This week’s session brought the class back outside to conduct field work towards their choreographed walk on June 14th. Using the maps Justine had provided them with, the class split into four different groups.
Testing each group’s route involved brainstorming actions, gestures and other surprises that they could engage their audience with on the 14th. The class thought through actions that might respond to a particular site, such as an alleyway, fence or playground and how these actions might question our expectations of that place. They also tested the duration of their walks to make sure no one would get too tuckered out along the way!
Planning the walks!
Group’s 1 and 2 carefully planned the length of time they wanted to spend at each of the site’s they chose. Group 3’s walk brought them to an alleyway and they passed back and forth ideas of how they might perform on it’s slope. Group 4 mused on staging a fake fight, making a body bridge and embodying a school of fish.
Excited to see how the next week’s choreography develops!
For the last month of the school year, Ms. Persoon’s grade 6/7 class is working with Justine A. Chambers, the final artist to participate in A New Path to the Waterfall. With a practice founded upon movement, everyday choreographies and collaborative creation, Justine’s project with the class will get everyone up and moving!
For her first session with the class, Justine introduced herself, her work and her ideas for the project. During her introductions, she also introduced two very special guests; her friend and collaborator, Alanna, and her son, Atticus. She discussed the role of choreography in our lives – how we move, how we walk, how we eat. Specifically, she asked everyone how architecture in private and public space influences how we move: are there ways that we move in these types of spaces that have been normalized? Why do we follow them?
Taking these thoughts outside, the class walked backwards, matched each other’s pace, stopped and pointed. They asked, what relationships can we make with the public?
Looking forward to more explorations of choreography and movement to come!