“This week I would like to experiment with movement that arises through practising being-with material and immaterial bodies, (humans, texts, thoughts, objects) starting from a series of dance scores of the heart that engage Anne Dufourmantelle’s text, The Power of Gentleness —- “Gentleness is political. It does not bend; it grants no prolonging, no excuse…It aligns with the present and concerns all the possibilities of the human.” These classes are suitable for people with an interest in exploring somatic approaches to composition, attention tuning, following threads of questioning, playing across media and not knowing what will happen. Please bring notebook/drawing/writing materials if you have them.” Carolyn Roy
Carolyn Roy is a dancer with a practice concerned with improvisatory and somatic processes, particularly durational performance, politics and the social agency of dancing, environment-specific performance and the writing of dance practice. Her work is concerned with attention, perception and being-with others, examining social and philosophical questions and propositions through somatically informed dance practice, specifically listening and touch.
Her most recent work, The Companionship Scores, worked with the concept and practice of being-with, reflecting concern with how in life we might allow, accept and respect difference, using the space between us as the ground for working towards transformation in what appears to be an increasingly polarised society. The care offered through the mutual act of witnessing, listening and allowing things (dance, words, sounds, marks) to arise in the space between us is fundamental to this. She recently completed a PhD in dance at Roehampton University and is a regular teacher at ID, Trinity Laban and Lincoln University.