Claire French : dancing what's not there


Claire French (choreographer)

Justine Chambers, Brenna McLaud, Heather Laura Gray (interpreters)

Claire French, Justine Chambers, Brenna McLaud, Heather Laura Gray, CM 2010

Beginning:

Came with an intellectual concept (the moment of forgetting) and a task for the interpreters (learn a phrase, then forget it).

Lots of attention was on Texture (subset of sensation of Action) and Rhythm (subset of Time).

Primary worlds were the internal world of each dancer.

Challenges:

  • to stick to what the idea IS (moment of forget) not its reverse (not remembering)

  • to physicalize the theme with internal actual physical performable repeatable actions that give information about the theme. •

  • to find clear symbols, not semaphoric movement (i.e. semaphoric: action that looks like it’s meaningful but few, or no one, understands).

Development/skills:

  • identifying physical sensations that dancers can conjure and use as sources for movement development •

  • when a moment “reads thematically” recognize the how the movement principles are interacting in order to build more clear material.

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