Another one of our residents from this spring is Pipsa Perrin Poukka – a practitioner that wanted to find her way back to the movement and dialogue of dance. We asked her to tell us about her working process and relation to dance practice and movement.
– I’m a dancer who stopped dancing about ten years ago. Or I never stopped but I didn´t take a part of the official field of professional dancing anymore. And that caused a huge emptiness I realised. I was missing that language, but I also realised that many years of non-dancing had changed my movement. What was left in my body if not dance? Frames about what? If the technical skills aren´t there anymore what is the movement about that still exist in my body? These questions made me scared and curious at the same time and I came to a point of realising: meet myself in dance or die!
And that´s what I have been doing at c.off. I have been dancing. Without any thought of showing anybody anything. Without prestige. Without judgement. With me in studio I have had music that inspires me, different pieces of costumes and my mobile to film with. All this activity in order to see what my dance is all about.
As I described above I was missing the dialog that dance created in my life. My impression is that I can fully express myself only in movement. I had filmed some short improvisations every now and then in my everyday life – movements in a kitchen/ a living room/ a corridor – and I felt these documentary pieces of my life were of importance, and that I still needed to talk through movement. So, when I heard about the c.off studio and that I could apply for a residency, I decided to try to arrange an appointment with myself at that place. And that worked well and I´m very grateful for that!
Pipsa brought with her two Mantras in to the studio that has been central in the working process to find inspiration. We got curious and asked her to tell us more about what they where and how they affected the work.
– First of all that I would embrace all the stimuli inside and outside the studio and secondly that I would be kind to myself and not judging. I was inspired by light and shadow, different objects in the studio, different camera angles to shoot from and the music. I put myself in the middle of all these impressions, opened my senses and started to move. This practise turned to be emotional and liberating. I wasn´t surprised that a lot of emotions came up to surface, but the intensity of them was overwhelming. Specially the vast sea of sorrow and fury I felt in the beginning. But that was ok. I let that emotion take place and continued dancing. The sorrow transformed to be a joy and restless enjoyment of movement to the end.
Now I have hours of videotaped material to work further with and I will expose my dance in short dance videos, impressions of emotions called tableaus #. I’ll create a platform for that work at Vimeo. I’m also interested in investigating more about the mind and senses in dance expression. What are the inner/outer elements you take into consideration in presence and how does this consideration affect the decisions you make while moving? And further on – how does different co-existing elements impact dance expression and the experience of watching it? In other words, I want to keep on going to explore the movement as impression of emotion.