Welcoming Christian - part two

Here’s the second part and second day for Christian, spent with original Stopgap artist Dan Watson, exploring and getting to grips with ‘letting go’…

The second day with Dan also proved to provide much food for thought!

I really believe that just having a dance (or doodle in this case) is very much underrated! Just moving and enjoying a dance to warm up the body without pressure is, for me, one of the best parts of my day. It's the perfect preparation to get into a creative and responsive mood. I felt more than ready for the day ahead.

Becoming seaweed was a very interesting task for me but also a bug bear of mine. Being true to the impetus from my partner proved difficult. Gauging how far the movement goes before the energy dissipates is always debatable but then thinking back to the day before, letting go of these inhibitors is the key to avoiding overthinking which I got the hang of...eventually. Ironically, as the task became more complex I actually found it easier to engage with it. Bringing theatricality or reaching a certain state into the task allowed me to respond in such a way that I could invest in the  moment between each impulse. Though the speed of which each impulse came influenced the state I reached. I actually thought less than I thought I would in this task.

Sometimes, I feel that the broad task of make a duet using all we have explored over the past few days can be tricky. I never normally know where to start until I actually start moving with my partner. More evidence that just having a go can be the best way to make a start!

After making the material, bringing disruptions into the phrase proved a challenging yet fulfilling experience. Through our partners saying 'No, you should do this then turn 3 times and put your foot behind your head', it makes you think fast and go with it rather than giving an excessive time to think. Following this, continuing the phrase as it should be from the new diversion caused a few head scratches but again, 'just doing' proved useful! What became very relevant from this task was the fact that it isn't necessary to become so precious about the material you create. When it is made, it becomes the phrase that can be mounded rather than 'this is what it is and it should never change'. It prompts such an in depth exploration to not draw a line under material just as it is made but to actually take it the furthest you can.

Overall, I've had a brilliant, eye opening and brain boggling first week with Stopgap, one of many, many more, I am sure!

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