the skipping limbo experiment

The past few sessions were about experimentation. Our ideas came from the prop we were using, a giant red piece of lycra. I like to use texture and colours in a lot of my dance work to enhance the movements we do. This time the texture and colour directly influenced what we did and it…

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  • shadow play
  • shadow play
  • shadow play
  • shadow play
  • shadow play
  • shadow play
  • shadow play
  • shadow play

shadow play

I was keen to introduce something completely new to Edna, playing with shadows. I do this a lot elsewhere, with groups of people or tiny pieces of acrylic and sometimes I get to combine the both. The results are dependant on the group, it really is playing and exploring your imagination, and yes it was…

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spin, spin, spin me around

spin, spin, spin me around

What do you use your salad spinner for? Washing lettuce? Cleaning potatoes? Have you ever thought to use it for spinning paint? Today Edna experimented with consistences, colours and varying the speed, it also had the added benefit of warming the arms and shoulders. Over spinning can cause your salad spinner to take off! Beware.

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pass the face

pass the face

Medway and Gravesham participants thoroughly enjoyed themselves this week. Not only did they move with their 1 metre length pencils, vigorously spun their own paintings and giggling over their creative paper ripping to produce horses, boats, ballerina’s, trees, vases and flowers. They passed their faces which were bright, colourful and original. They expressed at the…

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what is your balance like?

what is your balance like?

Sidney De Haan Research Centre for Arts and Health and Trinity Laban Dance Science Department carried out pre-tests to measure quality of life, balance, postural assessment and shoulder motion.  We are all hoping that when they return in 12 weeks to carry out the post tests, there will be some significant findings to show there have…

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back to back, mirrors and cake

back to back, mirrors and cake

Feels like this week really is the beginning, with Rebecca and I taking the lead and touting a large, green, squidgy ball, more on this later! We repeated the ‘back to back’ drawing and also mirrored each other, first in silence then to music. At times using pens and paper, others simply facing each other….

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measuring up

measuring up

This week we met Stephanie De’Ath, a Graduate Intern in Dance Science, from the Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance. Stephanie measured and recorded the movement, flexibility and posture of everyone taking part in edna. Every time the word ‘posture’ was mentioned we all sat bolt upright, especially me. We’ll met Stephanie again in…

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with our hands

with our hands

Today we cast our fingers using alginate, a gelatinous gooey substance made of seaweed. It got me thinking about textures and how our own hands move and sit in shapes differently to others. We played name and shape and focused on our hands, thinking about what makes our hands ours. This led to some memories of…

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  • fingers please
  • fingers please
  • fingers please

fingers please

Finger casting, a taste of things to come? Not literally, the alginate smells fantastic, like mint aero but the taste? No! This really is putting your trust in me, I said you’d get your fingers back but as the alginate sets around your fingers there can sometimes be a little doubt. All’s well and the…

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