lampwick Posted September 23, 2003 Report Share Posted September 23, 2003 I could use a few tips on facial expression in class. One of my weekend teachers gave me a correction that puzzled and intrigued me. He said that although my eyes were looking in the correct direction and I appeared to be concentrating, I looked as though I was staring into a blank space, not quite "present"...if you know what I mean. I mentioned this to my regular teacher and she said that she had been meaning to point that out to me. She was watching me in that other class and said that I looked very flat..too technical...and she wants to work with me on ways of actually EXPRESSING something with what I'm doing. We do a lot of sustained balances in attitude and retire in class. I have pretty good balance, but only if I stare at a fixed point in space. Yesterday, my teacher started waving her arms around in front of me as I balanced in attitude, I think just to bring to my attention that I looked "spacey". She says that concentration should look like it happens internally. Indeed, when she dances (or just balances), she has the appearance of having an inner calm. Every movement in adagio tells a story..she even will sometimes narrate a little bit. "My love...he's over there...I can't reach him...so I'll just do an arabesque now" (laughter from the class). When I used to perform, I always got cast in roles which, for want of a better term, I'll classify as "character". I was good at comedy, at anger, at all those "obvious" sort of emotions. Since I could often elicit an audience response, I think I led myself into believing that I had a dramatic ability. But I've found that I struggle with the subtler qualities that make for a truly expresive dancing. I guess I'd like to find an expression which doesn't depend on narrative. Creatively, I'm more interesting in expressing a joy of being in the moment of dancing itself. But without seeing myself while I'm dancing, how can I start to develop a facial language? How have dancers molded thier expressions? Is this something that one needs to have innately, or can it be learned? School teachers used to always accuse me of not paying attention in class...even though I was. How to get rid of a "spacy" expression? Anyone have to overcome this? Any tips? thanks. Quote Link to comment
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