French choreographer Michel Casanovas is a trained Feldenkrais practitioner. He has conceptualised, designed and choreographed Water Games (pictured above), a dance performance based on the method. Performed by Bhavani Pani, Dipna Daryanani and Kamakshi Saxena, Water Games runs at G5A Foundation for Contemporary Culture from Tuesday, November 5 to Thursday, November 7.
Tell us about ‘Water Games’?
Water Games is a dance piece reflecting the movement of water. I see it as a painting that celebrates the movement, intensity and flow of the sea.
How do you hope the audience will react to it?
I hope with this performance the audience will able to receive what I feel while facing the sea – a sense of openness, freedom, inner space and outer space tuning on the same rhythm and solitude. I hope the work and quality of dance will translate in this direction.
What’s the Feldenkrais Method? How were you introduced to it?
Feldenkrais Method is a somatic practice using clear attention and gentle, subtle movement to re-establish a very clear connection between the mind and body and release all necessary tension. I discovered the method after an injury almost 20 years ago. To be honest, it was the only practice that helped me recover as I needed to use my body in a certain way. My quality of movement has become more connected and fluid as has my approach to teaching and choreography. When I teach I can see the same sense of connection happening with the people in their own unique way. Feldenkrais Method doesn’t impose any preconceived form or structure but invites people to find their own form or voice. Is it a spiritual practice? I used to say that the method brings you to your own door of spirituality and then you can start your journey. It is a fluid approach that is an art form.