Dance improvisation during the first covid19 lockdown. France, March 2020
Keeping on improvising movements with/on/against music. As with other infra-red records of December 2019, I was non-stop improvising on a random playlist. This funny exercise led me to consider more seriously what is happening in the improviser's mind.
This sharing is a really tricky thing to me for it is clearly innocent, wild and fragile. Sharing improvisation is, somehow, part of the challenge of improvising : making things happen and communicating them just as they came up with the shorstest time for making a decision.
In this exerpt, danced with Mark Turner's solo "Beauty Mark", it felt clear my improvisation was trying to bring somethning new each time. This willingness for non-redundancy was really challenging. It was a mental process, a kind of pressure but also a frame for freedom. Anyway, qualities of movement and presence were both impacted. While watching this record aftermath, the idea popped up : to try, next time, a very redundant and rythmic dance with no more than 5 combinations of 4 movements to be repeated till they collapse or produce something new...
In this impro, I've also appreciated playing with the rythm and the complexicity of Turner's fingering by adding some stillness or downpitched movements.
Once again, all of this is improvised. Nothing has been written. The only training I did before was focused on deepening the quality of listening to the music.
A soft and slow exploration of connectedness with dancer Andy Kilian in Berlin, Summer 2019.
Additionnal music : Meredith Monk, "Ellis Island", from "Piano Songs" album.
We don't own rights to the music.
improvised solo during Christmas night 2015. Exploring the effects of
infra-red camera combined with a single tiny source of light.
Instead of words, some movements. A Ziegler letter is a very short message to a far away friend. It's personnal. This is a communication. The principles of a Ziegler letter is : imrpovisation (during 8 minutes maximum), working on the edition no longer than one hour... and then sending the letter to the recipient.
Between museums of Art and museum of War, we dance, we get lost, we find ourselves back. Automn 2015 was a fantastic period of exploration of this beautiful park in Brussels. All these works led to the creation of Jubilee dance film.
Thanks to Pierre-Jean Develter, Julien Marcelle and Laurent Ziegler for opening up and supporting this intense time of creativity.
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