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Hot Facts and Cold Fantasy – Axis Syllabus
Advanced mover dialogue
"Poetic descriptions of movement are evocative, but they are sometimes too ambiguous or misleading. For example, it's common for dancers to believe they can lift their legs with their hamstrings, or that the centre of gravity of the body is a fixed point. When erroneous beliefs about how our bodies work are institutionalised, they might slow progress towards autonomy, or even sponsor injury. Beliefs benefit from a concerted effort to relativise subjectivity. For example, one of the advantages of the laic state is that it guarantees plurality of religion. I feel that we need some kind of laic discipline for dance that doesn't police the plurality of belief, or poetic interpretation or presentation, but gives context for all, or at least many of them. That's why the members of the AS community work to find accurate terms that are hopefully more neutral. Terms based on known physical attributes and limitations, and the laws of physics. In my experience, these are bodies of knowledge and terms that allow specificity of context for many approaches and investigations of how we move, allowing rather than negating fantasy in the perception of movement."
ArtistBio: Frey Faust