Monday, April 30, 2018
Lab on 4/16 lead by Cyrus
Everything flowed together so smoothly that it is hard to separate out the different explorations/exercises, but this is some of what we covered.
Started in pairs and one trio, head-to-head, exploring and mapping the surfaces of the skull. This tender attention transitioned into the spine and a sense of fitting into the curvature of the partner's body.
Cyrus talked about the care around the head, the gentleness we give that sensitive area and compared it to how we treat children--with care and sensitivity. We danced again with that idea, to treat each person with the care we would give a child. Someone brought up the idea of having t-shirts printed with a childhood photo.
Then trios took turns with witnessing.
Here are some key words I jotted down during discussion:
Beauty, lack of agenda, no ego, high levels of coordination, finding stillness, organic discovery, fitting, feeding, nuzzling.
And some ideas:
Allowed to be open/non-defensive because you know everyone is in a state of care. Soft placed faces, eyes at back of socket. A score that is easy to stay with. The head is easy to return to. The head is the new pelvis.
Lab on 4/23 lead by Christian
Christian took the concept "what do you love about contact" and ran with it. We got to do some of Christian's favorites!
Started in a place of eyes closed and Christian paired us anonymously with partners for a ouija-style single fingertip dance of non-ambition, waiting, and listening. After a long while this was permitted to grow. Then one partner opened eyes and did the "Brushin' Russian" exercise (credit given to Michal) where one person gave little brushes that lead their partner on little movement journeys. Evolved from brushing into other qualities of touch. Then partner left alone to do a little solo of "surprises" imagining impulses coming at unexpected times from unexpected directions, imitating the quality of having the partner's information. Then we switched roles.
Then we did trios building on the idea of giving information through manipulation rather than center-weighted rolling point of contact. Then we had quartets where three people would fly one person through the air, and then the flying person would rotate. Then we did a 12 minute dance where there was always a trio and a quartet but it could shift fluidly.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Also in attendance: Scott, Christian, Denise
Thinking about the heart and it's functions.
--It pumps blood. Get it pumping, move blood through the body. Warm the core, wake the edges.
One song solo warm up(Can't Hold Us by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis)
Three songs collective dancing--maybe some contact but primary directive dance party. Finding some idea of ensemble. (Sweet Dreams by Eurythmics, Stay by The Zodiacs, Higher & Higher by Jackie Wilson)
--Heart brings blood to the lungs to be oxygenated. It is vital, it is vitality. Life-blood. It is the pleasure of being alive.
15 minute duet of vitality:
Dance of vitality. Indulge in your aliveness, witness and celebrate your partner's vitality too.
We did two 15 min duets, swapping partners.
"Lungs are the wings of the heart"
"Look at all the things I can do with my human body"
Denise: Melded the quality of appreciating little moments, but also energy. These are not always dances that go together. ie detailed dances tend to be non-energetic, energetic dances not as focused on listening/nuance.
Christian: A sense of appreciating each other's choices and noticing being appreciated. The time to stay with the person and develop that noticing.
Kaitlin: Nice mindset to return to: positive and open. Places an intention around it that gives it a shine.
Denise: Gave a sort of permission to do anything because we're just honoring each other's vitality.
Christian: the way an electromagnet responds to polarity, pushing off, flipping back and forth, feeding off reciprocating energy
--The heart is the center of the circulatory system. A network. We have heart strings attached to people across our community.
Dance as prayer:
12 minute duets. Each person takes a turn tracing the names of those who they would pray for, those who are pulling on our heart strings, placing those names in the vessel of our partner. (Found a lovely melting-in or sand sensation if the back surface is smoothed with the palms between names.) Then together a dance of prayer, honoring the names placed inside both of you.
Monday, April 2, 2018
Tonight's lab led by Hallie!
Also in attendance: Cyrus, Denise, Julius, Connie, Kaitlin
As always, my memory is limited and selective!
Began sitting in a circle, pressing our hands into the hands of the people on either side of us. Pushing harder, then barely touching, then finding the middle. We did a little dance of hand departure and found our way into the ground. Hallie invited us to find "arrivals and departures" with the floor, to notice as we roll that as one part arrives, another departs, and vise versa. She then invited us to find a stillness, and do a meditation on gratitude--picking a person, or switching between people, and remembering things they've done for us or things about them we are grateful for. We then broke into three duets of arrivals and departures. Hallie invited us to play with primary position (fetal) and secondary position (arching/reaching) and to use these to support and wrap around the energy of our partner. Then we paused and noticed the heat spots of where we in contact with our partner. We carried that heat with us as we did dances of arriving and departing with the whole room (grazing sort-of).
After some group reflection we did the following structure:
Two lines of three people. The 1st person in line (Person A) solos while Person B and C watch.
When Person A feels they have arrived, they invite person B to join, Person C witnesses the duet. When Person A feels the duet has arrived, they depart and join the back of the other line while Person B is left to solo. Eventually they invite Person C to join them, thus restarting the pattern. Both lines go simultaneously, and cycle through so you are always dancing with a new person. This was really lovely, even though yours truly got confused about which party initiates the joining, thus resulting in some extra-long solo action!
To finish up we had on person solo, and then, when invited, two others enter together to join for a short trio. The other three witness. Then we switched groups.
Monday, March 19, 2018
***Disclaimer: my memory is not always great. If I've forgotten something just email me and I'll add it in***
Led by Connie
Connie, Kaitlin, Cyrus, Denise, Julius, Sheila, Hallie in attendance.
