LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #79 – Axis

The rotational axis is the centre of a revolving movement and the point which remains still. When a dancer wants to spin, the rotational axis is key. The centre of the body needs to remain stable for the force applied to create a spin. Also, a wobbly axis will cause the dancer to lose their balance. When, metaphorically speaking, movement threatens to make us lose our balance, a stable axis is a good place to find stillness. The key is to cultivate its strength and stability and learn to make our way there. Our physical axis runs between the crown of the head and the pelvic floor, in front of the spine – perhaps that’s a good place to start!

 

María Ferrara

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #21 – Balance

Dancers are much more aware of their balance than other people; they train it, challenge it and play with bringing themselves out of it as part of the dance. Whenever our centre of gravity is over our base we are balanced, that is, forces are in equilibrium and we come to stillness. That does not mean that balance involves no movement. Quite the contrary, balance is an ongoing dynamic readjustment. This is easily felt in what Steve Paxton called the “small dance“: stand with your eyes closed and relax your muscles as much as possible without collapsing so that you can feel all the small movements that the body makes to prevent falling over. Balance understood as a process, rather than a fixed spot, helps us understand self-regulation as an alternative to a set of rules about what is right/wrong in terms of taking care of ourselves.

 


María Ferrara