As part of Next Choreography programme we've worked on scores of instructions in order to see the outcomes through our bodies in space. These instructions could be anything, for instance, a piece of text, an image, a sound, etc. I decided to write a few sentences.
I wanted the participants to feel free, to allow themselves to feel the space and time, and also encourage them to increase their body awareness. I divided the score in 2 sections: the first part was more focused on each individual while the second was centred on the group.
In my perspective I felt the dancers translated quite literally the instructions into movement and it made me think that more than interpreting the instructions, they reacted to them – which I also found really curious and interesting.
I found some of their choices really compelling about the setting: the use of the benches in different positions and the spoken words.
After observing their response a number of times I realised that the sense of group and belonging needed to be emphasised so I decided to adapt a few things: changing some of the dancers’ positions in space so they could finish together as a whole instead of separated in the room by the end of the piece.
I feel really grateful for having had the opportunity to work on my set of instructions. It helped me considerably to develop my choreographic understanding and it made me more conscious about editing processes.
You can find the videos here:
Clip 1 – first version from the dancers
Clip 2 - second version after editing
Please find below the pictures of the original score of instructions: