Material Led Process︎︎︎
This process is in development and has been tested with different materials into choreographic, sound and video works. 


STAGE 1 | EKPHRASIS: Vigorously study and describe the material. Before touching or moving it, observe the matter closely, devotionally, and compile an ekphrastic collection of descriptions.

STAGE 2 | ACTION/KINAESTHETIC: Begin to haptically engage with the material, noting its texture, mass, and feel on the body. Approach movement with a sense of play and attention to conjunctions- locomoting along, through, above, below, with, apart from…the material. Return to your ekphrasis writing and add new observations.

STAGE 3 | TRANSFORMATION: Explore how the material can compositionally change. Fold, stretch, freeze, burn, blow, drop, crush, etc. Again, notate observations of how and if the matter alters its form under various conditions.

STAGE 4 | ROOT: Research the origins of the material- where on the planet is the matter derived from, how did it get here, what are the historical, political, and social contexts this material has found itself situated in, then and now?

STAGE 5 | DISTILLATION: Center around key terms/images/patterns that resonate or consistently reemerge throughout the process. What ideas speak to the spirit of the material, to the rising interests of this collaborative process? Sharpen and refine the pathways that are most compelling to the team.

STAGE 6 | MATERIAL GENERATION: Explore, develop, and revise movement motifs and textile fabrications. Work back and forth between choreographic and wearables designs to emphasize an impacting approach across dance, body, and non-human matter. Consider other interacting material components, including sound, scenography, location, lighting, and public engagement.

︎︎︎Rob Kitsos and Meagan Woods