Hannah's Reflections || Shared Home Practice

Hannah shares some insights from the shared Home Practice sessions we take together as a company...


Shared Home Practice is one of our new ways to stay connected as a company and a place where we can practice together as a group; this involves dancers from Sg2, alongside Christian, Nadenh, Lauren and me.

This session is led by Christian, where he asks us some questions in order to go deeper into the Home Practice videos and practice individually and as a group. This includes a Home Practice video; we do the class and finish off with a Q&A. After our break, we return back to the group and answer 3-4 open questions based on that specific class. As a group, we discuss what works for you based on your dance practice. So, this blog shows my insights and thoughts around the classes we've done together so far...

Together we've looked at these Home Practice Videos:

  1. Learning Material and Mapping Movement with Amy Butler
  2. Breaking the Mould with Christian Brinklow
  3. Shift with Lucy Bennett

Learning Material and Mapping Movement

When I first did this video, I already knew what Amy had planned to do for this class as we previously worked together in developing this practice. In this video, she taught us a spine awakening exercise, a short sequence based on faraway engines and different facings, a game where you would repeat a move as many times as you can and an audio phrase to finish.

The first time I did this class, I was able to do most of the exercises except from the game and the audio phrase which I found difficult. This time round, I’ve managed to do the whole class again but I still found it difficult with the game and audio. I think it’s because we’re all very different people who have different dance styles and flows.

This is what we mainly focussed on throughout our Q&A. In our Q&A time, Christian took inspiration from Amy when she talked about the origin, texture, description and name of the movement. With this, as a group we individually came up with a movement; after this we thought about where it came from (origin), what kind of texture it is and what kind of description you would use to explain when you teach and finally a name to call your move. Once we finished with this, we taught our own moves to the rest of the group. I’ve really enjoyed this session and I’m pleased I’ve done this class again so I could practice more.

Breaking the Mould

In this ‘Breaking the Mould’ video, Christian led a class based on the ideas of spiralling and spine movement. In this class, he split it into two parts where we would improvise on ‘circles and spirals’ and how we can make them clear and tight. With these improvisations, he asked us 5 different questions how we can discover more about our own movement choices on our spirals and circles.

These questions were:

  1. What did you not do?
  2. What was the size of your movement like?
  3. Did you follow a specific speed?
  4. What was the range of your dynamics like?
  5. Did your movements engage in particular rhythms?

With these questions in mind, I noticed how my circles and spirals wanted to continue moving when I change my speed and size. After improvising, we moved onto our phrase. The phrase was built on circles and spirals in our long limbs and body. After learning the phrase, Christian gave us some tasks where we would do the phrase again but adding in different levels, textures etc. Once we had finished talking through our textures, we would do the phrase again but this time we have to move in a different way such as ‘walking in a cave’, ‘moving with tension’ or ‘moving like liquid’ as a way to play with different textures. Also, I really enjoyed the flow of this session and that I’ve learnt something new about ‘breaking the mould’.

Shift

This week’s class was on Lucy’s ‘Shift’ video, this video involves three different types of touch which were a light touch, soft grip and a firm grip. The difference between these touches is the type of texture it brings when you explore that specific touch e.g. a light touch is soft.

In this class, Lucy guided us into three improvisations based on these three touches. After this, she led an articulation exercise where we would repeat the same movement like a movement train (Lucy’s dance tool); we do this specific move a few times before we move onto the next. Once we finish repeating these moves, we would move onto the actual exercise. This movement train Lucy introduced in her video helped me remember what the movements were and the repetition helped with it becoming clearer.

The next thing we focused on was a movement score which is like a quick-fire of different words based on textures (this can be used to articulate our feet and hands).

After class, we worked together on a creative task where we would list 5 different textures and create a short movement score. With this, we created a short sequence to match up these words into our body. This task was based on Lucy’s thought shower of textures; Christian came up with a list of textures which were in three parts. In each group of these 5 textures, Christian would then shout them out and you had to find a move that resembles that same texture for example ‘Flick, Shove, Knock and Jab’  (you show me these textures in your body).

As Lucy mentioned, she referenced Tom Goodwin’s ‘Touch’ video as part of her inspiration to create this class (I also referenced Tom’s video in my own Arm Candy 2 Home Practice video which will be released later in the year).

Thank you for reading and watch out for my Home Practice session coming soon

- Hannah


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