Poetic Intro: Dancing appears to me as the centerpiece to hold the holes together, a place where it is easier to accept another and cultivate curiosity for the possible physical and metaphysical shapes. Dance is awesome, a state of awe, where we can hold the complexity of our identities, yet dissolve or blur into a raw aliveness. Dancing allows for both discomfort and joy, the sweet spot between grievance and celebration. As a personal and collective energetic hygiene project, dancing can be a powerful medicine, giving permission to sift through our impulses, historical and daily absorptions and impacts, to press out what we swallowed, yet, where is it appropriate to make unorthodox shapes perceptual sorceries heretic playgrounds of the monstrous between subconscious suppression desire to un-become and digest the head with the rest of the body spilling imploding to acknowledge the miracle of another living being and accept our own distortion for they are what we are, dancing as politics of loss, a fugitive state, a prayer, just being, not alone not alone not alone, to get around to love tenderness and again and again loosing syntax making meaning?
What’s the practice: Born digital during pandemic and re-adapted to analogue, Influencer Dance is a hybrid between Authentic Movement practice and dance-play with an attitude, dispelling influencer culture, in favor of IRL mutual with-nessing. The session is made of a warm up centering a movement principle, a system or an image to get us started in our felt sense, supporting the access to movement, followed by an alternating between dancing with eyes closed or open and witnessing with direct or indirect looking, close or afar. It is done in pairs. This practice widens the habits of witnessing. De-prioritizing the visual, we get to practice witnessing kinesthetically, vibing, echoing and ultimately addressing each other directly. The witness is under the influence of a dance. The dancer is unconditionally accepted. Dance is acknowledged as an energy that shapes us, unbecoming authors to become hosts of a dance. We close with a brief verbal or written reflection to integrate.