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Dorothea Eitel

    Bodystudy (29) Playlist with movement proposals:

    1. Choose a point in your body as  a fixed base and choose a body part to reach out as far as possible. Go up to the maximum and let go. Then choose another fix point and another part to continue. After a while you make the reach out as your max to the new base. With this points work you through your whole body.

    2. Hopping from one leg to the other and swing lower leg in different directions, use different combinations of right/left, same side and rhythm. Observe the effect of the rest of your body. Later on include the arms in a natural way to the leg movement.

    3. Wring body parts: choose a starting point and wring until the maximum to the next body block, then let go. You can help with your hands by manipulating your wringing part. After a while wring to the next body block and continue to overcome the block by swiping to the next body part. You can challenge yourself by manipulating parts by fixing them with body parts (e. g. step on your foot, that it can’t move further) or by using limitation from outside (floor, wall, pillars) to fix parts and wring from there. You can build it up from single parts, up to 2 different parts to the same time and end with full body wringing.

    4. Bend your knees all the time, let your feet work: your foot joints and the different directions of your foot edges, foot points, toes, heels, instep bring your body to move. The movements from the lower parts give natural effects to the upper part and the pelvis. But this parts does’t lead or start movements by itself. The pelvis and the knees are relaxed all the time.

    5. Hands leading the movement of the rib cage: start with one hand. Let it move, also very detailed and the rib cage follows exactly in direction, timing, quality, size, tense, energy. After a while you can use 2 hands leading the movement together to the same time. Then split the hand and let the rib cage follow one hand after the other in different directions and qualities. After a while turn it around and let the rib cage lead your hands.

    6. Imagine your body as a feather, that is moved by an imagined puppet master. Be very clear, from which point the puppet master pulls up and which part of your body. The puppet master plays with holding parts, while others are also pulled up, let parts down in stages and creates rhythm. First its one part after the other. After a while two parts can be pulled to the same time. The puppet master plays with different and freaky combinations and creates also chains of movement. At the end he plays with your whole body in movement.

    7. Play between two leading points: pelvis and head. Play with small and big moment, being on spot and coming into space.

    8. Imagine yourself in a soap bubble: check out the limits, that let it grow to the maximum (depending on your body size) by cuddling into the  limitation and widen it softly. Implement your body in different shapes into the bubble like a slow moving statue. When you reached the maximum the bubble cuddles itself  into your body. You are shrimping together slowly and is therefore limiting your space and possibility to move. But you continue withe the idea of shaping your body in the bubble. Feel the contact between you and the bubble and the difference of widening it and being limited by it.

    9. Butt on the floor, upper body and legs up. Move your legs in all imaginable directions by curving, swinging, flapping, stretching, guiding, pushing, pulling, giving accents, turning, throwing out, … and bring your whole body in movement by this, also into the space. But be clear in only led by your legs.

    10. Imagine having ping pong balls into your body. Throw different balls in different directions of your body. At first it stops at the limit of your body shell. Feel the drive, energy and tempo of the balls and what happens if all this power stops at your skin. After a while let the body come into a logical movement by continuing the energy and direction of the ball, bringing your body into space. Later imagine that you throw out the balls out of different parts of your body into the space.

    11. Breath in (4 beats), breath out (4 beats): your body follows naturally the breath by the principal of opening and closing, become wide and tide. Use parts or use the whole body. Also open your backside.


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