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.

Walking

Running

Skipping

Crawling

Crying

Smilng

Stopping

Looking

Talking

Staring

Skipping

Sitting

Teetering

Beathing

Sliding

Laying

Strolling

Climbing

Spinning

Crawling

Jogging

Marching

Scratching

Watching

Blinking

Floating

Stomping

Twisting

Melting

Lifting

Drifting

Slithering

Hopping

Twitching

Touching

Reaching

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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