Antonio’s Open Lab slow to go fast 13.02.2015
Petra, Antonio and me tied into an inextricably linked conversation constantly driving each other’s thoughts and imagination. Sharing the studio with experienced ‘performer makers’ is a treat, and I am glad there were not more people involved because already we hit overflow. It really is an opportunity to talk to less people and it always surprises me how many people still consider value to be a matter of how many people attend … anything really. But I guess that is one of our daily deceptions. (And brings me back to Antonio’s lab last week which was based on camera play, to see and be seen … and it made me think at that time how many people watching something makes other people believe it must be good … and at the time we realised that when you have audiences on stage that watch a performance and others witness the watching as well as the performance … it becomes more important how the audience watches than the performance itself. The less people you anticipate watching the more you can focus on the performance).
Anyway, back to today: … we created endless lists of things in our minds about what to do that challenge you into the only real action of letting them go trusting they are there and will always be… and in continuing those conversation they will come back if they need to. This lab was a lab of time and brought me to moments being infinite, and us to perceive moments as places of multiple direction of choices and options. Mouths were not fast enough to talk, threads never singular … a relentless exploration for both body and mind. It makes me hungry and greedy for more.
I would like to use this writing to simply stream without need to prioritise or to mention who said what. Let’s say it all was ours. I believe Antonio and Petra would happily agree … because it is the meeting, the exchange that creates naming and articulation. It is each other’s thinking that stirs the conversation. It was very hard to leave. It may have taken us half an hour to step from one side of the door through to the other …
And maybe I enter our past conversations here (denying it already started obviously) because I am personally interested to invite experienced improvisers who explore voice work as well as body work or rather who do not separate voice from body, in order to do a talking piece. Moving and talking at the same time. The thing kids and teenagers do. You have them sitting in class and they listen, you ask them to get up and move and they talk. They can’t help it. This lab moved my idea (like other labs in the past) due to conversations that are potent and all circle around performance or elements linked to performance. Those conversation seem infinite and challenge our perceptions in fact express our perceptions and move them on. And how great would it be to share them and offer an audience to perceive this action … of bringing body and mind and people together making visible what is personal and together at the same time.
Also playing with the idea of time made me curious how through imagining moments being infinite a spacious mind and body is created. A mind soaring through the universe while at the same time being really strongly grounded in my body… without my mind manipulating movement because although it has a strong sense of body it can rely on it and trust it. What Antonio called ‘an agent’. I am not sure why that happens but for me it does possibly because with every moment bearing all possibilities, there is no wrong but freedom to navigate as presence and change arises. And it is a state of mind that somehow reaches out into all directions therefore is highly aware of what is going on.
Now, after expanding and endeavouring the idea of time I am afraid mine is running out. Daily impatient chores lurk outside this cafe. But before i finish just a little collection, hints or as we called them: unfinished pieces.
- imagine you were born yesterday.
- if you go to Resolution at the Place you will know that we have to continue making work… that is aware and mature.
- imagine your presence now is an excerpt from the future
- or the past.
- what is the right time?
- …ing of movement.
- if you move as fast as you can and allow some movements to escape this rapid speed they will happily expand and breathe and take their time.
- making choreography is maybe not about finding a structure in time and space but a mind set or both.
- and training becomes also a matter of focussing your mind.
- but what becomes of ownership in performance if we set up states of mind and perception?