GUEST BLOG: Lou Coleman
Lou Coleman writes about her day spent with the Stopgap team exploring improvisation with objects such as leg splints and ankle supports…
Dancing Splints with Stopgap
With a suitcase bulging with leg and arm splints, an array of shoe insoles, ankle supports and some rejected splints from my physio department, I arrived in Woking for a day of dancing splint explorations and some tasks to discover Elvis Presley’s movements!
Stopgap Dance had invited me to work with them after seeing my presentation of Unstrapped, my Unlimited R&D commission at the Southbank Centre back in September. My intention for the day was to satisfy my curiosity, to push the boundaries of my thinking around creating work with dancers and medical equipment, and to challenge some of my process that had develop from my R&D in the summer.
The day started with a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement class. As a Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement teacher, I’m completely interested and passionate about developing my Feldenkrais practice in the same way as my artistic practice; that is to be inclusive and accessible. I taught a lifting the head class in lying. The focus of the class was inviting the spine and ribs, along with the breath to become more involved in lifting the head, with the intention to look past the torso. Bringing awareness to how people lift their head using more of their skeleton can enable the neck muscles to do less, to relax and not work so hard.
To read more and learn what and how the dancers from Stopgap improvised with numerous props such as leg splints and ankle supports, click here…