FALLING, FAILING AND LAUGHING ABOUT
Sink to the bottom of the now. Cixous 1997: 41
This two-day choreographic workshop develops ideas that Emilyn initiated at Falling About, (Siobhan Davies Studios December 2013), a cross disciplinary research lab exploring social, physical, metaphorical and psychological acts of falling.
Dancers understand a necessity for physical falling and learn how to do it safely, but this workshop is not only about falling in dance techniques or somatic movement codes. It is about those moments of encounter between us, where we experience gaps, failings, silences, silliness, absurdity and uncertainty – different kinds of fallings – not as moments to be brushed aside or glossed over, but as source for creativity and change. One such falling happens when we laugh, a vital sensation of uncontrollable physical imbalance between one known state and another.
At this workshop, falling is explored relationally, socially, physically and metaphorically, as integral to choreographic practice, drawing on a sense of intersubjective presence where you and I are not fixed identities but meet ourselves through encounters with each other. ‘Between is not an auxiliary construction, but the real place and bearer of what happens’ (Buber 1965).
Through individual and partnered movement tasks, improvisation, group process and discussion we will play with different ways to devise material for performance that encourages a sense of falling out of our social (or dance) face-to-face identities.
Something in the world forces us to think. This something is an object not of recognition but of a fundamental encounter… In whichever tone, its primary characteristic is that it can only be sensed. In this sense it is opposed to recognition. Deleuze 1994: 139
The workshop will draw on a range of arts practices, existential philosophies and theories and is suitable for artists across disciplines, for dancers and non-dancers.