So this week I want to talk about socks. Haha, very funny. No, I'm serious...socks. Very controversial as to whether dancers should wear socks or not. In my opinion it is a personal preference and I prefer to warm up in them but I always wished they had a nice grip to the floor so I could still feel grounded as I warmed my body up and began to thread into movement.
I am definitely a lover of wearing socks as I dance but again, hated the feeling of uncontrollable sliding in some. For me being able to wear socks and keep my feet warm is important. As someone who fractured a metatarsal in their foot- I am always on the lookout to keep my feet nice, warm, and secure.
In rehearsal on Thursday, we were rehearsing for tour coming up (linked below!), I had the grande idea of wearing a certain pair of socks all throughout rehearsal and test them out. I tried, along with one of my favourite people Jamie Erin Murphy, the new Blochsox by Bloch. They are shaped as a compression sock and had grips on the bottom of them to prevent too much slipping from occurring. I must say... these are the greatest socks I ever put on my feet. The thick material keeps my feet warm and the compression around my foot is tight and supportive. I 100% recommend these socks.... I now have 2 pairs and will possibly get more...
Try them out and they will change your view on dancing with socks on... well maybe just warming up in socks... again, it's a personal preference!!!
SOCKS LINKED BELOW--- I GOT MINE AT TUTU!
At this point in the developmental stage of this work we are currently experimenting a lot throughout this process. Using this experimental process we have used improvisation to build ideas into the work. The idea behind some of these experiments is how women are told “no” in this world. Although the topic of women and empowerment is a huge movement in society right now, it isn’t everywhere. We have pulled scenarios from these circumstances and developed them into phrase work. To illustrate, we have played with the idea of being pushed down and not being able to rise up by creating a phrase entirely on the stomach.
Physically it feels heavy almost as if a rock is crushing you. This feeling of being heavy correlates with being smothered. To me, it reminds me of being held down by a relationship where it is nearly impossible to get up. In the progression of this phrase on the stomach we are constantly building in movement out of frustration. This phrase represents a constant struggle. Knowing that you are fighting and trying to get out from this and you can't because you are constantly being pushed down time after time.
So far, this is what I have taken from the physical movement but we still have development time to go. I am curious to see if this feeling changes or what comes of it when we display it on stage during the 3 city tour…
more to come!
offerings from shana & company members
Something to read while laying in bed, on the subway or tube, or during your morning constitutional.