What kind of dance?
The kind that comes from within, in the moment.
The motion of the body directed by the non-ego.
It can be felt as a flow through the body.
Or as Arny Mindell quotes in his Dreambody book:
A feeling for the field in which the body exists.
The spontaneity of dance revitalizes conscious life,i.e.forms and names. In this way the body liberates itself from the mind`s control and new rest is achieved.
Material for the spine/Contact Improvisation: Steve Paxton
A renowned artist, Steve Paxton’s early background was in gymnastics, modern dance and classical dance. He then explored yoga, tai chi chuan and aïkido. He performed with the Merce Cunningham Dance Company and was a founding member of the Judson Dance Theater and the Grand Union improvisation collective in New York. In 1972, he started developing a new dance form, Contact Improvisation, a method that is now practiced around the world. Paxton performs, choreographs, lectures, and teaches primarily in the Americas and in Europe.
Tuning Score: Lisa Nelson
Lisa Nelson is a dance-maker, improvisational performer, and collaborative artist who has been exploring the role of the senses in the performance and observation of movement since the '70s. Stemming from an investigation of video and dance in the '70s and '80s, she developed an approach to spontaneous composition and performance she calls 'Tuning Scores'.
Nelson travels widely to perform, teach and create dances and maintains long-term collaborations with other artists, including Steve Paxton, Scott Smith, Daniel Lepkoff, videoartist Cathy Weis. She received a NY “Bessie” Dance and Performance award in 1987 and an Alpert Award in the Arts in 2002. She has co-edited Contact Quarterly international dance and improvisation journal for over 30 years. She lives in Vermont, USA.
Logomotion: Simone Forti
American dancer and choreographer Simone Forti (born 1935 in Florence, Italy) has been a leading figure in the development of contemporary performance over more than fifty years. Artist, choreographer, dancer, writer, Forti has dedicated herself to the research of a kinesthetic awareness, always engaging with experimentation and improvisation.
Investigating the relationship between object and body, through animal studies, news animations and land portraits, she reconfigured the concept of performance and dance.
Forti emigrated from Italy with her family via Switzerland to Los Angeles in 1938, where she subsequently studied for four years with choreographer Anna Halprin and has since spent most of her life.
She joined the experimental downtown art scene in New York during the emergence of performance art, process-based work and Minimal Art and spent a fruitful time in Rome in the late 1960s, where she used the spaces of L'Attico to study and perform.
Her work is seen as a precursor of the famous Judson Dance Theater —a group of artists experimenting with dance, including Trisha Brown, Steve Paxton, and Yvonne Rainer— and Minimal Art, although she prefers to be referred simply as a "movement artist".
Forti has worked with artists like Dan Graham, Robert Whitman, Allan Kaprow and Claes Oldenburg and composers like Charlemagne Palestine, Peter Van Riper, and La Monte Young.