Here’s week 7:
It was my first week back into the studio after the Xmas break. I was feeling so tired and drained that it felt almost impossible to do anything while being in the studio. My mind was still in Paris and my body still needed more recovery time. So I took another break from the process.
Instead, I went back to the first page of my notes and revisited some ideas and questions I didn’t manage to – or think it wasn’t useful to – explore at the very start of this R&D.
Some of these ideas/questions were a continuation of specific interests that emerged while working on my durational piece, The Drumming Experience of OneSelf, while others came from my obsession for the number ’32’ and its possible meanings. There were lots of actions – sitting, swinging, stomping, sashaying – moments of observation, reflection and few slow plays with a chair. Madonna’s American Life was the soundtrack of the second part of that rehearsal. Then came Etienne Daho’s songs from the early 1990’s.
I started to reconnect with my dancing younger self, with those moments of abandon and nostalgia linked to these songs. It was soothing and at the same time exhilarating. And even though I was miles away from my solo’s creative process, I felt like I was transitioning back to it again after almost a month away from it.
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