First of all, I just want to say that it has been really cool getting positive responses on Facebook to the first post from this blog. It's already been helpful in surprising ways; for instance, Jeff Friedman from the USA suggested his chapter in 'Bodies of Evidence: Queer Oral History' on "how non-gravitational based movement creates a certain movement signature that has ramifications for cognition.." Sounds fascinating and relevant and probably not something I could find myself. I look forward to checking out his work! And I hope it’s also interesting for you, reading this, to check him out.
The topic I wanted to write about in this post is connected to the role of imagination. I have been thinking of the presence of imagination, both in the Moon Spot experiment but also in general in aerial dance practice. It is very hard to dance on a wall if you don't to some level convince yourself (imagine?) that the wall is a floor and that the rules of up and down have shifted by a 90 degrees flip. Once you do that, the body aligns, it gets organized by this new understanding and then dancing and playing can begin to happen. Meaning, from my personal experience, the technique of dancing on the wall and the ability to be imaginative are intertwined and co-dependent. I recognized a similar use of imagination in Moon Spot, where the imagination of 'being' on the moon, informed the bodies on how to behave. The anticipated moonlike gravity encouraged the participants to explore and play in a certain way that was seamless and technically quite advanced. So the imagination contributed to a speeding up of technical understanding and capability.
I’d like to follow up on imagination and technique as two corresponding elements in a practice that involves alternate gravity, how would it be to investigate a bit further this connection?
As I'm only days away from my due date, I can't go to the floor anytime soon. But imagination and embodiment can exist on other planes of consciousness such as in daydreams and also in dreams. A while back I wanted to explore people’s different techniques of flying as they show up in their dreams. This seems like a perfect time to follow up on that lead and dive a little deeper into the experience of alternate gravity in our imagination in another conscious state... and see what comes up.
So if you ever experienced a flying dream whether in the past or in the present (or daydream about flying) and you feel like sharing your technique and experience with me, I would be very happy to hear from you, and make a little interview! so please let me know, I'll be here:-)