glorious chaos . august / by james gnam

Written by Rachel Silver

 

We are getting used to this crazy environment. Today we divide and conquer. Several dancers work on a trio section called “Triforce” while others work out a gestural phrase based on narratives in the games. At the same time, three dancers test their skills at rock band. A sense of glorious chaos invades the space.

At one point Smells Like Teen Spirit is blaring from one side of the room, James Proudfoot’s lights are shifting between red and blue, Natalie Gnam is standing on top of the temple performing gestural movements, and smoke is billowing around in the spotlights. It truly feels like a party. When moments of synchronicity occur between the three groups, the whole room buzzes.  

I was part of the “Triforce” team for most of the day. We dance and talk, dance and talk. We reflect that the intentions of the dancers are always visible, whether it is taking cues from the game or from other bodies. The clarity of movement changes as it goes through the line of dancers, like a game of telephone. When the three dancers move into unison it is deliciously satisfying to watch. They “flock” or stay spatially similar, rotating and attempting “sameness”. 

Something that kept coming up today is the importance of having full body awareness. When you are dancing in a duet or in a large group, every pore of your body needs to have eyes. When your partner is behind you or out of gaze, your imagination and intuition kick in to anticipate (and do) what they are doing.