Flying Low & Passing Through
(Originator David Zambrano)
After more than 10 years as a close follower of David Zambrano, I will share a number of phrases which experiment on the flying low principles. Passing through is a improvisation composition chapter. It is very physical and complex. I will introduce some tools and tasks from passing through composition to understand how flying low and passing through are getting connected together in the end. In Passing though we work together as a one mind and we are never lost in this spontaneous improvisation passing through composition. Get ready to sweat, speed, learn how to fall, how to rise without loosing any part of your body and mind through “Flying Low and Passing through”
The flying low classes focus mainly on the dancer’s relationship with the floor. The class utilises simple movement patterns that involve breathing, speed and the release of energy throughout the body in order to activate the relationship between the centre and the joints, moving in and out of the ground more efficiently by maintaining a centered state. There is a focus on the skeletal structure that will help improve the dancers physical
perception and alertness. The class includes partnering work and movement phrases, which explore the primary laws of physics: cohesion and expansion.
When you are standing, the whole room is standing. When you are moving, the whole room is moving. The body is constantly spiralling, whether running or standing. These spirals help the dancers into the floor and out of the floor. These spirals already exist; the class focuses on finding them. The spirals help the dancer see themselves and the room from all sides. The spirals propel the class all over the room, both on the ground and upright.
PASSING THROUGH COMPOSITION
In the making of movement compositions, David Zambrano focuses on creating and developing the dynamics for complex systems to present leadership in the form of a group web. In science, cells do not need a protein leader to create life. Neither does the brain need one protein leader to create a thought. With this in mind, Zambrano feels that movement needs no leader in creation.
The “passing through” takes students through various exercises to manifest that same philosophy. The group will create dynamics that will be flexible, complex, getting the group to fit tight together, yet always keeping doors open for the unpredictable. The group moves constantly, transforming the environment of the dance.
After taking part in the “passing through” the student will learn to instantly connect with their environment and become more spontaneous in the making of choices as an improviser, choreographer or dancing in someone else’s work.
Zambrano uses three main exercises to complete this training. Under, over and around enables the student to make instantaneous creative choices as well as increases flexibility in both the mind and body. It is a very physical game that requires a lot of endurance in which the full body of the student goes under, over and around the bodies of other students. Zambrano allows no time to take to make a plan, therefore the student learns the choosing and doing as one. By the end, dancers will dissolve into other dancers as one with the environment.
With leading and following, the students use their bodies to constantly exchange the roles of leader and follower. They do so unprompted, according to their instantaneous individual needs. The student must focus on either leading or following, how and when to make the choice to change, and how to control their body while doing so. The student can never get lost because they are constantly leading or following. From an outside vantage point, the group should give the appearance that it is moving without a leader or a follower while truthfully, everyone is leading and following.
The workshop culminates when Zambrano asks the students to see the room full of pathways – infinite pathways passing through the walls, the floor, even the bodies. These pathways go in any direction and are filled with curves, large and small.
Visible and invisible spirals are constantly passing through the students. Thus the “passing through” is created into a spontaneous composition. When the group becomes one mind, it can never get lost, there is never one person leading, everyone is following. The whole group is constantly traveling, weaving their bodies inside and out of their classmates and still always aware of the environment around them.