Organised by Antonio de la Fe, Open Lab facilitates exchange between dance and somatic practitioners.
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three people are doing
A: What are you doing?
B: I’m not doing anything, I’m just doing.
A: Oh. When did you start it?
B: I didn’t. I was always doing.
a short pause
B: The only change was that I brought my awareness to it and stopped my judgement of it. It’s also to do with how I am feeling. How I am feeling, myself, and how I am feeling the world, the outside me.
A: So we’re always doing, it’s just that sometimes we’re conscious of it and sometimes unconscious of it?
B: No. No… no. No, I don’t like that binary. For example, actions aren’t just either voluntary or involuntary. There’re things in between. Avoluntary is also a thing.
C: Like when you’re walking but there’s a pain in your foot, so you walk like this. And then that might ending up causing a pain in your hip, too.
A: So the movement is coming from the pain? Or the body is aware of the pain and moving in relation to it?
C: More like the second one. It’s not a conscious thing in your head, but the body is aware and works around it. I was once in a yoga class where the teacher encouraged me to do a position, and my body knew it was the wrong thing, but I did it anyway, and I ended up injuring myself.
A: Can you use avoluntary movement to find out about pains you didn’t know about before? Or other things that our bodies might be doing in relation to?
B: That probably wouldn’t work. It’s more like: you just have to let go and forget about using avoluntary movement. Then you are just doing without trying and you might become aware of the avoluntary later on.
C: How is your doing?
A: Very good, thank you.
B: I’m wondering what is awareness. Unconsicous awareness… maybe that’s a thing.
A: So we come together in rooms with flat floors in order to be doing.
B: I think a roof helps. My doing is better than if we were outdoors, on a hill, for example. But it’s not that this is blank. Pure white is impossible, even a white canvas has an off-colour
B starts to move stuff onto the floor
A: Would you like to swap our doing?
A: I’m not sure it’s working. I feel like I’m just repeating the form of your doing, which is not the same thing. Maybe to swap something you have to be able to own it first, but I don’t think you can own ‘doing.’
C: My doing has changed though. Some movements have slowed down or stopped, and let other movements begin. Has your doing changed?
A: In some ways, yes. It was mostly happening over there before, and now it’s over here. So that’s a spatial change.
B: In lots of dance classes, they tell you to stop thinking, to just do, to get out of your head. Maybe to find a kind of ecstasy. But now, I’m in my head, but it is also good. Both are good.
A: Sometimes, I think people say that being in your head is all the same – when travelling, at work, thinking about money. But there are very different kinds of being in your head.
B: I’m wondering about what it means to choreograph from people doing? Stillness is an action. What if their base, or their neutral, was doing?