Nachmo in CT 2021

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PROMPTSit down and come up with 5 adjectives to describe the last dance piece or major movement you've seen. Cut them ap...
01/23/2021

PROMPT
Sit down and come up with 5 adjectives to describe the last dance piece or major movement you've seen. Cut them apart, shuffle them, and then improvise to the random order you arrange them in.
LENS
Select a phrase from your piece, between 15-25 seconds. Film the dancer from at least 4 different facings (such as frontal, profile, from behind, on a diagonal) Edit that phrase together as it was performed using only 2-4 seconds from any facing at a time.
ALTERNATIVE
Find/think of a natural thing or human made object that most encapsulates your dance as a whole. Share pictures of that thing as a sculpture of your dance

PROMPTTake a look back through the prompts and use today to catch up on anything you might have missed, or go back to yo...
01/22/2021

PROMPT
Take a look back through the prompts and use today to catch up on anything you might have missed, or go back to your favorite one for today.
LENS
Take a look back through the prompts and your notes. Review your footage.
ALTERNATIVE
Does your dance make you hungry for something specific? Write down just the flavors of what you eat/drink before and then after rehearsal

PROMPTFind an interesting painting or sculpture. Let your improvisation be influenced by this piece of artwork.LENSFilm ...
01/21/2021

PROMPT
Find an interesting painting or sculpture. Let your improvisation be influenced by this piece of artwork.
LENS
Film a section or phrase as close up as you can and then as far away as you can. Consider how perspective changes the mood.
ALTERNATIVE
Give your dance sound effects. As you move, verbalize how each movement sounds, “whoosh,” “bop,” “baow” or whatever sound your movement makes. If you already use these kinds of noises to name or describe movements, focus on filling out finer details or transitions. Share your audio recording or image of these sounds

PROMPTImprovise during the point in your day when you are most exhausted.LENSSet up your lens on the floor at an upward ...
01/20/2021

PROMPT
Improvise during the point in your day when you are most exhausted.
LENS
Set up your lens on the floor at an upward angle to capture the exhausted movement of the basic prompt. Notice the mood of this angle. Does the exhaustion read more than when it's a more framed shot?
ALTERNATIVE
Record a phrase from your dance on video. Share or play it in reverse. Giving special consideration to movements that now defy gravity, create a phrase inspired by your reverse phrase. Share your newly reversed version

Happy Tuesday! PROMPTImprovise for a minute, then choose just 20 seconds of that phrase to repeat over and over.LENSGive...
01/19/2021

Happy Tuesday!
PROMPT
Improvise for a minute, then choose just 20 seconds of that phrase to repeat over and over.
LENS
Give your camera lens a point of view or assign it an emotion, as if it is the gaze of another person or character in your piece. How does this change where the camera looks? How does this change how it looks?
ALTERNATIVE
Place your camera microphone, or any sound recording device, on the floor and record the sounds your body makes touching those surfaces in that space. Repeat in another (or many more) space(s) with a different kind of surface. Listen to how your movement sounds different. Share the audio

Happy MLK Day!Hope everyone is taking some time out of their day to honor this hero. Here is today's prompt:PROMPTCreate...
01/18/2021

Happy MLK Day!
Hope everyone is taking some time out of their day to honor this hero.
Here is today's prompt:
PROMPT
Create a phrase that reflects your body moving from extreme cold to extreme heat.
LENS
Experiment with how an angle, zoom, or editing can give the effect that your film is in a certain climate.
ALTERNATIVE
Do a little research on audio description for dance/performance, try describing a phrase or two of your dance. Share your description verbally

Today's Prompt:PROMPTFind a quiet space to improvise. Don't move for the first minute, then slowly begin moving based on...
01/18/2021

Today's Prompt:
PROMPT
Find a quiet space to improvise. Don't move for the first minute, then slowly begin moving based on the sounds you are becoming attuned to: the wind, a house settling, or even your own breath.
LENS
Keep the camera still and experiment with different body parts entering different parts of the frame. For example, a hand reach from the bottom of the frame. Play with the on/off stage quality of the frame.
ALTERNATIVE
Imagine how you would describe your dance to a 5 year-old

Happy Weekend!Here is day 16 - and there is an open workshop today at 11am EST. Message for the link if you would like t...
01/16/2021

Happy Weekend!
Here is day 16 - and there is an open workshop today at 11am EST. Message for the link if you would like to join!
PROMPT
Experiment with different ways of starting, ending, or initiating movement.
LENS
Film only your feet or wheels. Keep the camera very low, focusing on the interaction between the ground and the dancer.
ALTERNATIVE
Write 3 sentences about your work. Use google translate to translate to a language with which you are unfamiliar. Then translate from that language to one more. Translate from there back to your native language and share your new phrasing

