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  • Writer's pictureAlysa Leung

To observe: Dancing and talking - Mathilde Monnier 2

Updated: Aug 28, 2022

We start with a yoga exercise and end with a voice warm-up.


Today’s key exercise is connecting the text with the body rhythm. We firstly create different rhythms from the group and then go to the text. In this process, a body can sit aside and observe, talk about the text, or just do the rhythm. The dancers' relationship is established through the sense of space, the connection between bodies, rhythms and strength.


And in the afternoon session, we have a presentation on each group’s work. Indeed, the six groups are super distinct from each other:


For example:

Group 1: playing with variations of spoken language with the sync movement

Group 2: composition of group improv as a whole

Group 3: how different cultural contexts affect the body and voice

Group 4: using the rules of sync bodies as a context of the “twins interview”


The first note of this process is: WHO DO YOU ADDRESS?

In other words, it means to whom you dance.


Focus on stage

For example, are you dancing for the audience? Or are you communicating with your partners?

The focus of choice contributes to the composition of the dance. Like acting, we have different “approach” to speaking lines. We also have a different focuses on addressing the others, But dance, is a new lesson for me. Interestingly, when we are thinking through text and dance, the trajectory of theatre and dance comes subtly.


Order of the exercise:

I also reflect on the order of playing with the exercise:

For example, when we do rhythm first and text later, it creates various possibilities of thinking through how the text can be delivered. Let the voice be moved by the body without killing the possibilities by ‘rational thinking. Language has a dominant role in performance, as mentioned before. When we start from the body, dialogue between conscious and subconscious choices occurs.


Sustain the choice

Different from our practice, the presentation is 10-15 mins long. As Mathilde mentioned, “how to sustain a scene is important”. Even though we are “finished”, just hold for a little longer, the interesting moment may happen.

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