My quest is to experience how the dancer is able to do so many complicated actions at once.
Identifying and isolating the slightest adjustments of the pelvic floor are a specific focus on sensations and awareness. I try to catch a glimpse of this focus as the daily attention of the dancer.
An alternating focus is the use of signals and imagery to create communication networks throughout the entire body.
Below I outline an experiment to interconnect signals from the pelvic floor through the legs and feet. The image of a signal contracting the outside of the hips travels instantly through the legs and feet. The experiment becomes varying the pathways, speed, and quality of the movements affected by the signal.
I also experiment with the beginnings of a network connecting the pelvic floor to the muscles of the lower back, the erectors and the large muscles above the pelvis called the quadratus lumborum. These are the lower back muscles that store lots of tension and require detailed stretching and strengthening.
I vary the pathway of signals coming from the undulations of the pelvic floor, side to side as well as lifting and loosening. The pathways can be lines or curved signals.
Ballet dancers use signals that cross the body in the shape of an “X.” These signals connect left and right side and simplify networks. I experiment with this image by initiating signals from the pelvic floor connecting simple lines to the lower back. The pathway of the signals can be directly up the sides of the spine or crossing the body as in an “X,” or counter rotation as in facing the pelvis and body in different directions.
Rather than becoming more complex, creating an image instantly sends signals throughout my body via interconnecting networks. My search is to build these networks and to vary the types and qualities of signals that move through me.
Searching for how dancers master the subtleties of the pelvic floor.
Continual balancing motion
Lifting and lowering of pelvic floor
Sensation is lifting and loosening pelvic floor almost as an inhale and exhale of the muscle
Rise and lowering in walk, in plié and releve, in spin and turn
Undulations of the lower spine
Continual undulation motion of both sides of the pelvic floor.
Isolation of left and right sides of the pelvic floor.
Connection to muscles attaching at the spine
Sensation is lifting and loosening of each side of the pelvic floor.
Continual Lateral contraction and loosening of the entire surface of the pelvic floor.
Begin contraction at sides of hip just below the protruding hip bones on each side.
Loosen and broaden the entire surface.
Connect at the spine as central point of the pelvic floor.
Extension and stretching of the legs and feet
Articulation of hips, knees, and feet in varied placement and roll through as in Ballet and Latin Ballroom and Social Dancing
All that a dancer does sounds complicated as I describe the detail I have to go through to understand their process. This complexity disappears on the first day of dance class as a dance teacher breaks down the kinesiology, mathematics, geometry, physics, psychology, and spirituality of dancing. Dancers are the masters of simplicity because they build networks of imagery and commands that interrelate the entire body. Dance classes are the capsules we have to learn their process of beginning with the simplest movement and developing a complexity that require volumes of words to describe.
Tim Hurst 05/04/17