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Writing and Moving
Students stretch after Claire Porter's workshop on Writing and Moving.

Students stretch after Claire Porter’s workshop on Writing and Moving.

To write about someone writing about dance is a little intimidating. Especially when that someone has the breadth of experience of Claire Porter.

Porter takes the term ‘mover and shaker’ and turns it on it’s head. Her bio is thick with the two letter state abbreviations where she has performed and taught. She’s no stranger to Columbus, either, having received her MA in Dance from Ohio State.

Workshop participants first created a body of text, (both individually, then as a group) whereupon movement and gesture were added to accompany those words or syllables.

Participants in Claire Porter's workshop on Writing and Moving assign gestures to words and syllables.

Participants in Claire Porter’s workshop on Writing and Moving assign gestures to words and syllables.

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In this audio clip, workshop attendees remix the agreed upon text.

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Leigh Lotocki plays with a gesture

Leigh Lotocki plays with a gesture

Workshop participants manipulate their dance partners

Workshop participants manipulate their dance partners

Writing and Moving

Making decisions on the direction

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It’s obvious the writing influences the dance in a very direct way, but from my brief exposure to the concept I’m unsure as to whether the same holds true in reverse. If I can’t tell after tomorrow night’s performance, perhaps you’ll see another sound byte straight from the source.

As this blog develops, I’ll be interested in seeing how ‘writing and photography’ change my approach to image making. To date, the pictures have always come first. I’ve really only tried my hand at the editorial style once before. There’s still so much to learn.

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