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Calton Hill Improvisation – 22/08/17 Reflective writing on today’s improvisation, sharing what questions were raised for me after the performance, and how this opportunity offered a unique experience to re-think about how I situate myself in a performance set in a public environment. How we organise ourselves, our bodies in conjunction with the bodies of citizens has given me the opportunity to apply a certain choreographic structure which was specific to Calton Hill. Initially seeing members of the public almost encircle the performers, with me standing aback, and starting to take photographs, immediately made me question where do I position/insert myself into this constructed ‘stage’ which does not take into consideration that there may be another ‘stage’ appearing from some other unexpected surface or corner of the space. In this somatic state, I felt immobilised to intervene, but it was here in the fogginess of uncertainty, and the liminal space of not-yet performing/just watching-wandering gave me a pathway, a route of some sort, as to how I could drop my eyes into the earth and see how this place may have formed originally. How does centuries of walking the same ground compound the earth to shape the land as it is today. Giving myself that critical distance, enabled me to not hold onto one singular idea about how I should play time and space. I negotiate space with others in real-time, questioning the social order of a space in terms of how I and others may perceive and recognise a dance performance amongst other mundane things. What could I do or not do to move/behave closer to how a citizen moves, rather than as a dancer moving with a particular style super-implanted on top of the Earth in the midst of one of the world’s largest art festival? How do I somatically shift between the modalities of performer and citizen, with the intention of becoming more ‘citizen’ but with a level of alertness which reveals the more nuanced dynamics of the space?

Calton Hill improvisation performance  

Reflective writing based on IMP's public intervention at Calton Hill, Edinburgh during Fringe Festival 2017. Written by IMP member, Adam Hu...

Calton Hill improvisation performance  

Reflective writing based on IMP's public intervention at Calton Hill, Edinburgh during Fringe Festival 2017. Written by IMP member, Adam Hu...

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