Landscapes of Improvisation

~ Dance through the year of pandemic ~

This ongoing project began in 2014, and has become my embodied research practice - dance as a pathway towards connecting with land as decolonial, ecological practice. Through improvised movement in outdoor spaces, I am learning to listen more deeply to my body and Earth.

The one thing that didn't change for me during Covid-19 is this ourdoor dance practice! It stabilized me when everything else felt uncertain. The following videos document my dance practice during the year of the Covid-19 pandemic - beginning in Spring 2020, continuing with Summer, Fall, and Winter 2020-2021. Enjoy watching in the following order, as you reflect on the year for you.

Spring 2020

Photo credit: Carmen Gondard

Landscapes of Improvisation: Ode to Corona

 

Created: March - May 2020

Location Filmed: Neukölln, Berlin, Germany

Music by: Laura Gris

The Covid-19 pandemic supported me to explore the land in my neighborhood. I went on walks every day, finding places to connect with different outdoor spaces through dance. Thus, my embodied research practice supported me listen to what was closeby. This is my Covid Diary, documenting this phase of transition and transformation globally - on a small scale.

Summer 2020

Landscapes of Improvisation: Ode to Sea

Created: September, 2020

Location Filmed: Istria, Croatia

Music by: Soyinka Rahim (@BiboLoveUs)

Improvised movement performed and edited by Sophie Spiral.

Autumn 2020

Landscapes of Improvisation: Ode to Letting Go

Created: November, 2020
Location Filmed: Viktoria Park, Berlin
Music by: Reinartz

Improvised movement performed and edited by Sophie Spiral.

Winter 2021

Landscapes of Improvisation: Ode to Snow

 

Created: March 2021

Location Filmed: Switzerland

Music by: Kilian Ludwig

In honor of winter and the glory of snow!