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"Life makes shapes. Life is a natural, evolutionary process in which series of shapes are continually forming. These shapes are part of an organizing process that embodies emotions, thoughts, and experiences into structure. This structure, in turn, orders the events of existence. Each person?s shape is his embodiment in the world. We are the body we inherit, the one that lives us, and a personal body, the one we live and shape through voluntary effort. We are citizens of two worlds, rooted in the animate, immortal and timeless. Molecules and cells organize into clusters, which further organize as layers, tubes, tunnels and pouches. These give structure to liquid life and set the stage for embodied human consciousness. Through the act of living, a personal human shape grows, one that is changed by the challenges and stresses of life."

-- Stanley Keleman

Image by  Helen Frean  'a pack of blue dancers (an ode to Matisse No5)

Image by Helen Frean 'a pack of blue dancers (an ode to Matisse No5)

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The use of the hands is vital for the human being, for having flexibility, dexterity. In a way the entire human being is in the hands. Our destiny is in the hands.

I love the idea that through movement we come into direct contact with our most human values, with the essentials that must be felt to be known, to be remembered.  I've been thinking a lot recently about accessing memories through movement, and then about knowledge as memory, and so I'm seeing this video today through that lens.

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about reasons to be a mover by Steve Paxton.

"I think that one of the reasons I got involved in dance

is to finish my movement development.

Because I have a hunger to find,

and to finish,

and to explore,

to do essentially what babies do when they begin to move.

A hunger to find out more of what movement is or can be.

I think it provides a service to keep the search alive

in a culture,

which has engineered an environment which requires physical and sensorial suppression to exist in.

Most of the people who study dance aren’t ambitious to be dancers, in fact.

Or aren’t serious about that ambition.

I think they’re trying to complete physicality

that gets messed up by sitting for 12 years in school, or longer.

Essentially, urban civilization has cut off from movement and sensorial development which would occur in a natural environment.

I mean the sense of smell is leaving.

The sense of sight is rigidly controlled by readings,

by television,

by school,

by signage,

by words everywhere in the city.

In fact there are many kinds of of control or implicit visual message

about how to interact with the city.

Here there is more neon than nuance.

Food is advertised rather than hunted for.

Entertainment becomes divorced from ingenuity.

I’m not complaining because it is about 15,000 years too late to change direction.

I have found the cities very interesting places,

but when I return to the country I am struck by the difference in what is required by the senses.

It is appalling how we disuse the body.

Dance remind us about that.

Dance explores some of the physical possibilities.

Dance refocuses our focusing mind on very basic existence,

and time, space, gravity, open up to creativity.

This seems to me a reminder of nature, of our natures,

and as such it provides a service to us in our physical doldrums.

It is a wakeup call to deadened urbanites,

a stimulus, to work-habituated bodies,

a promise to developing children …

Even those country folk who cope with their natural environment

use their bodiies more and more often

fall into a routine and mold their bodies into tools

from which creativity has departed

dance will remind them of their feet, their spines, their reach

I think its good for us"

About reasons to be a mover. Steve Paxton. from Emilio Rosales

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This is the only film of the artist Josef Albers teaching in the classroom. Albers aimed to lead students to a more sophisticated use of their vision, believing that the fundamental building block of art education was to learn to see more acutely. I love the the invitation he gives to his students in this video to use their bodies in that seeing.

Josef Albers teaching at Yale by John Cohen, ca. 1955 from Josef and Anni Albers Foundation on Vimeo.

Copyright John Cohen / The Josef and Anni Albers Foundation, 2013

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"My mother loved walking barefoot in the snow. And also having snowball fights with me, or building igloos. She also liked climbing trees. And she was tremendously frightened during thunderstorms. She would hide in the wardrobe behind the coats."

-From a speech held by Pina Bausch on the occasion of the Kyoto Prize award ceremony in 2007.