1. Artistic Director + Performer: Jessica Herring

    November 2012: University of California, Riverside

    Project Description:
    This is A Study of Attention. Specifically, I am working to explore the following questions within the context, framework, of dance: What really can I pay attention to? Is that which is exciting to me as the performer exciting to you as the viewer? How do timed tasks deal with this issue of authentic movement and the generation of authentic movement? What is authentic movement?And why do so many scholars have a problem with the use of the word authentic to describe one's movement?

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  2. Artistic Director + Performer: Jessica Herring
    (with the appearance of three distractors :))

    October 2012: University of California, Riverside

    Project Description:

    Questions: How many rows of peanuts can I make within a ten minute time frame? Where is my attention during the task? What movement naturally is created when creating movement is not the main goal/priority? Is any of it interesting?

    Limitations: Subsequent rows of peanuts must be placed in the same orientation as the previous row. Any peanut that hits the floor, must remain where it stands. It CANNOT be moved, but must be incorporated into the subsequent row.

    Goal: seven rows (oh vey!)

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  3. Artistic Director + Performer: Jessica Herring

    October 2012: University of California, Riverside

    Question:
    What is makes a movement "authentic"? Can authenticity exist within technique or is it something that exists beyond technique? Is authenticity merely attention to the given moment. If so, is that attention/intention something that can be felt by both the performer as well as the viewer?

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  4. Artistic Director + Performer: Jessica Herring

    October 2012: University of California, Riverside

    Question:
    What observations does one make and what do these observations reveal about the viewer? Specifically, it is possible to watch someone or something without immediately drawing an opinion about the individual or subject being viewed? And if so, can you ever know that what you are watching is an authentic representation of that individual or thing? Meaning, is the subject behaving "naturally" or are they acting for the audience they pretend not to notice?

    actor?

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  5. Artistic Director + Performer: Jessica Herring

    November 2012: University Of California, Riverside

    Project Description:
    So the experiment of the day was to see if attention, focus, and specificity have anything to do with how/if a movement phrase is viewed as authentic or inauthentic. To do so, I decided to create a basic movement phrase and repeat it multiple times, the goal being to create two tasks that I must attend to simultaneously. Specifically, I was interested in what would happen to the specificity of the movement as I was speaking. How would its rhythm and timing change? What would happen to the quality of the movement? How does my voice play a role? Are there any perceived relationships that exist between what I am saying and what I am doing?

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A search for Authenticity

Jessica Herring

This channel is dedicated to my choreographic exploration of my own authenticity, my own authentic movement. As one who has spent nearly twenty years training to do things, EXACTLY, as someone else has done, I have found it difficult to discern that which…


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This channel is dedicated to my choreographic exploration of my own authenticity, my own authentic movement. As one who has spent nearly twenty years training to do things, EXACTLY, as someone else has done, I have found it difficult to discern that which is real, honest, natural, authentic for me and that which I have merely learned to do with precision and ease. These videos are the experiments I am conducting as I work towards making that discovery.

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