Studio Notes from 11/7

How to explore the work of Mary Wigman?

GESTURE
MASK
DRAMA

**Chi Gong shares some movements with Wigman’s witch dance!!!

NATIONAL IDENTITY

I am thinking about creating a dance for one thousand people that represents American nationalism. What is American nationalism? What does it look like? What does it stand for? *separating people out for the illusion of unity

We want to do some mask work/exploration:
Ritual dance – traditions, shamanism, transformation *healing quality
mystic
witch doctor
masking identity
Neutral + animal (totem)
How do we create a space for transformation? Objects, set, natural elements – dirt, moss
filling the space with “ma”
moments of chaos! Allowing space for something. Even we don’t know what will happen

Ma is a Japanese word which can be roughly translated as “gap”, “space”, “pause” or “the space between two structural parts.” The spatial concept is experienced progressively through intervals of spatial designation. In Japanese, ma, the word for space, suggests interval. It is best described as a consciousness of place, not in the sense of an enclosed three-dimensional entity, but rather the simultaneous awareness of form and non-form deriving from an intensification of vision.

you can’t force transformation!
it’s a spiritual practice
Repetition
**Formulaic
we think a huge transformation is the goal but it is actually the product
**We must have a daily practice
Change takes a long time
**Failed Shamanism – what happens when shaman doesn’t succeed in calling/embodying the spirits?

How do you practice being who you are?

Totems:
Bryan: Crow
Sara: Dragonfly, Dog (dog head with suit), Mountain, Egg
Aurora: not sure yet, maybe moss?

Wind
Tornado
Storms

 

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