Tina’s Exercise was to respond to other person.
- Two people stand facing each other.
- One person initiates the action. *The action should be simple but abstract.
- The other person takes in and responds to the action through improvising another simple action.
- The physical dialogue continues and develops as two people alternate actions.
I paired up with Dana and initiated the performance by raising my right arm.
Jenny ( hereafter ‘J’) : Raised a right arm, facing Dana
Dana ( hereafter ‘D’) : Sat behind Jenny, swinging her right arm horizontally
J : Sat in front of Dana, swinging her own right arm horizontally to hold Dana’s hand
D : Stood up, facing the audience
J : Cuddled Dana’s legs
D: Escaped from Jenny. Stood up and bent her right knee.
J: Stood up and bent her left knee
J: Leaned toward Dana who were crouched
D: Stood up , raising both arms
J: Laid down, stretching both arms in the opposite direction to legs
D: Raised Jenny up
The exercise aided me in:
- Coming out of an impulse in relation to the other person (Kinesthetic Response)
- Remembering the actions and sequence (Developing kinesthesia)
- Showing a wide range of emotions while speeding up the actions
Today’s exercise reminded me of ‘Cafe Muller‘ by Pina Bausch. The woman with a white dress shows her obsession with the man with a blue shirt by having a physical contact with him. Her obsession is amplified as the other man with a black attire manipulates her. When I was performing with Dana, I tried to incorporate the concept of this performance into ours. The quality of the performance increased as we began to repeat the phrase and speed up the movements.