Mesomorph dance company

Posted on September 20, 2011

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 Why dancing?

 

–          Why would you go into dancing?

–          Because it is my way to understand life.

–          Meaning?

–          I mean through my body and through movement, through motion.

–          How?

–          My body perceives all the buzz inside things. Motion penetrates everything. Motion is everywhere.

–          Everywhere?

–          Yes, everywhere. It is inside human, inside nature, in words, sounds, colour. Anything exists, meaning anything is alive, when it has got motion. Even when it is not obvious or we do not feel it instantly. Something like emotions.

–          Do you mean to say that emotions have movement?

–          Emotions have actually got motion or immobility. All those emotions that aim towards life, are full of energy and motion. On the contrary, all the negative and black feelings, we use to call “heavy”, because they tend to inhibit movement, to stop it, even lead one to death, not necessarily the actual death. What makes us alive is the passage from one state to the other and that is movement.

–          And what about the “black” and the pain of the artist?

–          It changes and becomes something different through sublimation. The artist’s spirit converts immobility into movement and so, into life. I actually act better in sorrow and pain as it allows me to enter darker routes. But through my motion I end up lighting them, bringing them before our eyes. And that passage from one to the other, from sorrow to dance makes them both extremely important and essential. But then, is human nature not full of contradiction?

–          And love?

–          Love contains everything. But above all, it contains the body. The body rules in love. And what is more alive and endless than two bodies, containing one another and vibrating because of the other. But how painful it can be when you lose this.. Isn’t this a small death?

–          And children?

–          Children have motion and dance inside them from the moment they are born. They search for the other and the world through their bodies. And the first thing they do, the moment they are born is to “dance” life.

–          And you turn all those things into dance?

–          But dance pre-exists.

–          And what about after all those?

–          After them…everything starts all over.

 

My name is Christina Striftobola and I have started a dancing company, called mesoMorph. I have been into dance for 27 years, during which I choreograph, I teach and dance. In a few words, I have grown in it and with it. It is my way to talk about things, inclusively and honestly.

I am also a psychologist currently facilitating expression groups through dance in a public drug rehabilitation unit (18 Ano). It is a very intense experience, as movement really unfolds all its essence, its truth and importance especially when approaching the psychopatholgy of the individuals which is intensified because of the brutality that has left its mark on their bodies.

I always thought of dance as a more structured, organized and educated expression of the physical movement. Movement alone is the primary and original language every human develops, his first means to explore the world but also to communicate with it, long before he develops his ability to speak. Furthermore, dancing is the agency to express all those things that enter one’s body and get transformed in some way, a very individual way. They get “embodied” and they return outwards in a different and special figure. And this is the case with everything in life; experiences, emotions, relations, loss, life, death. In other words, this is the case with everything we are made to or capable of experiencing.

And motion’s greatest advantage is that it cannot pretend. It cannot lie. It is not like words. Words are, in some way, a social convention; they are structured and controllable, and so they can, to a certain extent, change, hide, betray. Movement, on the other hand, because of its unconscious roots, cannot lie. It does not have the ability to do so. Moreover, physical movement  is not overall unstructured, but its own structure lies in humans deepest grounds.

Therefore, I suggest the next time we engage with movement, in any way we might do so, to look into it more deeply, inside and behind it, as if it was a very particular lens.

 

 

Christina Striftobola/ mesoMorph company

mesomorphcompany@yahoo.gr

 

 

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