Etch R&D Day 1 – Claire’s Reflections

It was really interesting for me today as I was aware that the dancers had been working together the week before and that this was a much smaller group as we had lost 2 dancers due to unavailability. The energy in the studio felt quite low and everyone seemed very reflective about the previous week. Matthew and Natalie both came in to meet with us and as Mat is away for the duration of the R&D he shared some of his practice and interest with us and left us with a provocation about our senses. All of the discussion took the group to quite a thoughtful heady place and even when we did introduce movement it was tricky for the dancers to really let go. There was a lot of thought happening which seemed to be quite restrictive to the risks being taken with movement and also the introduction of text. The afternoon was spent doing structured improvisations and sewing the seeds for further explorations with movement and text.

Claire Summers

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