Twitch and Disturb


I love dancing with other people, I love the sense of disturbances bouncing back and forth, nervous systems feeding back into themselves via nervous systems. Even more than touch I miss the sheer unexpectedness that can be generated by people moving together.

So what to do? Twitch, jerk, spasm, surprise parts of yourself with other parts of yourself. Receive, channel, be reorganised by the passage of movement.

Warm up well, maybe shaking, or whatever works for you. Start from some part, I like to start from the hips. Move it. There, or there-and-back; short and small but easy. Taste the reorganisation throughout the rest of yourself. Movement will spread in all directions, down as well as up, it may help to keep your legs slightly flexed and to pivot on your feet if needed. If somewhere is blocking the passage it will take the brunt of the force. Go easy and probe these blockages, send small testing ripples through them, pass it through.  

You could try it faster or try it slower.

You might let things settle after each initiation, or you might start to play, setting up rhythms and breaking them, layering and superimposing initiations. Anna Tsing says “disturbance is always in the middle of things: the term does not refer us to a harmonious state before disturbance. Disturbances follow other disturbances” (2015, p. 160).

Breathe! When moving like this I find it all too easy to use explosive and implosive breaths to drive the movement, but can breathing be autonomous? The steady undertow to the crashing waves. How fast and sharp can you move without getting out of breath? How quickly can you recover your breath after a shock? In martial arts (and life) one can practice not being shocked by your own response to stressful situations, only then can you respond to and with others.

Tsing, A. L. (2015). The mushroom at the end of the world: On the possibility of life in capitalist ruins. Princeton University Press.