When thinking about progression of movement, one of the things I keep going back to is that I have to accumulate energy before I can spend it.
Accumulation is a dance by Trisha Brown based on mathematical systems of accumulation. It was rudimentary investigation of the body’s joints using extend, rotate, and lift to create invented movements. The dance was built on repetitions and addition to a sequence.
I recently tried to create a sequences of gestures using this technique and found it extremely difficult to remember where or how many repetitions I had done. Once Brown had mastery over the form, she added talking to the sequence, even slicing two stories together without preparation, which I couldn’t imagine being able to accomplish. It’s interesting to me how she took basic blocks of movement to challenge perceptions of virtuosity, which so much of the post-modern dance movement was about. I find her process-based approach similar to my own, leading to an everyday dress aesthetic that mirrors the content of the work.
Water Motor is the antithesis of Accumulation with liquid movements based on memory of a childhood event. What I’m most interested in his Brown’s ability to work in two distinctly different styles. I could probably talk forever about this because I’ve been reading Rosenberg’s Trisha Brown: Choreography as Visual Art, which provides a comprehensive account of Brown’s influence in post-modern dance and her ties to the conceptual art world of the 60s.