Dance vid #1: fingers leading

I enjoy dancing to silence. My first improvisation teacher taught that music can have whatever role you desire in dance. In other words, I can ignore it if I so desire. He also told us to NOT DO ANYTHING unless we felt it, and not to do any established or choreographed movements. Usually dancers develop their vocabulary and range of movement through copying or learning per-existing stuff before creating their own. He went the other way around. This guy is probably my biggest influence on how I think about dance.

Now about the video:
I’m dancing in silence, but this album goes quite well with my slow movements.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cevqLxV8XKs
I took this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjBiIXL2dfU&feature=youtu.be  in June, practising a technique I learned right before leaving Montreal. The idea is to see the hand not as a singularity, but to see how each finger connects differently to the body, and thus how each will guild the body in a particular way of movement. For example, whereas the middle finger bends to form sharp angles and little quirks, the pinky extends to aline. It’s nothing fancy. In retrospect, I think I was having troubles separating what my mind wanted to do from what the tension in my body wanted to do. 

Side note: during my time dancing in Vancouver, one teacher basically told me I displayed no visible technique. It made me pretty angry, but she has a point. I have very little classical technique.
All that is to say, I’m awaiting the day when I can confidently say to myself that I’m a dancer. Until then, excuse my natural movements if they offend you.

I watched the video a few times. I watched it in reverse, in x2 speed, and in stop frames by keeping the video on pause and moving that progress nob thing, and these pictures were a consequence of that.

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Anyways, I hope this influx of weird doesn’t freak you out too much. I want to keep experimenting with other dance concepts. I’m would like to regularly upload videos like this: I have to get more comfortable with my art, and find people to bounce ideas off of. I hope this post was entertaining if nothing else. I would love to hear from you!

Chelsea

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