Georgia Bettens

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

During a conversation in yesterday’s preview, a visitor asked me how have I grown from this process...

My brain is full of thoughts, and fragments of thoughts. It is full of ideas, images, concepts, and above all, questions. My brain is feeling a bit like a slow cooker, full of ideas that are very much in the process of being formed, that seem to constantly be simmering away in the back of my mind. More time is needed until they are ready to be ingested.

I wanted to attempt to write down some of my thoughts, a little in response to what I was asked today, and a little in an effort to identify what stew is cooking... Or maybe just what the ingredients are. I would normally do this in my notebook (which is absolutely overflowing after the last few weeks) but I thought I would do this as a blog submission because Emma has encouraged us to contribute to the conversation here. I am going to try to avoid using the delete button in an attempt to avoid editing my thoughts, because that is what I do when writing in my notebook. I suspect this will result in a beneficial albeit longwinded and self-indulgent activity for me and a confusing and potentially not all that interesting or cohesive piece of reading for you.. but this is my blog entry so I’m going to give it a go…

I have found it quite liberating to think of the rules in this work as more of a framework. As a tool. It does not create something interesting if the rules are either followed to a T, or ignored completely. There is something in our freedom to constantly be questioning the rules, and using them to create new problems or challenges for ourselves. It was quite a pivotal moment for me during this piece when I realised that in these problems or tasks that we are given, it is not the solution or endpoint that is interesting, (as Xavier said, if we want to move in synchronisation we can put it to counts or to music etc) but it is in the process of solving these problems that creates something not quite tangible and undoubtedly more intriguing. Some of the problems we are given are in fact impossible to achieve, but it is the attempt to achieve them that produces something incredible.

The problems and frictions that arise as a result of the specific restriction placed on the exploration allow a deviation from habitual, comfortable movements and familiar territory. These restrictions allow something new to be discovered- new movement patterns/qualtites emerge, new ideas, new new new. These restrictions or problems do not necessarily have to be possible or solvable, but it is the process of solving the problem that produces something interesting and unknown in the body.

Efficiency vs. non-efficiency.

Does a movement always need to be efficient?

A sense of human consciousness is needed.

If we don’t have the attention, we will reproduce our favourite ‘role’.

An invitation to think about questioning yourself.

What becomes interesting, is the transition between doing and arriving.

Transformation transformation transformation. This word can’t escape my brain.

A landscape that is ever-changing. Constantly evolving at such a slow rate that by the time you realise something is changing, it is almost too late. Are you as the viewer as part of the landscape? As a performer, you do not want the audience be drawn to you, there is a sense of equality between performers. We are all part of or contribute to something larger.

The conversation as a landscape?

The conversation acts as an interruption to the landscape. It not only interrupts you, but also interrupts the rest of the group, and the visitor.

Conversation. How do you not perform this conversation? There is something to be said for really listening. And waiting. And allowing a natural ebb and flow. It is important to do the thinking together. I can only talk from my perspective. I am not a representative of the arts, nor do I have to speak on behalf of the choreographers. I can only speak from my experiences and of my opinions. My experience of the process and my opinion can never be wrong.

Linking ‘modes’
- time - immediacy
- different ways of using the imagination

- different ways/methods of connecting to the rest of the group

I find it harder to feel connected to the rest of the group in the plant section as opposed to the lion and machine sections. I think this is because unlike the lion and machine sections where it is visually clear if you are ‘together’ with the group, the plant section relies on tuning into a much subtler feeling within the group.

What a barrage of information

There is a small excerpt of my brain.

Ps. In case you were wondering, I wasn’t as successful as I would have liked in avoiding the delete button but the idea was there.

- Georgia Bettens, performer