Monday, August 22, 2011

How We Move

I've recently been helping my neighbour, help a friend, who is doing a research project for an MA. The task was to produce a 15 second video on the topic provided; there were four videos in total.

The tasks were received at the rate of one a week, with a prompt turnaround requested in order to provide an instinctive rather than choreographed response.

Eight people have been asked to contribute. These all vary in age, gender, background etc to see how they interpret the topic and how their movements differ.

Here are the four videos, with context, that I helped Marielaine with. Please comment and share if you find them interesting.

Video No.1 - a childhood memory

Marielaine remembered being six years old and sneaking out onto her father's rowing boat, which she wasn't really allowed do on her own. She remembered the effort she felt in trying row.

Video No.2 - Mary Oliver poem

To live in this world, you need to be able to do three things;
To love what is mortal, to hold it against your bones knowing your life depends on it;
And, when the time comes to let it go, let it go

Marielaine felt this:
Holding a circle helps you to know where you are as well as who and what you are.

Are you stroking a baby's head?
Are you holding a lover's hand?
Are you protecting your own fragility?

All, all must be let go of, released, said goodbye to ...

Video No. 3 - when do you feel most alone?

Marielaine's initial response:

When they go
When the space empties
When the house is empty
When the hum of the refrigerator is the only sound

Sometimes they leave behind a lot of spirit
And you look for it ...
From room to room

But eventually you must sit down alone
And fill up with their presences
When they go
When the space empties
When they are not there

Video No. 4 - footprint

Marielaine's initial thought (although she felt it conjured up stereotypical images) was a short poem by Caroline Plummer

Blow by the wind
As grains of sand
Leaving only our footsteps
We dance


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