Climbing

Climbing: the activity of using one’s hands, feet, or any other part of the body to ascend a steep object.It is done for locomotion, recreation and competition, in trades that rely on it, and in emergency rescue and military operations. It is done indoors and out, on natural and man-made structures.

Aubazine, France, 15th of August 2018
Performers: Luuk Scheers and Lisa Scheers
Photography: Carolien Hermans

Cannonball and Diving

Cannonball: The result of running and jumping in a flexed position into a swimming pool to create a large splash, mimicking the flight and shape of a cannonball

Diving:  the sport of jumping into water, especially with your head and arms going in first, or of swimming underwater

Diving in Zarautz, Basque Country, Spain, 7th of August 2018
Photography: Carolien Hermans

Jumping in the water
Dordogne, August 2018

 

Diving and Cannonballs, Aubazine, France, 16th of August 2018
Performers: Luuk and Lisa Scheers
Photography: Carolien Hermans

 

Pushing &Pulling

Three video’s on pushing and pulling. 

  • To push: exert force on (someone or something) in order to move them away from oneself, move forward by using force to pass people or cause them to move aside.
  • To pull: exert force on (someone or something) so as to cause movement towards oneself, to move something towards yourself, sometimes with great physical effort.

Video 1: Falling, Pushing and Pulling 
Performers: Kyungsun Baek, Jetta van Dinther, Pere Faura, Maria Mavridou
Concept: Carolien Hermans

Video 2: Pushing and Pulling
Performers: Teun van der Grinten, Michel van der Linden, Luuk Scheers, Maas Theuwkens
Concept: Carolien Hermans

Video 3: Pulling a Rope
Performers: Lune Tourvieille, Lisa Scheers
Concept: Carolien Hermans
July 2018

 

Study 5: Balancing

In this fifth movement study we looked at balancing The photographs were taken in Lisseuil, France, April 2017. To balance is to find an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady.

Photography: Carolien Hermans. Performers: Lisa Scheers (11 years), Luuk Scheers (13 years).

Play of Four Boys

In the following series of photographs and video you see four boys engaged in play. The photographs are taken at the Conservatory of Amsterdam, 17th of December. Photography and video: Carolien Hermans. Performers: Teun van der Grinten, Michel van de Linden, Luuk Scheers and Maas Theuwkens, all in the age of 13 years.

Three themes can be distinguished in their play: Fight Play, Instant Composition and Touch

Fight/Play:
Often the physical play of children (specifically boys) is a way to challenge and test each other’s strengths and weaknesses. This kind of physical play restricts itself  to the rehearsal of locomotor activity that serves no instrumental purpose. Fagen (1981) describes the distinctive characteristics of fight play as repetition, reversal, fragmentation, exaggeration, inhibition, and unpredictability. 

 

 

Instant Composition:
Instant composition is an awareness of space  in both physical play and dance improvisation:

  • using different levels & subspaces and considering other people as part of space
  •  entering space, finding a specific position, positioning oneself in space
  • each improvisation and each play  happen in a distinct context
  • there are always tacit agreements in a social context

In the following series of photographs  four boys engage in physical play. I photographed the momens where the boys seem to be particularly aware of the space.

 

Touch
Touch and physical contact are crucial to both play and dance improvisation. Both physical play and contact improvisation can be seen a conversation in movements, in which physical potentialities are explored in the in-between space between two or more bodies. In the following series of photographs  four boys engage in physical play. I photographed the momens where the boys are related to each other through touch.

NotesOnTouch

Study 3: Trampoline

In this third movement study we looked at the behaviour of children on the trampoline.  The photographs were taken in Lisseuil, France, Augst 2017. Photography: Carolien Hermans. Performers:  Bob Voskuijl (14 years), Luuk Scheers (13 years), Lisa Scheers (11 years), Philippine Voskuijl (11 years) and Olivier Voskuil (8 years).

Study 1: Jumping

In this first movement study I looked at the basic movement repertoire of Luuk (13 years) and Lisa Scheers (11 years). I was interested in jumping, floating and falling. The photographs were taken in Lisseuil, France, April 2017. Photography: Carolien Hermans. Performers:  Lisa Scheers (11 years) and Luuk Scheers (13).

 

 A year later I again photographed Lisa (12 years), at WG Terrein Amsterdam, jumping from a wall, 9th of September 2018.