Image to Body
This exercise is a way to transport a two dimensional image into a collective moving piece, using the body.
Through this exercise, a concept is squeezed out of an image and turned into a choreography, using our bodies to fill the space with intertwining concepts. It is a way to make a collective work by reacting quickly to others and complementing them.
This exercise has been developed for a performance workshop for young art students and it can also be made with teenagers or adults. This session ideally is made in half a day, taking breaks.
For a group of 8 to 12 participants:
- Bring an image to show to the group (of own art work or any image you like). No words, show the image for 1 minute.
- Choose the image that someone else has shown and write about it for 5 minutes, without thinking and without lifting the pencil from the paper. We can call this “automatic writing”.
- Exchange papers with someone else.
- Read the text you get and summarize it quickly in one word that comes to mind.
- Remember your word.
- Now let´s stand around the room and stretch, move our limbs around, make noises for 5 minutes. The noises are random and to make people loosen up.
- Think about the word and turn it into a simple movement with your body. Practice this movement by yourself until you feel comfortable.
- Everybody stand in a big circle, stretch out your arms to the sides.
- Cover your eyes with a piece of cloth and be conscious of the other bodies around you.
- Make your body movement in place.
- Slowly start walking around the space while you move. Let´s do this for a long time, trying to consider the other bodies in movement, without looking.
- After a break, let´s talk about how it feels to move.
- Now we stand in a big circle and one by one we enter the space in the middle, spontaneously complementing the bodies that are moving in the space.
- Let´s do this for as long as we want, using repetition, responding to other bodies with out movement.
This Exercise was Contributed by Claudia Del Fierro.