In 2017, an interest in the contrasting collective and intimate spaces of dance, provoked by ongoing work with dancers with Parkinson’s, led dance artist Danielle Jones (Teale) to develop the practice as research project, Explorations in Collectivity & Intimacy. The project began as a process led exploration that considers the tools we use to develop dance with people with Parkinson’s and how we can value the shared energy of the collective, equally with the individual contributions of intimate movement exploration. The relationships between sound and body, rhythm and space, and the role of shared movement in relation to personal, physical, and perceptual experience have all been considered.

Connecting through a shared interest in these themes with visual artist Sara Hibbert, the first phase of the exploratory process was captured in an installation film that enables news perspectives on movement through the lens of the camera. The work-in-progress ‘Collective Field’ (2017), was exhibited at the RCA Dyson Gallery as part of a work in progress show by Altai Collective in 2017. 

[vimeo 228839645 w=640 h=360] Collective Field from Sara Hibbert on Vimeo.

This blog became a space for sharing research and thinking around the themes as the practice and research evolved. Looking back on older posts you will see the line of consideration through empathy, embodied thinking, the Neuroscience of mirroring, vicarious experience and many other areas…

As the work evolves into the CID project this summer please stay connected with our research and enquiries by following the blog