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
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 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 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.