Do the roll

Steve Paxton holds workshops based on his “Material for the Spine” in Brussels and Paris. Moving on from Contact Improvisation, he invites students to sense their spines in a large studio at the Centre national de la danse.

Steve, in “Material for the Spine,” what lies behind the word “material?” It’s movement material, to bring the spine to awareness. When I started this in 1986 it seemed to me that people could have perfectly useable and eloquent spines without ever having any sense of the spine itself which is not easily sensed. It does not provide a lot of sensations unless it is injured which is kind of a difficult way to learn about it. It has dulled sensations and you can operate around it.

This has been an interesting search because the spine is not isolated from the rest of the body, so you have to figure out these connections and the next parts. I consider the pelvis and the skull a part of the spine, even though they are slightly separate. So I started learning about the hip sockets and the arm twines. I’m studying them from the inside out instead of from the arm through the shoulder.

Practically everybody grows up with malformation of the spine as a consequence of inappropriate seats etc., mainly at school. That’s true. Humanity didn’t evolve upright in the beginning. It doesn’t make sense to me that our sinuses have to work against gravity. When you cough you have to cough upward and that ...

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Tanz April 2007
Rubrik: Awareness, Seite 76
von Thomas Hahn

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