Movement Camp 2016

The Movement Camp created by Ido Portal, was seven days of eight+ hours of movement classes a day. There was such a high density of quality information that I’ve been finding it hard to digest and put it down in words, so here’s an attempt on the main realization I came to during the camp.

My one dimensionality-
The depth of research the teachers presented made me conscious of where I am at with my own movement research (which is severely lacking). This became especially apparent in Shai Faran’s class. She’s amazing at teaching and I really appreciate good teachers! I sent her a short message about how I viewed her approach towards dance:

Just received this quote from one of my students at the Movement Camp, saying she finds this similar to my approach towards dance. I totally agree! Knowing more and usually using that knowledge more wisely) can only make you understand better, appreciate better and experience things better the things that you do and see.
Thank You Mandy

I have a friend who’s an artist and has sometimes taken a view which I don’t agree with very well. He’ll hold up a flower and say “look how beautiful it is,” and I’ll agree. Then he says “I as an artist can see how beautiful this is but you as a scientist take this all apart and it becomes a dull thing,” and I think that he’s kind of nutty. First of all, the beauty that he sees is available to other people and to me too, I believe, although I might not be quite as refined aesthetically as he is, I can appreciate the beauty of a flower.
At the same time, I see much more about the flower than he sees. I could imagine the cells in there, the complicated actions inside, which also have a beauty. I mean it’s not just beauty at this dimension, at one centimeter; there’s also beauty at smaller dimensions, the inner structure, also the processes. The fact that the colors in the flower evolved in order to attract insects to pollinate it is interesting; it means that insects can see the color. It adds a question: does this aesthetic sense also exist in the lower forms? Why is it aesthetic? All kinds of interesting questions which the science knowledge only adds to the excitement, the mystery and the awe of a flower. It only adds. I don’t understand how it subtracts.

The super awesome human, Richard Feynman had let his curiosity lead his life since he was young, which developed his unique and practical set of tools for deciphering the world. I believe many of the people at the camp share this approach. “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!” is a fantastic memoir he helped co-author, this trip and it surely relates with my experiences at this camp.

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During our free time at the acrobatics session.

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