December 18th 2016 in Teaching

Reflection on Workshop

Written by Alice Smith

Hannah Pickett Workshop

During the session Hannah worked with improvisation and scores, she opened the session by presenting her current working focus: Self, Environment and Others and described these as a consideration of how you feel, where you are and who you’re with whilst you’re moving. This proved to be a beautifully effective way to generate movement in a short space of time.

The warm up contained a huge emphasis on the environment, focusing on the architecture of the space to influence the improvised movement phrases. This introduction into the workshop allowed the participants to acknowledge the space and each other, Hannah immediately gave permission for the dancers to smile, and enjoy the space. From the warm up onwards there was a relaxed yet focused atmosphere, which affected the quality of the movement in a positive way.

The structured improvisation and set scores allowed the participants freedom to explore movement and the relationship between their movements in relation to each other. In many ways the scores set up a situation, which really dealt with space, movement, and the art of observation.

After each task, Hannah re-grouped the participants and opened up a conversation about the previously ‘tested’ task. This reflective time was really lovely and appeared useful to the dancers as the feedback shared within the group then informed the way they approached the next score.

Hannah was clear about her intention and took a directorial role throughout the workshop, suggesting to the group ways of thinking and reflecting upon what they were practically engaged in.

At the end of the workshop, the space was opened up and a final improvised score was offered to the group. It encompassed elements that had been explored earlier on in the session and to me, felt like a fitting conclusion. The dancers were fully engaged with each other, passing movement between each body and having a constant performance quality that resembled this ‘audience/observer’ role.

Participant’s feedback; Fun, free, raising questions about the relationship between performers and audience members, discussion about how can the performers shift between becoming an audience member and a performer within the same performance space.


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