Walk through space, find human, settle into a hug. Get the hug you want to get, give the hug you want to give.
Rotating 4 minute duets
In stillness, connect to each other's pulse. Swiftly/softly tell your partner one thing in the past week that brought joy/comfort, and one thing that was hard or frustrating. Then dance the remainder of the time.
Whole group gathers with hands on one person's back, sensing heart beat. "It" person feels support, then moves through space however they like. They place their hands on someone else when finished to change 'it' person.
Sheila leads next week. I will be gone, so I deputized Julius to take lab notes in my stead.
Monday, March 12, 2018
Happy 2018 everyone!
I think this is a very interesting focus for the lab, and I think we should keep trying to push ourselves into livelier dancing and sharing.
DATES: 3/9/15 - 4/20/15.
NEXT LABLUCK: 4/27/15
THE THEME: Metaphor. Katherine will lead the first 2 weeks with ——> MATH.
START TIME: 6:50 PM
In the fall we did music, then witnessing, and then EDGE
Over-stimulation of senses, blind dancing to an edge
Alex: questions, long duration duet, ask q’s of each other- what emotions came for you.
Lisa: dark for a long time, sides, when do you move from being on one side to another
Mike: couldn’t talk on the way to lab about your day. How the person’s body was, danced in the dark. Edge of perception- sensing when someone was moving towards them.
Scott: duration, yes and no- what edges come up around that.
Sheila: edge of self, cloud pillow, where you end and the other people begin.
Cyrus: what we don’t give ourselves permission to do, what we actively resist.
Scott- Conceptually we struggled, hard to define what we meant by edge. They weren’t building on each other. Scott didn’t find himself confronting edges.
Louis- we have lablucks, we propose these themes- just because we didn’t arrive at something, doesn’t mean it failed- it just means we’re not picking a theme to create a particular response to the theme. Sometimes the discovery is nebulous.
mike- did this lab session have the rigor that we want labs to have. Does it have rigor, will it change our dancing in some way?
Sheila- I felt I heard a lot of people saying that it was interesting that it wasn’t an edge.
Katherine- Usually with labs we’re each able to expand what that theme is to us. Edge- one person’s edge is not an edge for me. Interesting thing about edge. I didn’t want to explore my personal edge in the lab. That felt true for me. I have physical space edges, but that space is too small.
Scot- it would have been different in a country far away to explore this. There is a freedom that comes with being strangers. In lab, I hope to maintain these lab relationships for the rest of my life.
Sheila- a whole weekend I can open up in a way to feel the edge. Felt like I was forcing that experience.
Katherine- sometimes our themes don’t drive the lab indirectly. I got something new out of that lab— that seems like a functional use of the theme. They compost into the facilitator’s mind.
Mike- music- we weren’t exploring what music is— just playing with how it effects our dancing.
Katherine- some are harder to have a common experience of— edge is that. Music is something we all share in the space.
Who is IN?
Katherine is leaving March 21st returning beginning of June.
Louis, Mike, Liz, Cyrus, Connie, Roel, Lisa, Scott, Nadia, Sheila, Julius. Katherine + Michal
Christian suggested ‘surprise’ as the theme.
Dates 3/9/15 - 4/20/15. 4/27/15 next lab luck.
THE THEME: Metaphor - theme- Katherine will lead the first 2 weeks with ——> MATH.
Mike- interested in numbers- the way that relationships come to play, duets, quintets. Thinking about duration, I like studying the flow of time.
Katherine- metaphor, analogy. A lot of us have metaphors that we are dancing with. Dig into each other’s metaphors. Get into the mind space.
Mike- reminds me of personal scores.
Sheila- use of space. Creating definitions of how we are using the space. Choose space and dancing in it.
Scott- limitations. Forces a creativity that if you are free to break away from it, you are limited.
Liz- Metaphor can get to that. As a score.
Louis- metaphor won’t stop me from using my arms.. creates a different view point. Doesn’t prevent the dance from going into familiar patterns.
Liz- sometimes you are saying you can, or you can’t. When you create rules- it is an invitation. Playing with the you can and you can’t.
Scott- I invite you to think about closing your eyes..
Mike- last time we talked about limitation that take you to an edge.
Scott- I like numbers- looking at things that are broad enough. It will create some sense of limitations so that we are problem solving. Love words and image- love metaphor.
Nadia- part of the appeal- look in and see what is happening in there (brians)
Scott- I rarely dance from metaphors.
Louis- dance as a metaphor for personal relationships.
Katherine- a lot of contact, reminds me of math. To invite - however you have filled in that sentence. What goes on it your body.
Scott- contact is like a puzzle
Liz- really evocative language. “ dancing on you like a pad of butter.”
Co-facilitation- drawings. We miss the crayons.
start at 6:50!
Nadia- we always say.. if we had more time. We have 2 hours- so maximize the 2 hours. Be ready to start at 7. If you get there late, integrate. If you facilitate, don’t wait.
By the way, we are amazing.
Here are Lab Notes from Tonight! Thank you to Michal and Michael for hosting in their beautiful home. Thanks to Mazey for being super cute--a first of many lab lucks for here I hope! Some pictures are attached. Would love to see some of the "heads" pictures.
Personally remind folks to check out the classes. Personal reminders might be more effective than online invites.
Kaitlin will write article for Seattle Dances to advertise for our classes.
Someone could post something on Seattle Barefoot Dancers.
Continue to make announcements at the Sunday Jam and other events.
Processing and Debriefing classes from week to week: