I am Rebecca D’Andrea a dancer and choreographer approaching creativity as a means of knowledge.
I believe that through finding ways of creating ‘something’ , we actually find ways to get to know the world.
Dance especially, for its role of enhancing the connection of body and mind, it creates that special alignment that gives access to a deeper communication with the senses, therefore with the world.
As part of the Research Into The Unknown Residency Programme with the Workshop Foundation in Budapest I have been offered the possibility to research about the theme of ‘The Void’ in improvisation for a period of two months in collaboration with an Hungarian musician, making a final performance at MU Theatre on the 13th of December 2011 and other sharings during the process.
This Blog wants to be a documentation of my experience and an open dialogue about the process of researching improvisation,looking at how it can be explored in performance, how to train for it, and what happens on a regular base.
My research idea starts from the concept of ‘void’.
In quantum physics the void, the empty space, doesn’t really exists because it is continuously filled with microscopical energetic fluctuations from which matter is created.
So matter and energy are generated in the void continuously and in a spontaneous way and as long as they are quick enough not to be perceived, in their process of creation and destruction, we can perceive the void.
Therefore, the void has a very fast activity within it.
Having a close look at it, it would appear like a stormy sea, where phenomena are constantly happening in a chaotic way .
The quality of these phenomena is infinite and eternal, going beyond the law of time, being at the same time everything that exists and that will potentially exist.
As a creator I am curious to explore the void in performance and as a performative tool.
What happens if the starting point for my improvisation it’s the void itself?
How do I break from total stillness?How do I enter emptiness, and what happens than?
Truly, this is impossible. In practice it is what it seems to be happening every time.
How do explore this gap?
I will collaborate with a sound artist exploring the same theme.