How and in what way does the body relate to the landscape? In physical play as well as in dance improvisation the landscape plays a crucial role. Research for example (Green, 2013) shows that natural landscapes evoke physical play in children. Children look for open-ended spaces where they construct their own experiences. . Children “stalk, balance, jump, and scamper through the natural world. Activities with a physical challenge component speak directly to children via the mind/body link”(Sobel, 2008, p.2).
Also in dance improvisation it is believed that our bodies are influenced by the environment and the natural landscape. Dance and movement improvisation can be used to gain a deeper awareness of the connection with the physical environment.
Soja (1996) refers to this as the sensibility of the body to the spatial and the geographic: the spatial dimension of our life that includes space, location, landscape, environment, territory, geography.
In this research study we look to qualities and movements that are present within the natural environment. We look at:
– surfaces and textures that resemble the human skin;
– natural patterns, forms and shapes;
– flow, fluidity and change;