My life is a series of experiments that began when I was a child and continues today. Inspiration came from movement and dance, music, meditation and prayer.
Today I am beginning to look at myself as an experiment. My quest is to see myself through one lens, as a network of interconnected signals. My attempt is to list any discoveries I make about dance. These are personal and untested except by my observation of the principles at work in dancers or in the dance teacher’s classroom. Connections to scientific research is likewise an hypothesis suggesting a connection between a theory and the detailed experience of dance teachers and choreographers.
Dance is my focus even though I am a perpetual beginner and patterns are a constant challenge. My study of dance began with pieces of technique that I immediately applied to improvisation. Emotion and imagery were my tools as I experienced many forms of dance and diagnostic movement techniques. When I began to be more aware, Ballet gave me a comprehensive view of dance principles for variation of melody, rhythm, dynamics, and direction.
I choose signals as my study to make my tasks simple which became to clarify signals, to interconnect signals, and to nurture an environment within and outside myself where signals can move with ease. Signals are instantaneous and can pass through constricted body areas and bypass limiting thoughts and fears.
Signals are also intersections between directed and intuitive action, between goals of perfection and images that go beyond the physical, between repetition and variation, between the verbal and nonverbal, the known and the unknown.
Signals are a common language in the teaching and learning of dance. Sending signals through the body is a skill that begins on the first day of dance training. Each dancer develops their own composite of signals and imagery that applies to their body, their perception, and temperament.
The criteria for signals is also well know. The dancer studies the experience of movement and notices the interconnections. The dancer notices how their experience changes with variations of connected movements, emotions, sensations, and perspective. The dancer tests the repetition of connected signals to form a dance as their own unique hypothesis, as their own concise updates of their personal and group awareness.
Tim Hurst 02.06.2017