Erin Fulton attending Gaga Workshop with Omri Drumlevich, Austin, Tx, 040817, Presented by AMARTS.
To me, the most sophisticated dancers are those who move organically, as if the instinct isn’t necessarily to dance, but to move. The dancer has a studied connection with underlying and often forgotten instincts – gravity, shift, source, centrality, cause and effect. And what’s so challenging for me is this high peak of experience: to let go and not be so cerebral.
Gaga class with Omri, one of Batsheva’s artists, was a reminder of this continuous and ongoing challenge. My personality wants to calculate and measure, but as soon as I do, my body loses its natural sophistications and movement instincts. So there I am, trying to pull bones through skin, but also trying not to think about it, and then I’m just thinking about not thinking about it. Which sounds frustrating, but I actually enjoy being made aware, again and again, of this continual need to find what’s simple and primal in dance.
I watched Omri throughout class, and even in moments of effort, there’s an ease and groundedness in his movement. He knows fluidity, but also dynamic and portrayal of ideas. He was compelling, because it was evident how well he knew his body, without having to orchestrate, and without the added burden of arranging thoughts upon thoughts.
I’m reminded that dance follows the pattern of people in general: the weightiest people are those who just ARE, without trying to be. They ARE patient, without having to muster up patience. They are wise without wracking their brains for proverbs. They are full of life without having to artificially generate energy and light. The weightiest people are those who are in touch with a source – so also the weightiest dancers are those who are in touch with the utter naturalness of their body.
I’m inspired to keep exploring on my own, and to also to be generous and share my growth and progress – by presenting my body without shame in classes that are a stretch for me.
Erin Fulton. 04/15/17