There is now a long history of dancers being guided into using their “self” as the principle creative tool in devising processes. In this case we are principally asked to question reality, to expose ourselves to a void of what is beyond. Going there is a familiar feeling to most improvisers, going beyond there is perhaps more interesting if one has been there regularly over a few decades. It is a great challenge though, as in a ways it is asking to take you to a place that you have little idea of how to get to and maybe you won’t recognise it once you have gotten there or even after having returned/or found yourself in a new beyond. A dancer’s body is directly connected to their employability which lends the occupation a natural tendency towards egocentricity, any exploration that takes the dancer beyond themselves is potentially helpful in restructuring the inward egocentric gravity, then again perhaps the outward looking, grasping beyond could just be an expansion of psychological territory and exaggerate any already grand delusions!
Memory as a constituting of identity
Memory of memories- where does my memory end and turn into imagination or fabrication
My brain is finecombing its input and storage. I am using the output by synching it into perceptible and unperceptible movement.
This process takes my brain to another level of functioning. I do not really notice this as I am working but can reconstruct it from remembered thought patterns. Noticing things happening which would elicit or need to elicit a certain response, or a thought process into activity but due to this kind of dream state I do not have my usual tools at my disposal during these sessions.
After each rendering of the work, memories, reconstructions, debris of past renderings stream through me, emerging through the mesh, the porous gates of my cognitive brain.
The tools to embark upon this practice are in the structure, it calls upon previous experiences and allows me to put this into movement.
The difficulty comes when I have to decide how to interact with others because then I only have my experience to call on as each of the others have too.