Get Your Act Together – Day 3: Space (Transcript)

We’re talking about space and today.¬†We can think about how we start implementing that.

Again, we’re staying very abstract. Let’s say for example you want to do a statue routine you’re going to be fixed here. The space is going to be what’s within arm’s reach. You’re going to be relatively planted to the ground. contrast that to a circle show so for sure you’re going to be taking up as much space as you possibly can you want to be filling the area to bring everyone in. You’re projecting up and out everything needs to be up here. Maybe you’re doing a circle so for kids everything’s going to be much lower you’re going to be coming down.

So for today we’re not thinking about sequencing, just think about a move that you’re comfortable with. The kind of move that you can do backwards without even necessarily really thinking about it. And then just exploring that space for whatever sort of show you want to do. So again, if it’s statue based, how much space do I have here? I can bring this as far down as I can. Bring this as far up as I can. I can come to the sides.

Again just that dynamism of using the space around us and not just being fixed in front. And again interestingly, your practice space itself is going to limit the amount of room you’ve got here, so if you want to build a big stage act, you’re going to need more room to practice. But just explore those boundaries again if you’re doing an ambient show of 2 metres by 2 metres. Take each one of those bits of space, just with that habitual move, and just see how much you can do in that area, and try and fill up every single part of it. Use the ground, use the sky above, use behind your back wherever it might be, but just try and take up as much of your own imposed boundaries as you can.

A lot of routine building you’re going to set these parameters on yourself and it might seem restrictive but that’s where the creativity is going to come because you’re going to find all of that space within these boundaries.