ZO/\/\otion /\rts conducts both performance and workshop events, leading people through somatic experiences in nature.
In our site-specific, ecological performance art, we use aesthetic movement practices as a mode of research. As practitioners in the field called “somatics,” we develop embodied research practices for experientially studying Self in relationship to Environment, not as separate parts, but as a unified system.
THEMES THAT SOMATIC PRACTICES AND ECOLOGY SHARE IN COMMON:
Movement, Change, Balance, Relationship, Adaptation, Integration
- Moving on man-made surfaces I become habitual in my response to constant, predictable environments. I become desensitized to the environment and myself, no longer feeling our mutual influence and affect.
- Moving in interaction with nature demands I constantly Change, both my action and my attention, because the terrain continuously varies.
- Constantly changing, I come to understand Balance–not as something static and controlled, but fluid, dynamic, interactive, responsive.
- This gives me a tangible sensation of my Relationship to nature in a direct way. I poetically notice metaphors for how this mutually influential relationship affects both me and my environment.
- Understanding movement as a relationship of changing balance, I feel the necessity to continuously Adapt myself, to minimize my impact on the terrain, and my own body.
- Engaging in this adaptive relationship, I feel my body’s Integration more clearly, and how I am intimately integrated with the landscape, and the larger environment.
At ZO Motion Arts, we seek to make internal, embodied connections that reveal meaning about our experiences with nature. As we open ourselves to deeper understanding we search for insights that come as direct, sensory-physical correlations, metaphors and poetry about our relationship with the environment.
David Marchant & Holly Seitz Marchant are Faculty Researchers affiliated with Tyson Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis