As you read this, please picture the most beautiful/interesting movements you can imagine. It makes the story better. Otherwise, I just seem like a crazy person. If you think that is more fun, feel free.
Usually, in my dance practice, my starting point is in a chosen area (a dance studio, a stage, my living room, a specific site) and in a certain zone of concentration, that is I have an idea, a concept, a song, an emotion, or a movement that guides my choices. One day, I wanted to work with other dancers, but there was no one available. So, I went outside. There are always some people somewhere outside.
I walked out without a plan, to just let intuition and meetings guide me. The first thing I realised, maybe from insecurity, was that I wasn’t sure how or even if I wanted to move as I travelled down the street. What outside inspires me to move? Should I contain all “alternative” movement practices to designated areas?
I gradually found ways to move and realised that I would quickly develop new skills and movement qualities if I always moved outside that way. I traveled streets and parks waiting to meet someone. How do you meet a stranger through movement without seeming scary, crazy, or flirtatious? I was very careful, and people were surprisingly open and smiley. There were only three people that responded to my movements with movements of their own. Amazing! It felt like connecting on a soul-level and I became hyperaware of how absolutely amazing it is to meet another person who is on this planet at the same time as me. I became very curious about all the people to meet and how beautiful life would be if we lived in awe of the magic of existing together.
Even after this though, it’s still hard to dare to initiate a meeting. I’m interested in exploring ways to move and ways to meet people through movement. There is a lot of potential to connect and enjoy life through movement. There seem to be endless possibilities of finding new movements and ways of moving together, which I hope to develop further. I also hope others will be inspired to move more and develop possibilities further. I invite you to search for new movements in your everyday life, and new ways to move with those around you. I don’t know if it’s art, but it’s healthy and beautiful and everything good.