Choreography Challenge – the next submission! Days 3-4

Wow, life is really getting ahead of me these days! BUT I did have a chance to go down to the park and try out some new improvs for my 30 day challenge.  See my blog Choreography Challenge – First Days for days 1-2.

Day 3 is simple.  Get outside, warm up, and then find things that make SOUND.  You can use sticks in your hands, throw leaves, crunch them under your feet, or maybe find a great echo!  I found a bridge with nice vibrating thump that I could manipulate with my feet. And the railings made it even better!  As you warm up, play with what KINDS of different sounds you can get from your chosen objects/surroundings. Then improv 2-3 short phrases before moving on to another spot. DON’T overdo one area! The goal isn’t to create a masterpiece or have perfect technique, it’s to PLAY and walk away feeling more in tune with your world as a mover.

Here’s a couple videos I managed. One on the bridge, the other on a raised cement pad that was uneven.  The bugs out here are REALLY noisey so you may have to IMAGINE the kinds of sounds I’m making, haha! Oh well 😀  It’s all about surround sound right?!

In this improv I was inspired by the pad but also by the passers by and the possibility of shyly experimenting with the concrete where I’m not quite sure if IT, or others, would approve.

Day 4:  Yup, you guessed it.  Follow the same pattern but only use YOUR OWN body to make the sounds.  Shoes, clothes, skin, mouth? Why not! Hair? toes, bum, etc. etc. etc.


Choreography Challenge – First Days

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.


Worship Moves

2015-05-01 10.00.53Webster defines adoration as paying honors to a divine being; worshiping God; or addressing one as God – demonstrated by external means. This is followed by a description of how people have expressed adoration and worship through the centuries and EVERY expression involved MOVEMENT! Bowing, prostration, turning, covering or uncovering, dancing, the bringing of gifts. Ways we have shown “profound reverence” to gods, kings, queens and others.

2015-08-30 11.38.49This really struck me because I’m such a mover and children are movers by nature 🙂 That our worship is not meant to be passive and stagnant. It is not just a though process of focusing our minds on God, it is meant to be that which causes us to physically respond to our reverence to God, like Miriam, David and so many more. I don’t think I’ll ever worship God again just sitting and singing words, there is so much more to give to really honor Him as the King of the Universe!!!

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