choreo-geography in ‘the liminal space experiments’: coding, mapping & movement, on home and belonging

Part of an ongoing development of a methodology I have named ‘choreo-geography’. This iteration: ‘The Liminal Space Experiments’ was developed originally to be tested at independent dance festival ‘Moving Bodies Fest’ in Johannesburg, and consists of seven movement x sensory activities. The images below are of a test group of dancers, artists, a poet and a filmmaker, invited into the journey to play with memory, space and time.

What do our bodies remember, that our minds have forgotten?

The Liminal Space Experiments investigate the (dis)orientation felt by and through our bodies as a result of real and perceived boundaries placed on our selves, our journeys, interactions, connections and learnings — placing and displacing, belonging and longing.

Exploring how the presence and movement of our bodies create individual and collective memories… allowing new maps to take form and shape. I purposefully tried to not directly say the word for the theme (home), to encourage participants to open up about the sense of direction or focus more personally, expressively and broadly.

Day 1: focused on introducing / working on this ‘new language’, embodied languages and gestures as well as playing with possibilities in new codes, personal through to collective ones, body as coordinates within space – so even the positioning communicates, organic connections and movement and the role of sound and the voice, that of others of your own and your echo.

Day 2: More storytelling and collaborative, interpretation and mapping, tactile – using malleable materials like clay and tape

Stage 1: To get dancers to SHARE PERSPECTIVES + interact with POLE (give it SYMBOLIC MEANING, as home is a different meaning to each of us)

Stage 2: Introduce SOUND and CODE to direct movement in a consistent / COLLECTIVE LANGUAGE – a fluid EMBODIED CONVERSATION

Stage 3: Evolve the COLLECTIVE LANGUAGE to include SPACE, respond to VOICES home + abroad

Stage 4: Develop PERSONAL COLLECTIVE LANGUAGE, by responding to the PAST 

Stage 5: Develop CONNECTIONS + BOUNDARIES, by MOLDING the PRESENT

Stage 6: Explore CHANGE, how our JOURNEY’S CROSS those of others asking us to respond, by moving towards the FUTURE

Stage 7: UNIFY the CHOREOGEOGRAPHY + Feedback

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