The Nijinksy Gibber Jazz Club is currently engaged in a process we call Public Research. Be sure and catch us at 7pm Friday July 12, and 9pm Saturday July 13, at the Firehall Theatre appearing as part of Vancouver’s own 25th annual Dancing On The Edge Festival 2013.
A NGJC exchange, past and present, follows:
Darcy McMurray and Amber Funk Barton had met during a BLOOM performance: 5 minutes with Stefan Smulovitz playing. Furthering this, they were now in the studio doing a first meeting dance with no time limit.
Darcy and Amber described their warm up and their choice of words gave huge information about their approach—simple descriptions – revelatory. When the improvisation ended, they described their improv; then they went on to a conversation which was the same as the improvisation they’d just done –without talking about it directly – a parallel conversation.
So you see the talking before and after as an element of the research. What is your role?
I see my job as the task of noticing what they do together. What kind of conversation do they have to expand the range? Because sometimes I find this is the conversation they might always have.
I think this fragment of NGJC studio work makes an interesting juxtaposition with these 1986 notes on talking after dancing, from an exchange between Jennifer Mascall and Peter Ryan:
” The language we make is in the room.
In the after talk we describe the past.
We mix our descriptions with theories, language, word from other places and it dilutes, twists distorts the time together though it provides and clears our thoughts on our own theories, language and words.
Word language may not be the best way to explain physical movement and it’s not all we have.
Remember how movement never lies? I felt lying and damage in our talking.
If I were to tell you, if I was in fact feeling something definite and could label it, it could be dangerous because you might be hanging onto that label during the minute when I was feeling something (quite) else.
What I feel now may be not what I feel then or feel when.
Dance disappears but we label the memory as an absolute; having forgotten the previous and following moments we give crystal credulity to the impression we remember.”
Photos excerpted from Yvonne Chew’s photo documentation of BLOOM 2013.