Raffaella Galdi’s pedagogic approach
Raffaella Galdi developed a pedagogic methodology to share and pass on her knowledge in dance. Always true to an ongoing process of evolution and maturation, she keeps on questioning and refining her method, which finds its base in 3 simple principles: the body-mind connection, to be in the present moment, breathing; the use of the bone structure, its natural alignment and articulations; the relationship of the body to gravity. Her teaching is directed towards dancers and encourages them to discover their own body as an instrument and to deflect themselves from their habitual movement pathways. It enlarges their awareness and places them more solidly in the present. Her role as an educator is to coach, guide, assist via suggestions, assignments and exercises. Galdi teaches as a free lancer as well as for theaters and dance companies, for professionals and students. Teachers which have influenced her dance approach are LaborGras (Renate Graziadei and Arthur Stäldi), Rebecca Hilton, Susanne Klein, Barbara Mahler, Claude Coldy, Rosalind Crisp. Release technique, Feldenkreise, Klein technique, Sensitive Dance are currently feeding and nourishing her passion for the body, movements and dance.
My teaching offers a research laboratory which deeply focuses on “body wait shift - in and out of verticality”. It is proposed in 3 phases:
- training the body / working with the body
training the body / working with the body
The training not only allows the body to become open, receptive and prepared for moving, but also functions as a groundwork for the movement investigation which has a very specific focus.
I will guide with my voice and physical demonstration through a sequence of exercises, using the floor and standing levels, starting very slowly and increasing the speed through out the process. We will bring attention and awareness to:
The bone structure, its natural alignment and articulations
The release-alignment is a way of working more efficiently by using less muscle tension (only using deep muscles and strictly the amount of tension required to move and dance) and of aligning the bone structure (to respect its natural condition and to use the connection with gravity).
The purpose is not to work towards “exercising” the muscles, but rather to “wake them up”; to use them for support and realignment of the bones. The aim is to align the bones and to become connected - “release and connection”.
The relationship of our body to gravity
By aligning the bone structure, respecting its natural condition, we can use the connection with “gravity”, which is natural and always present. In fact, gravity acts in our body provoking a sense of “weight shift” inside the body and from the body into space. This sense of inner relocation of body weight produces movement.
To be in the present moment, the connection body-mind
Awareness is the base of everything. The process of awareness requires time. A lot of patience and daily practice is needed to apply it and train not only the physical, but as well the emotional and mental bodies. Breathing is the bridge between body and mind. Breathing is the base.
Breathing is natural. Breathing is always there.
Exploring is to pay attention to the act of dancing while is happening. Exploring a principle is to do it through a specific task. Using the previous physical preparation of “release and connection”, we will investigate the body weight shift, observing and perceiving while the movements are generated. The relationship between our body and gravity can be used playfully, because the inner relocation of body weight produces movements. How does it function from the body into space? This is the very core of the exploration. The elementary task of transferring the weight creates an ongoing motion, an ongoing transition in which being into a vertical axis and being out of it is constantly alternating. The first basic and simplest example is walking. From simplicity we will shift to complexity.
This time frame also concerns asking questions and/or a verbal sharing of personal experiences.
What to do with what we notice: composing together.
There is a possible change of awareness happening by bringing the exploration (improvising while witnessing what is happening while it is happening) into composing (taking a decision, selecting, proposing). By bringing the experience of dancing from an exploration phase into composition we can deepen the knowledge of the principle. Each participant will propose 1 or two movements and we will bring them together, in the moment, finding the connection and transition between each other. Each move will be a consequence of the other. We will create together a dance variation based on the experience of “vertical into out of vertical into vertical”. This simple idea leads to ongoing motion in space and a clear, specific movement language.
I like to consider the work as an opportunity for observing, feeling, experiencing, exchanging, confronting and dancing with joy.
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