Free to Move began long before Covid when we simply needed space to move. Now, more than ever we are claiming outdoor space due to Covid. If you would like to join our WhatsApp group Openly Spaced Out please send an email with your phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org
About: Free to Move
Free to Move invites by passers and friends to move together with us to enjoy co-composing London’s cityscape and park spaces so as to physically understand that space can be used democratically and freely and creatively as long as we mind one another’s space. Free to Move is an intervention that emerged from the real need for space to move. It was brought to live before Covid kicked in but Covid made it all the clearer. Spatial confinement is tightly knitted with money and status and belongs to those with lesser means unless of course we strip the one confinement which is that of norm. With a little wit and attitude a physical range can be expanded easily. With Free to Move we claim that space belongs to everyone regardless of race, education or background. And we claim it for moving and breathing freely is the basis for well being. Free to Move derived from a training format that was developed for the studio called Shared Training. For the dancer maker it proposes, besides the challenge of social normative behaviour the sharing of space to develop inquiries in dance, its content and abstracts of time and space… especially space. You are invited to come along and move with us or to simply watch and see how it resonates with you.
This format is open ended and non-hierarchical. Anything can surface. You can redefine values, you can undo patterns and create new ones, you can fail or succeed based on your own parameters. Free to Move takes the Shared Training to public spaces and invites people to join those processes through watching or doing.
Being free to move in any way means one has to explore what it means to move like you want to. How would you move if there were no social etiquette, if any movement was acceptable? How would you use space? How do you relate to environment and people and your own body? How does movement nurture and entertain?
Working side by side we watch and pick up. The care we put towards dance engages us to listen to one another closely through movement. Therefore we exchange and articulate freely and we find ourselves supported through negotiations not judgment. The Shared Training and Free to Move are social body spaces where we physically understand that every move affects another.