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Understanding Space.
After having worked with the body
perception our next step will be to
work with space. In order to
understand and use space it's
important to become aware of
directions and different places in
space. The center of space is the
balancing pole, from which the
mover guides him or herself to give
the right amount of volume in space.
An empty space is a space full of
constant motion, which can be
imbalanced by a person moving from
side to side, backwards or forwards,
diagonally or in circles. The mover
is the counter trust of space and is
therefore able to maintain the
balance in space.

The counter trust can be felt like a
sensation on the inside like the body
perception, but it is also very visual
from an outer perspective point of
view. The counter trust creates a
choreographic balance and through
the movement's pathways, different
distances, timing, speed, dynamics
and energy, it adds a visual
structure. Everything is related to the
rest in and throughout space. In
other words the energy flows into
space by taking geometric shapes
and regular and irregular dynamics
through the movement.

The space is to be seen like a
canvas on which one draws lines or
circles without lifting the brush until
the entire canvas has been covered
with different dynamic strokes. It
is useful to remember that whether
the directions are on a canvas or in
space they are used as a tool for
composition and structure.

Objects are another tool to use in
space. Objects add another layer
of balance and weight in an empty
space, which can be used to change
the center of the balancing pole.
Objects and persons in space need
to have their own balance pole,
before they can relate to each other
in the united moving space.

 

 

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How to work with the space, to feel space?
Working with space has a lot to do
with how to enter and exit space.
In order to do that it's necessary to
become aware of space. During the
workshop this will be confronted
through different types of movement
games, which will lead each mover
to discover and explore his own
perception of space. The movers
will be guided little by little to make
choices about where to be in space
and about which direction they will
confront with their energy. In other
ords; their ability to see and feel
space will expand.

The idea is to learn how to see
beyond the four walls of the studio
and manage to occupy space and
enrich it; increase the volume of
building space inside the mind and
use the body and its ability to open
up this space through directions.

Through different exercises of spatial
recognition and exploration such as
observing space from different
angles, feeling and sensing the
emptiness that fills it and by keeping
a constant connection through
relating positions from one location
to another in space, it will become
clearer to each mover how to use
space. Perceiving space with the
eyes open or closed, with the body
tone tense or relaxed etc. are other
exercises which will be explored in
the workshop.
We will work alone, in pairs, groups
of three or bigger, in which the roles
as an exterior observer will change
into an interior observer of space and
reversed. Learning how to switch
between the modes of observing.
The main focus working with space
is to become aware about how
different the movement can feel and
look just by changing the position
in space and understanding, using
space as a tool to create fluent and
connected movements.