Moving on many grounds
When I started practicing Feldenkrais I realised the huge inspiration that touch has. Often we would start a class by observing the distribution of our weight and feeling what parts of our body have contact to the floor.
Every time we touch something, we leave a trace, we leave our fingerprints, footprints, the prints of our bodyparts.
When we move in spaces like dance studios, fitness gyms, gymnastic halls, we cannot see the traces we leave behind. The walls are white, the floor black. These places created by human beings provide us with the freedom to practice without being distracted. They often don’t inspire us to use our environment. Martin Kilvady is a unique person teaching how to use any environment and does a great job dancing in a conventional gym. Link
Most things in nature are living and thus, moving in nature provides us with a lot of input.
We can dance up the trees, swipe the leaves off the ground, jump from stone to stone. There is a lot of communication with the environment when we move in nature. We don’t need music. The music is already there, in form of the wind, the birds, the water. We also don’t need specific equipment. Of course there is a reason why dance studios have a bouncy dance floor for the ballet dancer to jump with little impact on the joints, why the gymnastic places have soft mats to land on. Does this mean we need these specific mats or dance floors? Do we do specific things in specific places? Ballet in a ballet studio, acrobatics in a gymnastic gym? Or can we turn this habit upside down, go somewhere and do what feels good at this time in this place?
In the sand we can leave visible traces. This is why I love it.