The delightful, yet difficult, relationship between dance and words has formed a central line of inquiry for much (if not all) of the Labs work. We have explored this territory deeply – developing ways in which we can find words that resonate with, and in turn enrich, bodily experience. We have developed performative environments, workshops and extended strategies through which we invite a closeness to the bodily experience – whether we are dancing, writing or speaking.
‘SKRIPT’ is a micro-installation, in which we invited artists and members of the public to sit and write with us: to sit in silence and write from the here and now, from what is present in the body. This work is accompanied by a blog ‘Writing-Dancing’ and reflective article ‘Closer to the body: reflections on Skript’.
The performance duet and performance scores, ‘BreathBone | PresentTense’, use related languaging processes – this time using in-the-moment spoken form – as we make ourselves fully available to the felt sense and to dreamstates as the basis for a meditative performance.
Vida Midgelow and Jane Bacon, co-directors of Choreographic Lab, spent a good amount of the summer and early autumn of 2019 in residence at Dance4 developing the performance practice BreathBone - the first half of [...]