“Our body mind is a highly organized and structured affair, interconnected as only a natural organism can be that has evolved over hundreds of millions of years. An improviser does not operate from a formless vacuum, but from 3 billions years of organic evolution; all that we were is encoded somewhere in us. Beyond that vast history we have even more to draw upon: the dialogue with the Self – a dialogue not only with the past but with the future, the environment and the divine within us. As our playing, writing, speaking, drawing, or dancing unfolds, the inner, unconscious logic of our being begins to show through and mold the material. This rich, deep patterning is the original nature that impresses itself like a seal upon everything we do or are.”
Stephen Nachmanovitch “Free Play: Improvisation in Life and Art”
The proposed lab and performance would seek to explore bringing this evolutionary heritage more consciously into play within an improvisational frame.
My interest is in the body as a repository of experience, emotions, imagination and history and as a vehicle of willful human agency (including decision-making in improvisation). I’m interested in time. How our bodies hold residues of cosmic time (13.7 billion years), phylogenetic time (3 billion years), human time (500,000 years), familial time (100 years) yet locate their own life time as our vessel of lived experience – “dialogue with the Self”.
I am interested in exploring the performic possibilities that arise playing between these deep biological residues, the body AS NATURE, and the humanness of ego, desire, love, aspiration and fallibility. Can we play between the dramas of our daily time and our ancient Cnidarian ancestry or hold the two simultaneously and what does that look like? Are there different kinds of time which are palpably present and what are they?
The working process will involve elements of evolutionary movement, developmental movement, communing with nature juxtaposed with our very best efforts to entertain, be funny and create meaningful art. I invite members of the group to bring their own expertise and curiosity to the exploration.
To see how it turned out January 2014 Performance Lab