Born out of postmodern dance, the addition of “everyday,”“regular,” “pedestrian” movement into a daily lesson plan or choreography every now and then can take the dynamics of class or rehearsal in a whole new direction for a fresh change of pace. A wonderful starting point for young students and/or beginners, sophisticated approaches to the integration of technical vernacular and “common” locomotor movement can prove to create sophisticated contemporary works that evoke both technical components with nods to gestural nuances. Think about trying these basic pedestrian movements and ask your students the following questions to evoke dialogue and individual movement profiles.
Add more of your own:
What pedestrian movements do you think of that are similar to people you see on the street? Do you see any that we didn’t list?
What are some similar effort qualities you see within your technique classes and pedestrian movement?
Can you compose a motif based off of pedestrian movement or gesture?
Can you combine technical and pedestrian movement to make a phrase of your own?
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