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Moving on and Hanging Out

Sunday 20.09.2020 in Hilly Fields, Our first event that marked the beginnings of Moving On … had emerged from a local meet up we created during Covid lockdown called Openly Spaced Out. It allowed people to call out when they would go to the park to practice movement and dance so that others could join. This group had grown so much over time that we decided to create a larger meet up. The invitation was to join an afternoon of dance and talks about how to move on in times of Covid – what can we do, how do we maintain a practice, what is dance now? The core group of Openly Spaced Out consisted of local dance artists and Exit Map proposed to collectively facilitate a workshop where our various interests and influences would enrich and shape the afternoon. We experimented with different ways such as co-teaching, echoing our voices, chinese whispers and audio files to make sure people could hear us while simultaneously attending to the necessary precautions to space out and bubble up. All the while the intension was to bring people together and to move together. 

The particular focus of the day was to examine contact improvisation under the current climate of social distancing. We asked what do you need in terms of contact and what can we provide? How can we extend the idea of physical contact to still nurture being together? It was a collage of formats including an adaptation of the Round Robin to weave dancing with witnessing, experiencing with composing and to zoom from small working groups into a brief and empowering moment of everyone dancing together outside, taking space with great liberty and setting a new tone for the park and its visitors. What the day showed more than anything was that meeting up and moving together was proving to be a major influence on people’s well being. It has never been clearer that dancing together is what makes dance happen; dance is a social interactive practice. Even in decentralised bubbles people enjoyed each others presence so much that despite an uneven ground, despite the fact that people stood and watched and marvelled, it was a heart warming and spirit soaring event. And by the end of the day we knew it was another beginning.

facilitators on the day

Laura Doehler

dance artists, performance maker, teacher in the realm of improvisation, CI and contemporary dance

  • facilitation of the audio score and CI score with Monika Giacomin

Lewis Wilkins

dance artist and teacher of improvisation and CI, performer of contemporary dance and improvisation

  • co-facilitator

Mariana Camiloti

dance artist and teacher of improvisation and CI, performer of contemporary dance and improvisation

  • co-facilitator

Laura Lorenzi

dance artist and teacher of improvisation and CI, performer of contemporary dance and improvisation

  • facilitation of solo improvisation

Michael Doolan

dance artists, practitioner and approaching facilitator of CI

  • co-facilitator

Monika Giacomin

practitioner and facilitator of CI and outdoor movement explorations Thai massage therapist

  • CI score with Laura Doehler