Most of my weekly rites up til now have been less "dance-y" but after seeing Sean Dorsey Dance perform on Friday night, I was inspired improvise focusing on gesture and hand/arm-initiated movement. I like dancing in response to performances that I see, trying out a different vocabulary and trying to move from an alternate point of view. It felt foreign, and it made me realize how little I usually think about my hands when I'm improvising. Initiating with meaningful intention from my hands helped me to minimize the amount of filler in my improvisation and added a lot of specificity. Working with dramatic music that has a lot of strength and nuance in phrasing keeps me mentally present and helps me balance sequential progression and specific intention. I tried hard to make each movement or absence of movement purposeful while maintaining a narrative arc or logical flow between movements, (i.e. without getting stuck or giving up on an impetus). After spending a ton of time editing different clips, I decided to just stick with this one section to show how the combination of this music, Sean's inspiration, and specificity affects my improvising.
I look really grumpy, but itâ€™s just because the sun is making me squint hard! I was actually really enjoying the gorgeous weather.