When I began the video, I just wanted to dance on a soft surface! As I moved, the mat became a floating zoo or arc that I navigated as if I were exploring or trapped. Alligator, lizard, monkey, insect. I ran out of ideas and almost stopped at 7 minutes, but Olivia encouraged me to get to 10 minutes, and that's when the interesting shoulder movements happened. I was experimenting with seeing what organic movements could be generated in my arm and hand. Editing was fun because Olivia was a great videographer!
It helped to wait a few days between filming and editing because that time gave me distance from my own movements. I could see the footage more objectively (i.e., with no judgement) and make more interesting choices. "Kill your darlings," as they say in the arts.