How much sleep would you generally say you need and do you get it? if not why?: 8-9 hours. Most of the time, if not, it is usually on the weekends when there can be late nights but I like to get up and not miss the morning.
Do you take naps? If yes whats an ideal nap length and place?: yes, 20min-1 hour. couch, tube, at the yoga studio, in a theater before the show, in the car, on the train...
part 4 - me and others
With whom do you talk to most about movement?: other dancers and yogi's
What is the most transformative conversation you have ever had with someone about movement? : The most interesting 'conversation' was in Korea, but it was not with words, it was in the studio I could not understand the language and I had to discover and cultivate an approach mentally to the environment around me, that physical conversation with others shifted a mental one I had with myself.
What is the most transformative conversation you have had with someone about your body?: Sometimes it is the one I have with myself to keep loving my own body. Also the functional knowledge I gain from osteopaths, acupuncture and massage therapists about what is happening posture wise as well as energy wise.
With whom do you move most?: London, my boyfriend, other dancers...
What are some of the things you admire about the way other people move?: space space space and information being used freely in the body
Does the way people move ever catch your eye when out in public spaces? Describe the last stranger to catch your eye and what you noticed.: Yes, all the time. I think yesterday there was a rather large woman at the Tate, completely unaware of her surroundings and was quite locked in her body, she was wondering around the space taking pictures of the artwork in the same space as a performer that everyone else was watching, when she discovered him she turned, snapped a quick photo on her phone of the dancer, looked around at all of us then shuffled off in to the space. I found it comical, but the way she related to the space was through her phone, not with any obvious physical or emotional awareness.
What do you consider really beautiful about your movement habits? And is there someone in your life you really admire for the beauty of their way of moving? Who and why?: I appreciate that my movements are always evolving and alive. I like watching anyone who moves with out a sense of them selves, usually untrained bodies at a rock concert, they give themselves over without any knowledge or awareness stopping them
What do you consider really unattractive about your movement habits? And is there someone in your life you share this way of moving with? Would you change it? : Where movement gets stuck in my spine, a lack of freedom and openness in some of my joints. No, it is my body, and it may create blocks but then movement, like water, always finds a way through and around creating a unique path
When you need to concentrate on something do you find yourself 'moving'? If yes why do you think that is?: No because I am focusing too much on just using my head but if I walk around or do routine movement this helps me free up thought, Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker talks about movement moving meaning, I like that.
If you have children do you think about how you are influencing the way they learn about movement?: no, more the way I will become aware of my own and what is natural and innate
Do you prefer to exercise in a group or alone? Please explain why.: both, the community of a dance company or class is a full and important experience for sharing but I appreciate the solitude in a pool to let my mind wander and or focus on the functional movement patterns
Would you say 'you know what you like' when it comes to exercise choices? Would you say you also 'know what you like' in other areas of your life?: More and more I know but as a dancer it is your job to stay open and available for all movement to happen, and yes, this is very much my approach to life
Have you ever taken part in a holiday, event or challenge that had some sort of movement as it's focus? If yes please describe your experience: Yes, a yoga retreat in Goa. It was wonderful to combine body work and relaxation and allow for the body to open further being out of the city and usual routine.
What are some movement principles or rules that you follow? Where did you get these from?: Don't do things that hurt your body, don't work for anyone who will ask you to hurt your body.
Is there an exercise trend you refuse to participate in? If so what and why?: running, it hurts and it seems to damage the body more than it helps it.
What is your favorite song or type of music to dance to?: anything that really reaches in and MAKES me shake my booty
part 5 - me and the world
Do you consider how your mechanical environment impacts your movement choices on a day-to-day basis? What would you most like to change about your mechanical environment?: yes, the sedentary nature and time spent sitting in a chair on the computer. no more chairs!
What do you sleep on and how many pillows (if any) do you like to have?: a bed, usually 1 to 2 pillows
How do you take the stairs? For example do you have a rhythm, is it always the same or do you do different things? Please explain.: two at a time. I like the big range of movement
What surface do you walk on most?: concrete
Describe the last horizon you saw.: In the fields on the way to Whitstable, it was in the evening by the bay as the sun was setting.
What material do you like most against your skin? Are there materials you won't wear?: satin or silk with warm knits. I won't wear thick polyester
Do you have a favorite pair of shoes? Please describe the shoes and why they are your favorite.: yes, my sneakers because it feels like I am walking on clouds
How much of your day do you spend barefoot and what was the last surface you felt with your bare feet?: a lot, most of it
Do you think men and women move differently? If yes, please describe what those differences are: yes, most of the time, different centers of gravity, varying differences of upper and lower body strength allow for different ranges of movement
Do you think men and women occupy space differently? If yes please give an example: yes but I think this can change with how they are treated and what is being encouraged in a conversation. If you ask a women about her hair but ask a man about the action scene he just shot in a movie, you can imagine the accompanying movements to explain these things are very different. Also the action of men being confident is encouraged but, although growing, not as much for women, which means women take up less space because, possible we feel we are owed less.
What sort of cultural expectations do you think influence the way women move? : way too many, to me smaller, yielding, to need saving, take up less space, delicate, light, fluid, gentle. Many of these can be shed in contemporary dance, the movement is often genderless...although they can come raging back depending on the choreographers eye and whether they let their own sexuality dictate the work.
What sort of cultural expectations do you think influence the way men move? : again too many, big, masculine, to be the carer, the prince in shining armor, the protector, strong, unyielding, arrogance and showmanship
What sort of 'daily rituals' do you preform?: brushing teeth, washing face, walking to the tube, eating breakfast, having coffee.
What are some of the things you feel you need to do each day to make you feel good about your body?: to move!
Do you see any connection between movement practices and religion? If so what and why?: yes, religion can limit peoples freedom to dance, especially women's. But it can also be the base of meditation for other religious practice as well as a way to punish oneself or martyr
Do you remember a time in your life when you moved differently to the way you move now?: Always, everyday is a new way of moving and offers new chances to shift the way the body moves and how we relate to ourselves
Do you feel more or less comfortable in your body as you age?: MORE!
Is there a moment in your life where something 'clicked' about the way to approach a movement skill in any given discipline? What was it? Why did it happen then do you think?: Yes, in South Korea. Ownership of the way I move and moving differently, moving beyond the shape and into the action. I think it happened because I was forced to face my differences and make a decision on whether I wanted to try and 'fit in'. More extreme circumstances as well as no use of language made the experience much more visual and emotional