a slightly psychedelic solo rave

me enjoying myself again 🙂 this is the third in a series of several silly relaxed solo rave improvisations. think this one confuses the senses somewhat… i’ve watched a few good youtube videos of kiddywinkles dancing lately (everyone loves it,…

a slightly psychedelic solo rave

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me enjoying myself again 🙂 this is the third in a series of several silly relaxed solo rave improvisations. think this one confuses the senses somewhat…

i’ve watched a few good youtube videos of kiddywinkles dancing lately (everyone loves it, better than kittens!!) and it’s got me thinking. it’s so natural to want to move your body and explore it’s possibilities, and yet that playful instinct is slowly socialized out of us. i am more interested in accessing this state of innocence and feeling, rather than showing off tricks (which is a good job, because i can’t do any tricks anyway!)

this little man in particular was inspiration. so much so that i did my own version – it’s the first thing that happens in the above video 🙂 check out the original funky maneuvers here… https://www.facebook.com/NadiaAli/videos/10152885754020659/?pnref=story .

so these relaxed solo raves are quite clearly about the relationship between music and movement. watching the band goat perform an amazing gig of experimental world fusion music, decked out in festival colours and an assortment of garms from around the globe, i wondered if contemporary dance could ever be that much fun?! isn’t it ace when watching dance makes you want to dive out of your seat and have a dance yourself?

music is usually the instigator. but at some point we become inhibited and lose the ability to spontaneously enter the flow of the dance state! i am wondering about these secret dances and social dances, from dad dances at weddings to more rave-like scenarios….

i want to channel some of those dances! so that even though i’m dancing on my there might be some sense of feel good sharing. i’m half acting the clown and being over dramatic in the way that six year olds dance at a party, or you might bust a few moves in your kitchen (if you had a really big kitchen) while cooking on a sunday after accidentally caning a bottle of wine meant for the stew and using the wooden spoon as a microphone. also massively inspired by the girl in little miss sunshine and her unselfconscious dance of joy at the beauty pageant.

solo improvisation as performance – can easily sound self-indulgent?! ‘just improvising’, blah blah blah, amongst other accusations. due in part, i think, to my background (working class northerner, and latecomer to contemporary dance), and due also in part to my preoccupation with empathy, connection and a belief that life is relationship, i am all for performance as communication. not necessarily preoccupied with providing some kind of finite, concrete performance, but with sharing an experience/creating an atmosphere.

performance poet candy royalle says vulnerability is the new cool.

“As a creator, my artistic ethos is this: I create in order to connect. I seek to connect in order to remove the idea of “otherness” that divides us. By removing the division of “us” and “them”, I try to highlight those things that actually bind us. Here is where our connection is found”.

although i’m choosing to practice being physically alone in my solo raves, hopefully you’re with me in spirit!!

cheers for watching 🙂

track listing: flight facilities – crave you ft. giselle (adventure club remix), girl on an island by alice phoebe lou, 5:45am john frusciante and omar rodriguez lopez, ruby by ali farka toure and toumani diabate, overture-cotton avenue by joni mitchell, easturn by jun miyake.

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