From Pawlow to wow wow – Alice Godfroy

transforming sensations into emotions

I am interested in highlighting the emotional face of CI, which usually remains hidden beyond our attention for the physicality of our dance. Motion and Emotion are etymologically and intrinsically connected, and all kinds of dance – especially improvisation – rely more or less explicitly on emotional flow. Acknowledging this allows us to play with and open possible dialogs, between control and abandon of our emotional presence.

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Ok, but how do we play with this?

Together we will create an experimental laboratory organized in two parts– from sensations to emotions through play. Sensations: academic discourse on CI stresses our focus on sensorial-kinaesthetic awareness, which while relevant is insufficient to develop a dance. We will explore the risk of this ideology, where the body is thought of as Pavlov’s dog. Emotions: now, our animal has to wake up and bark. Contrary to a sensation as a partial physical reaction, an emotion is a global transformation of our way of being where we as participants are at the same time active and passive; it involves our psyche as well as our physique and happens along this border. Our emotional presence is independent of our will – gladly so! – and relies on the way we relate to the present. We will play with different situations based on several children’s games to allow us to transform the curiosity we enjoyed as a child into a more subtle and playful dance.

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