The second day Danielle started us of with a dance session consisting of five short exercises that where dealing with ‘cues’, one of the themes during the research. In the exercises the cues we introduced but not given by Danielle, everyone could internally cue themselves.
During our warming up we got instructions to focus on tension within our body, exaggerate that tension and then release. These would also be our cues during the dancing that followed. Added was also the cue ‘spiraling’. At the end of the exercise everyone was crisscrossing through the room and moving wildly.
After that we were put in groups of three of four. In this exercise we could only move in relation to the others in our group. We got to take turns (in a set order) in moving ‘beneath’, ‘besides’ or ‘between’ each other, creating a pleasant mess of tangles arms, legs and bodies. Later on we could also go ‘beyond’, which was to move away from the tangled mess and others could follow if they liked. Also we no longer had to take turns. That made it a lot more fun in my opinion and took away a lot of the thinking. Some groups decided not to follow the given instructions but it seemed they were having fun either way.
In the next exercise we all had to cross the room while ‘painting’ on the floor with our body. We repeated the same thing in pairs, trying to make a ‘painting’ together.
This was followed by two more short exercises. In one we would all stand in a circle and pass on a movement that had something to do with the word ‘gathering’. In the other we would all stand in a line facing the same way. The person in front would move and all the people behind him or her would copy the movements. Being in such a big group it took a while for a movement to reach the back. And off course the movements were very different there then at the front.
Afterwards we discussed our thoughts and experiences. Some felt that the ‘besides, between, beneath’ exercise was satisfying, but only after we were allowed to let go of the order in which we took turns in moving. Danielle called it ‘freedom within boundaries’. One of the observations was that people were adjusting to the collective need of the group to move within the rules, to stick to the instructions. They were thinking about how their movements related to group rather then how they were moving themselves. Which says something about ownership of movement.
Also Esther, who was still tired and struggling, brought in that what she liked about this day, was that the dance session was cut up in smaller exercises. This made it easier for her to choose when she would join and when she would rest. Later on she went home because it was too straining for her.
Later that day there was another dance session let by Monica. She first had everyone do some ‘homework’ and asked us to write down 3 to 5 cues. This resulted in a wide variety of cues, some open for interpretation like “cry with your body” and “balloon’, some very concrete like “spread your arms and leap like a frog”. After forming groups of about 5 or 6 people, the cues were put together into scores. Monica would read the scores out for one of the groups to put to movement.
In the discussion afterwards everyone seemed very enthusiastic and happy. People were especially happy with the structure that felt very free and the diversity of responses made it exciting. Sharing imagination and making choices to either follow or oppose. Also it was very inclusive because nothing was left out.
Marc Vlemmix – DFH, dancer, parkinson’s
Rosan Chinnoe– DFH, (not usually but today:) dancer
Fenna Schaap– DFH, (not usually but today:) dancer
Nynke Vermaat– (not usually but today:) dancer
Sacha Schemkes- DFH, (not usually but today:) dancer
Yolande Andeweg– dancer, parkinson’s
Esther de Vos – dancer, ms
Céline Treurniet – dancer, rheuma
Monique Benthin – dance teacher
Wilma Vreeling – dance teacher
Danielle Taele – dance teacher
Sara Houston – dance and parkinson’s researcher, educated dancer
Monica Gilette – dance teacher
Itamar Serussi – choreographer
Sophia Banis– dancer, other physical condition
Kristen Hollinsworth – professional dancer
Kiki Gale- Director Dance for Parkinson’s Partnership UK