I am currently in Tallahassee, FL in a project organized by HIJACK Dance in collaboration with the MANCC Residency at FSU. What all the letters mean, is a group of us had the supported opportunity to practice Tuning Scores altogether; Arwen Wilder, Karen Nelson, Kristin Van Loon, Lisa Nelson, Morgan Thorson, Naomi Joy, and myself. It has been just one of those experiences….. from the beginning, “go” ~ we worked specifically with single image scores, blind trio unison, and the Go score…. and experienced how Go manages to contain the rest, and how in the “Aftermath” of one (to quote HIJACK) the next is effected…..
I am deeply in the practice of the call “Delay,” — of consideration before action, of feeling the space of waiting, the potentiality, the movement around that continues even despite the delaying, the possibility for being in action while still delaying the action at the moment of the call. Also reveling in how much is seen the slower we get, how in this “Theater of Opinions” (an earlier term used by Lisa for the Scores) when people have strong and clear desires, it is so damn exciting, and how liminal space offers polar tone in relation to organized, singular action. And what it feels like to be along the spectrum…. the clarity of the shared image space helps to register where one is along the slide.
We seemed to have this alternating experience of complexity <-> clarity and back again…. so the complex “improvisations” — when we weren’t all clear where we began, one time making calls from within warming-up rather than setting up a shared intention — managed to help invoke a desire for clarity which we all followed that then in turn led to the next curious confusion, back into the sublime sense of being in something together that tuning can provide. Why is this a familiar patterning, the alternation of clarity and confusion?
Thanks to the visionary HIJACKers for bringing us together, to Lisa for editing us all, to Carla Peterson for helming the operation, the whole MANCC crew, and particularly Chris Cameron, who took the stunning pictures below, all from the first day, from where we kept on going:
From Behind the curtains
Blind Trio Unison with students at FSU Dance, at the Forum where Lisa facilitated an exchange
Morgan working magic with a big table object/subject
Lisa at the Forum
A recurring theme
All photos by Chris Cameron
Up next: a week of receiving the choreographic process with HIJACK in a trio, in the “Aftermath” of our Tuning week….