Ritual is innate. We gesture before we verbalise.
The visual precedes the verbal. From birth, we know how to move. We revel in pleasure. At some point, our mode of being switches and the verbal/audio takes over. Everything gets re-routed through a primary method of talking and intellectualising thus bypassing our body’s capability of visual and spatial intelligences.
Dance has the power to re-connect us with our bodies. Dance does not necessarily need explaining or verbalising. Our lives and the world we live in have become overloaded with noise… over-stimulated and over-fed. We fill empty spaces with noise and talk because silence and stillness can be awkward for some. We live in an audio-dominant society.
Led by contemporary dancer and performing artist Anna Seymour, this experiential workshop will offer some insights behind Anna’s latest choreographic work including tools to connect with your physical, visual and tactile awareness in movement. Anna will also open up conversations about themes of collaboration, culture, language and communication. Innate knowledge of Deaf culture will be shared and applied to movement as ritual.
This workshop asks the question of what movement means to us individually and collectively. Have we lost our confidence and ability to tune in our bodily intelligence and visual intelligence? How will that change our experiences and understanding of dance and movement? Suitable for dance and movement artists, actors and directors of varying levels of experience.
Image credit: Pippa Samaya, Under My Skin, Next Wave 2016.