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Dance Signals Soft

How can my experience of the movement change when I choose a soft or subtle quality for the signal? I want to try varying signal qualities such as intensity, emphasis, and amount of force.

I find myself directing and wanting to force all my movements. Then I move into a different world all together. Soft, gentle, or subtle are a challenge. There are as many different approaches as there are dancers. What is it for me?

My first attempts are to move slower but a fast movement can also be soft. I remember to bring the qualities of curiosity, anticipation, and receiving the signal of softness as well as sending. Playing with weight I can vary the quality of softness from heavy yet buoyant like a buoy and floating like a balloon.

I want to try a new image. What if my signals were not direct but were a bursting array of signals? The only image that comes is a waterfall with trillions of different size drops, mist, and lots of sound.

Sending signals from the spine is clear yet I remember Deborah Hay describing sending energy through the Solar Plexis. This image gave me a completely different experience and I can vary the amount of power I use from subtle to bold.

Nina Martin describes sending multiple signals in her study of Rewiring the body. The process is to send many random signals from the spine to all areas of the body. My movement becomes responsive, loose, and unplanned.

Applying this process to soft movement is to send many signals covering a wide area of the body. I can not “think” that many signals and my body gives in to a quality of softness.

For another experiment, I send many signals on pathways with loops and spirals, allowing them to go where they will. My movement is my central focus with the awareness that all the complexity of emotion and sensation can be carried in so much variety.

The way Deborah Hay describes this process is paying attention to trillions of cells at once, each with their own intelligence, perception, and pathways.

Once I have explored all these signals, moving with softness is different and may require only a memory of my self navigating moment by moment from decisive to reflection, from force to ease. Images can occur on their own or be brought up when needed.

Now it is time to receive all this in a Ballet reverence.
Tim Hurst. 04/07/17