…so…Laban efforts are these ways to think about the inner intentions of movement…and one of them – there are eight of them – one of them is this concept of floating. so where your movement intention is light , continuous and indirect (or flexible) for example imagine a balloon being blown in the wind…the opposite would be heavy, sudden and direct…like a punch (and there are six other combinations)…punch.. bam bam bam…but floating is more like woouueeeaaouusttheyuuu or something so let’s try that ..

…but then I was thinking what if we could find different ways to think of floating..partly because I’ve been thinking of metaphorical floating…like floating voters or floating an idea…and how floating might be a totally different tactic to cuts and strikes and pressing for change..not too yeah..

…ok so other ways to think about floating might be to have a floating attention…can our awareness be light and indirect and continuous?…a kind of wandering meditation where it is ok to ride that drift… the awareness of the performer…but then what about the awareness of an audience…can that be light and continuous and indirect? not trying to have anything to climax or stand out but a kind of continuous drifting attention is that something we can getting to…

..or maybe like the film Slackers when the camera just goes from one group to the next..or like an optical illusion where your eyes drift lightly, softly in order to see the movement so we can maybe do something like this if you’re up for it and you’re free ..

..and then maybe we talk about stuff because talking is a mode of performance but also a mode of accompanying or supporting performing and we could talk in ways that are roundabout and round the houses and light ….just letting the words keep flowing gently, hmmmm…

optional dress code: pink

Response by Antonio de la Fe

Within the study of Efforts of Movement in Laban Movement Analysis, the Float describes a movement quality that is light, indirect and sustained.

Hamish proposed to the participants in the lab to explore these qualities both at a literal level and at a metaphorical level of what movement can be. Hamish proposed this also within his project THIS MOVEMENT, in which the way the word movement is understood is expanded and includes all metaphorical meanings of the word as well as the literal.

With this, Hamish invited us not only to attempt to move our bodies in particular modes but also allowed our imaginations, intentions and attentions to move freely, yet slowly, from vantage point to vantage point, from conceptual content to conceptual content, from mental state to mental state.

This was emphasised when Hamish invited us to make groups of three, having a person lying down comfortably and allowing this person to prattle on about ideas on floating and to let our thoughts to drift wherever this talking would take us.

I feel tempted to recreate my thoughts on the day, although it is probably much better to accept these thoughts have already dissolved.

In any case, the way that Floating invites as to engage with the continues of the present moment, ever changing yet seamlessly, makes me think that this is a session I will try to recreate in my everyday life often in years to come. I feel tempted to invite you all to do the same; and if you need help remember that a group of us know how to make you float easily: