Exit Map: Moving On (2021)
During lockdown, I have been part of the global team with Exit Map to facilitate Moving On; a regular outdoor and spaced out dance practice in Bristol – on the Clifton Downs. This was active in 2021 right up to the end of the restrictive social measures of Covid-19. For many, it was a lifeline, and during these isolating and socially distant times, we were able to safely continue to connect with our bodies through movement, creativity and expression, with the help of the voice of dance artists and the awe-inspiring outdoors and nature.
As a dancer and musician, I co-created the audioguide journey in April 2021’s Moving On Traces. It was an insightful and joyful collaboration, working with the wonderful artists: Alice Labant, Irene Fiordilino, Laura Doehler, Algy Behrens.
What is Moving On?
Exit Map create audio guides that last about 1.5hours and invite a personal improvisation movement practice by carving attention to sensory input, experiential anatomy and imagery. People engage with it in parks across London and further afield in Europe. We conceived it for lockdown to allow one’s practice to unfold in relation to others while keeping a safe distance. And then we fell in love with it and decided to continue doing and offering these guides.
It is an outdoor activity where a shared physical presence that is safe installs reflections on our relationship to nature. It proposes that movement is a state of aliveness and a way of life which people can engage in by moving and witnessing. The guide is for all ages and backgrounds as participants adapt it to their needs yet from particular value as we stretch dance into open spaces, invite nature as dance partner with agency and altogether define parameters for dance in new ways as context , embodiment and purpose change.
We hope that people from all walks of life can join us and get to know how we navigate and make sense in order to connect not only to moving but to moving together as a community that is made up of all who are curious and determined to address new ways to move on …