Movement Reading- Virtual Practice Day
Wednesday 26th August, 2020: VIRTUAL/ONLINE ONLY (ZOOM)
To attend, please be available from 10.00 – 17.00
Move into Life is a practice that encourages an equal alertness both to the participant's inner landscape and to their external environment. This implies a condition of literal and metaphorical ‘shifting balance’ within the changing moment, without either searching inside for some essentialist idea of deeper authenticity or becoming totally conditioned by the external activity of the environment.
This threshold of awareness between inner and outer experiences is constantly shifting according to circumstances. The perceptual practice used to develop this heightened sensitivity is called ‘reading’, a term adopted from Amerta Movement.
(I have found that a good way to have a sense of ‘reading in movement’ is to deconstruct the process of reading a book and to apply that imaginatively to moving.)
We shall be exploring this aspect of practice through the day, both on Zoom and in your own embodied environment. So you can book in as one person as usual or 2 or more people can book together and work together for the day, as well as working with the wider group through Zoom.
Maximum: 12 people
Although the costs of a virtual workshop are significantly lower than usual, there is more work than usual in imagining, preparing and holding the creative process before and during the event.
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"For me, the process is like reading a book. It isn’t helpful to stop after each movement or sequence, each word or each sentence to ask what it all means, but if I pay attention somatically to a situation, meaning may become apparent as I reach the end of the improvisation, just as it does when I reach the end of a chapter. Or I may need to wait until the end of the book.
The meaning I find won’t, of course, be the same as the meaning you find. The meaning and the reading are personally and culturally specific and my position during the moving will have been that of involved-witness-within-the-story rather than detached reader or observer.
... My experience is that, over time, movement reading in daily life cultivates a positive flexibility of attitude and expands my capacity to tolerate paradox and difference. It also offers me a broader, more systemic view of the moment of which I am a part – I can be aware of more of the layers and folds.
Movement reading as a performer allows me to be aware in each moment of my own constellation and of my part within the group constellation. Active and passive both have a part to play in movement reading. I am ‘active’ when I initiate choices for my own constellation and ‘passive’ as I receive my position within the group ."
(extract from Embodied Lives)