Harold Boys National School 5th Class, Dalkey Ninth Dance Session, 11 May – Nature Moves Re-Cap

Harold Boys National School 5th Class, Dalkey
Ninth Dance Session, 11 May – Nature Moves Re-Cap
Artist: Robert Connor, Dance Theatre of Ireland

We started this session with a discussion of the outdoors experience with Turtle, from O.W.L.S, at Killiney Hill Park. With the boys re-telling of the activities we created a catalogue of of action words that they could identify as coming from their outdoor experience.

Swaying –trees and grasses
Diving – birds, especially sea birds
Running – small animals and birds (and boys!)
Gliding – seagulls on the air
Shaking – leaves in the wind (also testing their nest making skills)
Stillness – grey heron by the seashore
Waving – grasses, tall plants, tall trees
Crashing – waves at the sea
Stamping – (the worm dance)
Flying – birds, insects, leaves on the wind

We then made a simple improvisation with each word, exploring how these action words, which came from something observed in nature, could be interpreted in movement in their own way. We explored each one briefly, and then explored changing from one to the other, shifting in tempo, texture and energy.

Thanks again, Ms. O’Carroll for capturing the moments.

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