An emotion is a reaction of the body and mind to a signal emitted by the senses and managed by the spirit; joy, anger, fear, peace ... it goes straight to the soul. An emotion is very intense but very short. Feelings are the result of emotions, which are not as intense, but last longer. Pain (emotions) is inevitable; suffering (feeling) is optional.
The mindset or state of mind is a way to remain, to be; it is the result of a feeling alive for a long time, the result of an emotion, and can be very long. (For example, pain is an emotion, sadness a feeling and depression a state of mind).
Emotion is like lightning, spontaneous, powerful and unpredictable. Feeling is the thunder following lightning, predictable, lasting longer in the middle of the rain. The humid earth is the mindset, the result of the storm.
In the EMOTIONAL VISION we will try to awaken our consciousness in order to have close contact with our present moment.
What I propose in dance is to use emotions and feelings as a source of creativity.
There is a middleman, the mind, which manages a lot. The question is not if the emotion is right or not, what is clear is that we have it, since there is a reaction. Then comes the personal work if we want to generate a state of mind or how to transform it if it was created.
The first moment, which is the creative source, is when we receive the emotion; it is a very pure moment.
In terms of dance, when that happens, if we are able to use that emotion, it becomes a very creative source where the mind is not involved.
We want to enjoy this moment of emotion by being creative, by knowing the capabilities of the body in relation to this emotion, recognize the truth...we will not question it, we will not judge it, we will not attach an opinion or guilt or thought...It is a meditation aimed for the better understanding of the body.
As our body stores, we will see gestures that anchor this emotion, enjoy it, do not limit yourselves, and if you limit yourselves, recognize that you are doing so.
As the emotion is non lasting, if we were able to take advantage and physically anchor what the emotion has allowed us to do, when the creative moment happens on stage, we can re-live it; because it was not born through thoughts and as the body that remembers, the best way to use it on stage is to have experienced what we wanted to do from that emotion.
The more we will enjoy this work of being inner-conscious when feel the emotion, the more we will have creative resources; our range of colours is greater and contains a lot of different tones.
There is a moment where the mind acts, or choses the subject, but its range of movements knows where to go and therefore does the reverse process.
Our library stores known emotions and when dancing of course nothing is happening to us but we know where we’re going and we remember what we felt.
The dancer does not think, but he can relive his emotions on stage and his resources are the emotions stored in his library.
I know this may seem forced at first, but as we practice, we will find. If we do a good job of abstraction from the outside, what they will think, what they will say, so there is no opinion but we use the resources to get that emotion. We can relive that scene, which we know we have healed and managed, but we will not delete it, we try to manage the creative resource that gives us an emotion and then do the reverse process.
On stage we should be free to do what we cannot do in life (ex. move suddenly and destroy everything). Recognize what we would have done and own it, if what we would have done was to destroy and strike, we must destroy on stage and strike and then heal and overcome and create a story to heal.
So on stage, while listening to the body reliving an emotion, our choreography will have more depth and be more real than the simple art-gesture.
In this process, the mind must be an observer and not control. Emotion is pure and must be respected. And that means work because the line is very thin when the mind begins to manage and control.
If we realize that what the mind is doing is repressing, either by the behaviour, morale, education... Repression is also an act generated by emotion. We realize that to repress does not allow the body to be completely free and if that happens, it's not bad. In this case, we will use repression within our movement.
I'm not telling you what you need to do, I tell you to observe because it is by observing that you will see the true emotion and the truth of your attitude towards that emotion.
Attitude is something we can change; emotion is something spontaneous that teaches us something if we observe it. Attitude is our answer and we can learn a lot because it is conditioned by our education, to what our personal power allows us to do and to confront us. Observe, observe, observe.