Performance-Research

“Expression Corporelle” – genevieve leloup
“a science experiment embodiment dance; a questioning, or the advancement of hypotheses resting on data, empirical and embodied, further explored using the sensing intuitive responsive body.” – k la spruce

Participatory Performance-Research.
And Maybe in the End Our Intuition Does Not Even Belong to Us” – an exploration of the Enactive Approach through words and improvisatory dance.
Performance CLIP 1. CLIP 2. Trailer. Research Interview AUDIO 1.
Dissonant Flow” – this dance investigates the question “how is it when moments of confusion are considered as a type of flow?”
Performance CLIP 1. Research Interview AUDIO 1.
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Lately I’ve been performing and then interviewing audience about their felt sense of the experience, focusing on their sensations. For example, I do not ask them “did you like the show, or not…” Rather, I am asking them about what it feels like to experience each performance. This type of interview often opens a new perspective for the interviewee. That is, they learn more about themselves, their own way of being in the world.

The aim of this research is to investigate the implicit stirrings in people, to learn how these stirrings relate to the way we make sense (or not) of the world. Interestingly, in this case, how does one make sense of the abstract logic of art? I also investigate my own experience – comparing my vantage point of this shared time and space with theirs – but from the position of performing. This extends the question how does it feel to make sense? to ask how does it feel to make sense together, in this social situation?

What is it like to be moved, or feel bored or dis/connected? If we listen more closely, can we taste some differences in our thoughts, can we feel any of our cultural influences informing us – such as xenophobias, preferences to eat shrimp rather than grasshoppers, etc?

Socially, broadly, investigations into the felt experience may help us expand our capacity to relate to others with empathy and increase our own sense of agency. This performance-research is based in the Enactive Approach, informed by cognitive and neuro science, phenomenological philosophy, vipassana meditation, yoga, qi gong, broad somatic study and, especially, mindfully investigating movement.

 

More about my research methodology can be found here.

 

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