Free to Move Movement
Free to Move began long before Covid when we simply needed space to move. Now, more than ever we are claiming outdoor space due to Covid. If you would like to join our WhatsApp group Openly Spaced Out please send an email with your phone number to firstname.lastname@example.org .
About: Openly Spaced Out
It is the Shared Practice but outdoors. The Shared Practice is people sharing a space to do their own practice which can be of exercise nature however we use it and propose it primarily as a format where actions derive from listening to what it is we need or want at this given time in this given space. We soften the edges of what we think we need to do, adjusting our methods and exercises to what feels right and where our curiosity leads us. Yes, that can still be exercises but it might also be lying in the grass listening to birds, throwing back a ball to a child, cartwheeling, perceiving tiny shifts of weight on an uneven grassy ground, watching people, breathing.
What matters is that in not being alone we give permission to do things in our own quirky, perhaps untested, perhaps childish way. It is doing the thing that many people consider strange, however, saying that, these days, people walk and watch differently. Moving freely does clearly transmit and it matters right now more than ever. Is it a performance? I feel you choose it to be one if you like but personally I feel it helps to search and connect what it is I want and need and allow that to be witnessed. Myself and those who have done the Shared Practice over years are at ease dipping into the questions what we want and need and not being concerned being witnessed. Being new to this will take some time getting used to it so don’t feel like there is anything you should do. Simply do as you like. If that is meditating or watching or running.
We organise Openly Spaced Out via a WhatsApp group for the location Hilly Fields in SE4 London. Still sometimes people join the group and ask if others are further away and want to meet up. Please get in touch if you would like to be added: email@example.com
About: Free to Move
Free to Move invites by passers and friends to move together with us to enjoy co-composing London’s cityscape and park spaces so as to physically understand that space can be used democratically and freely and creatively as long as we mind one another’s space. Free to Move is an intervention that emerged from the real need for space to move. It was brought to live before Covid kicked in but Covid made it all the clearer. Spatial confinement is tightly knitted with money and status and belongs to those with lesser means unless of course we strip the one confinement which is that of norm. With a little wit and attitude a physical range can be expanded easily. With Free to Move we claim that space belongs to everyone regardless of race, education or background. And we claim it for moving and breathing freely is the basis for well being. Free to Move derived from a training format that was developed for the studio called Shared Training. For the dancer maker it proposes, besides the challenge of social normative behaviour the sharing of space to develop inquiries in dance, its content and abstracts of time and space… especially space. You are invited to come along and move with us or to simply watch and see how it resonates with you.
This format is open ended and non-hierarchical. Anything can surface. You can redefine values, you can undo patterns and create new ones, you can fail or succeed based on your own parameters. Free to Move takes the Shared Training to public spaces and invites people to join those processes through watching or doing.
Being free to move in any way means one has to explore what it means to move like you want to. How would you move if there were no social etiquette, if any movement was acceptable? How would you use space? How do you relate to environment and people and your own body? How does movement nurture and entertain?
Working side by side we watch and pick up. The care we put towards dance engages us to listen to one another closely through movement. Therefore we exchange and articulate freely and we find ourselves supported through negotiations not judgment. The Shared Training and Free to Move are social body spaces where we physically understand that every move affects another.