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Fractal is Dance

Fractal geometry is characterized by self similarity and endless iteration. Using dance, the human experiences the fractal as a simple form that varies by repeating an infinite range of combinations. Using this experimental process, dance interrelates all the human systems and has the outcome of simplifying the entire experience in a melodic form of metaphor.

Dance is a friendly entry point for using the fractal. Actually dance is already built on the fractal with its full experience in every direction, every mood, every dynamic, every rhythm.

Dance is defined as the principles that were selected through evolution and hard wired along with music into the earliest humans. Dance movement is similar to music which uses only twelve notes and is infinitely able to express in melodic statements the unity of a person, a generation, a people.

The artistic process like the scientific process is built on simple elements that are combined into an infinite number of experiments. Dance deserves our focus because it uniquely interconnects every human system physical, personal, motivational. Dance goes beyond mechanics to the quality of movement and to the interrelationship of emotion and the building of the self.

Fractal concepts are applied in dance by the use of pattern, interconnecting signals throughout the entire person through perception, rhythm, timber, and melody.

Pattern are added to pattern down to the smallest size and to the slowest speed. Basic shapes are triangles and spirals.

Signals are differentiated through the nervous and limbic systems. Signals initiated from specific areas of the spine define movement qualities and dynamics of mood and emotion.

Quality is defined as variations of initiation and extension giving concepts such as sustained or staccato, flicking and floating.

Dynamics is a use of increase and decrease, emphasis to initiate force or ease.

Anticipation precedes initiation with either arc or continuing line. The variations interrelate the processes of perception, integration of new forms as they emerge, and the process of metaphor to simplify and express the building of the self and the community.

Rhythms are constructed of sound and silence. Rhythms are visualized with shape using a binary mode made of short and long durations.

Timber is identified with imagery of sensation, color and taste.

Melody is the formation of a metaphor to represent a person, a people.

Perception differentiates incoming signals and builds awareness and interconnection of each human system. Perception may begin with the eyes, ears, nose, taste, skin, then progress to the sense of chemical and electrical modulations within the body, then may become interrelated to the processes of anticipating and initiating transformations and finally to the building of the self through metaphor. Perception may be within a range of both familiar or unfamiliar experience. All experiences are integrated through fractal processes of identifying simple forms, varying these forms in infinite repetition of combinations.
Tim Hurst 09/06/15

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Dance a Fractal

A fractal is a pathway, a shape the reveals an experience of nature’s beauty as both simple and complex, as direct and intricate.

As a dancer, movement can follow a line or a curve. Since dance is a unique study of the curve, how do we express a fractal. A simple curve gives way to a loop within the curve. Repeating this refreshed pattern gives way to another loop within the loop. The variation continues until a simple curve refreshes itself with all the experience of the previous fractal.

The improvisational dancer is familiar with following one movement that builds upon another. The surrender to the fractal image is allowing loops to recur and vary with every curved movement of any part of the body. The variations then can involve every direction and every level of intensity or color to name only a few possibilities.

Loops upon loops, circles upon spirals, all reveal pathways and different levels of experience.

With the dancer, every part of the body can create a fractal dance, each unique with contrapuntal melodies and interplaying rhythms.
Tim Hurst 08/21/17

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Dancing Fractals

Dancing Fractals 071617. Tim Hurst
Dancing like fractals builds from the simplest premise of a curve and a line.

Dance is the study of this process beginning with simplicity and adding variation. Like the fractal, a curve within a curve creates an alternate contour, an alternate sequence. Movement looked at as an entire network of contours means a new reality is created. A new equation emerges that can be applied to an intricate series of variations.

So dance like the fractal plays with the new contour of one curve substituted for a part of a simple curve or line. Within the new contour, another curve is substituted creating another contour. This process is continued creating an intricacy that we experience as beauty and as a representation of the complexity of life beginning from a recurring simplicity.

Dance is the process of creating these representations of the self and the group. The basic principles of these representations are first the contours that we call melody and second the breaking apart of the contours that we call rhythm.

The dance process from simple to intricate creates the contours and rhythms that permeate all levels of human experience. The representations created through dance variations are integrated down to the cellular level. We have access to these representations that we can experience as networks.

To these networks we can add variations and begin our creation of other fractals of intricacy and beauty. Our experience of life as beauty is the awe of being able to see our part in this process. Gratitude is one response to this awe. Another response is the benefits of survival.

Dance builds from these moments of awe with anticipation of more life, more variation, and more representations of the intricacies on our interconnected networks. The melodies and rhythms of our fractals become palpable both as an individual and a group. We can see ourselves and grasp how simple variations build us a humans.

There are two different responses to the growing anticipation and creation of fractals. From gratitude comes vulnerability and receptiveness. From seeking the benefits of survival comes ambition to perfect the intricacies of melodic and rhythmic bonds.
Tim Hurst 07/16/17