Thursday, October 2, 2008

contact

in the last voice class, we learned that by speaking from certain parts of our body, we create different sounds. tension causes us to speak from different parts of the body, higher pitched voices typically come from the chest. we practiced speaking from our diaphragm, our core, from which more truthful statements come from.

the movement class i had was more interesting than the others i had so far. in pairs, one partner would put their hand on the other partner's diaphragm. the point of this was to have contact in an area where people feel vulnerable; the diaphragm produces breath, which much of our behavior starts with. after a while, we would then look at each other to add another element of contact, topped with saying one person's name to one another.

the experience overall was quite strange; allowing a total stranger to just place their hand on my diaphragm was kind of awkward, and adding each new thing made it weirder. however, it helped me see fundamentally where contact comes from, and how we can open ourselves to be more receptive to other people's behavior.

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