(Un)Balance_ Context 1 _ Movement and Emotion
I am currently exploring a series of virtual and/or physical experiences aiming at altering the balanceÂ of the body. I see these as choreographic tools, pushing the participants to explore new movements and emotions. I started those investigations together with Amanda Simo, and am currently developing them further on my own.
These are well recognised and investigated in the world of dance and performance. Â Rudolf Laban talks about the ‘bi-directional relationship between external movement and inner feelings’. While in her book ‘The primacy of movement’ Maxine Sheets Johnstone says ‘What is kinetic is affective, or potentially affective; by the same qualitativeÂ measure, what is affective is kinetic, or potentially kinetic.’
In a nutshell dynamics between movement and emotions can be described as follows:
– A movement can enact an emotion as means of expression.
– An emotion can trigger a movement or a certain quality of movement. (Emotions move us)
– A movement and/or quality of movement can stimulate a specific emotion.Â
In those dynamics, postural control (the action of keeping one’s body in balance) plays an essential role. As Edmund Jacobson’s ‘auto-sensory observation practice’ revealed,Â preparatory postural attitude of one’s body (balance, level of muscle tensions, felt weight of the body) is essential to the feeling of emotion.