I must confess that I’ve bit off quite a bite trying to write and DO my own choreography challenge, but it’s coming along! For those who don’t know yet, I’m creating a 30 day challenge of creativity for MOVERS. At present it’s 30 days that can be in more or less days depending on the schedule of the Mover :), because if you’re like me you have a lot going on.
So I’ve written two days of challenges so far. Day 1: The first is to take photos or videos of creative movement inspired by your household chores! Everyone has them, we all loathe how they get in the way of our imagination, so USE IT. While it might feel mundane, I found that trying to do dishes, play with my children and take these photos was a lot of fun and gave me a much broader perspective on the kids of creative inspirations in my own home. I recommend repeating this one.
Day 2: This exercise is straight from the Intimate Act of Choreography with a slight adaptation. Chapter 3 on Speaking Body isolates the specific movement of body parts in order to help the mover to be able to speak LOUDER and more poignantly with even the smallest appendage. How? By experimentation of course!
Body Discovery (pg 17) Start with your hands, your non-dominant hand, and begin moving it. Make small movements and gestures taking pains not to move any other part of your body. This is where I deviated a bit. I started my improve while on a late night walk :). Sometimes I just can’t sit still but I’ve done this improv both ways and they are both fantastic for different reasons. Let your had become more animated, then let it start moving your arm joint by joint and JUST as you get to the shoulder, pass the movement over to your other hand. Again, begin small. Next try it with your toes and feet, then let your feet and arms dance together. “Com on, hand, try to ripple, spurt, stiffen, quiver, clench, scratch, hang, pulsate, drum, point….[Let it] show off a bit! It likes that…throw it away.” Now do this with other body parts.
I recommend trying this for several days in a row, either for Days 3-5 or overlapping the next challenges. Body discover is a lot like massage. The more you release the mental muscles the more parts of your “speaking body” you will discover.
That’s what I’ve got for today! I’ll create several more this week and post them over the weekend…Stay tuned :D.