REACh. to expand dance.
Research in Expanded and Algorithmic Choreography ________________________________________________________________________
Dance epistemology is a perspective in dance studies that looks at how we think, reason, and construct meaning by the way we structure and exchange dance practices and through dancing itself. It deals with dance as the aesthetic expression of corporeal thinking. In this field of inquiry, my research reconsiders the value of verbal and embodied reflection for dance and choreographic practices. More specific, practices that focus on sensations and experiences, also called somatic practices. Somatic practices use visualization, improvisation, verbal reflection, and integration to train sensitivity and reactivity of its practitioners. However, these practices often still miss the tools to grasp the fleeting nature of its knowledge production. My artistic research project speculates on how to make embodied reflection, understood as tacit and implicit cognitive processes, in improvisations more insightful by revising a self-developed somatic practice for the nervous system, named ‘Nervous Systems’.