In June 2013, together with my camera I got the opportunity to participate and film during the first day of a three day Dance Improvisation workshop by the American choreographer and dance teacher, Michael Schumacher.
I was there because I had to interview Michael for another project. However, Michael's approach to dance improvisation turned out to be transferable to my camera work, and allow me to delve deeper into my relationship with the camera as an embodied observation instrument. This video gives a short impression, a subjective one, of Michael's teaching, and my experience. Filmed loosely, letting go of 'formal' camera technique, I wanted to capture the sensory experience of the space, the improvisation among and with the dancers, while using the camera, simultaneous, as a tool for observation and an embodied instrument. The editing process was a tough selection process as Michael is so interesting.The video is like a drawing.
The workshop was organized by Iris van Peppen from Dance Improvisation Utrecht. Here website: dansimprovisatie.com