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

 

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LIVE ARTS FOR THE EVERYDAY – APPLICABLE THOUGHT #14 – Background

Whenever there is a background/foreground distinction in live arts (see applicable thought #13), the background is meant to support what is happening in the foreground. In terms of perception, any change in the background changes the way in which the foreground comes across. Nothing happens in isolation, either on a stage or in life. Everything is part of a system of dynamic relationships. Everything is background until we notice it and see it as foreground and goes back to being background when something else takes the foreground as figure. By definition we are more aware of the foreground, but we can expand our awareness to perceive the effect of the background as origin and context.

María Ferrara