phandi : drawing e-motion (tutorial 10 – VR)

  • Purpose : connection with prevailing emotions, let go.
  • Duration : 20 to 30’
  • Materials : white sheets paper 50×70 cm, oil pastels, music.
  • Participants : any age, any number

Rule :

  • This is a little practise weaves painting and dance. Each person is seated on the floor in front of the sheet, or could hung it on the wall, a large sheet of paper (possibly 50×70 cm in size), and chooses two colors from those available (oil pastels is better). 
  • Using the two colors chosen (one color per hand) start drawing lines in the sheet based on the sensations you feel at that precise moment. The practice begins in silence, the music gradually comes. Trace while listening to the emotions that flow, in a deep listening to oneself, without thinking too much, letting the emotions flow as they emerge, following or not the music.
  • The practice ends when the conductor deems it appropriate (usually between 7 and 10 minutes). 
  • Once finished, each participant’s sheet is hung on the wall so that it is visible to everyone, and with the same music used previously, everyone dances based on what they see on their sheet, as if it were a portrait of the emotion experienced that day, as if the lines and everything that has been drawn could serve as inspiration for the creation of a personal dance. 
  • It can also be done in groups, choosing a single sheet/portrait.
  • The whole experience is then shared divided into pairs, in order to tell their own experience.

Comments :

I find that this practice can be a good bridge to unite two great expressive containers: the sign and the free movement. 

It is interesting that those who are willing to let go and tackle an expressive work do not always find this passage fluid, and the dedicated time can help to give oneself the possibility of finding one’s own way of acting. 

Normally this practice is used after going through an initial group foundation process.

To go farther :

Various music, various specifications from totally free expression to different specific constraints.

Sources :

Autor : Petit Pas, Manuela