Day 15 and Friday!Hope you all had a good week and here is your inspiration of the day!PROMPTRecreate your favorite danc...
01/15/2021

Day 15 and Friday!
Hope you all had a good week and here is your inspiration of the day!
PROMPT
Recreate your favorite dance photo, then improvise with that energy. Tag us in your recreated photo!
LENS
Find a way to fix the camera on or near the dancer's sternum, with the lens facing away from the dancer, "seeing" from the perspective of the sternum. If you cannot safely affix it, have the dancer use one hand to hold the camera against their chest. Record the dancer performing a few phrases. Review the recordings and describe the movement quality (as seen by the sternum) in a few words.
ALTERNATIVE
If your dance had a sound, what would it be? A scream? A burp? A long sigh? Share a sound or a description

It's Thursday and Day 14!Here is today's prompt:PROMPTTry an accumulation phrase. A+AB+ABC+ABCD...See how long you can k...
01/14/2021

It's Thursday and Day 14!
Here is today's prompt:
PROMPT
Try an accumulation phrase. A+AB+ABC+ABCD...See how long you can keep going, repeating and adding without missing any of the movements.
LENS
Make the focal point of the lens your connection to the paper. Try using different angles to capture your connection.
ALTERNATIVE
Have your dancer (maybe it’s you!) practice the movement while holding an object that is important to them. Describe in a sentence the shifts in weight and tone

Happy Hump Day!Here is todays choreographic inspiration:PROMPTTear out a piece of paper from a notebook and place it on ...
01/13/2021

Happy Hump Day!
Here is todays choreographic inspiration:
PROMPT
Tear out a piece of paper from a notebook and place it on the ground. Connect the paper to the floor with a body part and create a phrase while keeping your body connected to the piece of paper.
LENS
Film the phrase you are working on from a tilted angle, so that the dancer is diagonal in the frame rather than square (this is sometimes called a canted or Dutch angle). Consider how this change in the horizon affects the appearance of weight in your movements.
ALTERNATIVE
Imagine your work as a series of colors in sequence. Share a photo of something that matches some of these colors

Happy Tuesday!Here is today's prompt:PROMPTUse today to catch up to any prompts you may have missed!LENSTake a look back...
01/12/2021

Happy Tuesday!
Here is today's prompt:
PROMPT
Use today to catch up to any prompts you may have missed!
LENS
Take a look back through the prompts and your notes. Review your footage.
ALTERNATIVE
Bring back outtakes (of film, phrasing, music, or concepts), and make 2 changes that invite back your consideration. Share your re-creation

Day 9!!!PROMPTSPick 2 extreme temmpos and create movement to them back to back.LENSFilm your phrases fully in silhouette...
01/09/2021

Day 9!!!
PROMPTS
Pick 2 extreme temmpos and create movement to them back to back.
LENS
Film your phrases fully in silhouette, make sure your light source is coming from behind your dancer.
ALTERNATIVE
Share a video or image of a teacher or mentor whose work is influencing yours. Share a few sentences about why they matter to you

01/09/2021

Anyone wanting to participate in a meet and greet and low key warm up and exploration time DM me and I will send you a zoom link!

Day 8!PROMPTSLight a candle. Watch the flame dance. Create a phrase that reflects the flame's movement.LENSFilm your phr...
01/09/2021

Day 8!
PROMPTS
Light a candle. Watch the flame dance. Create a phrase that reflects the flame's movement.
LENS
Film your phrase in the glow of candlelight. Experiment with different light sources and watch how your phrase changes form.
ALTERNATIVE
Share an image or video of your “invisible collaborators” – another artist whose work is influencing yours. Write a few sentences about why they matter to you

Day 7 belatedly!PROMPTSChoose a body part, choose a motif, and create a phrase!LENSNow zoom in and film that part of you...
01/09/2021

Day 7 belatedly!
PROMPTS
Choose a body part, choose a motif, and create a phrase!
LENS
Now zoom in and film that part of your body doing your choreography.
ALTERNATIVE
Create a “redacted” or “found” poem from a magazine or text you can draw on that expresses something about your work. Share the image of your poem

1st Hump Day of 2021! Keep the creative juices flowing with todays prompt:PROMPTCreate a short phrase, and repeat it mul...
01/06/2021

1st Hump Day of 2021!
Keep the creative juices flowing with todays prompt:

PROMPT
Create a short phrase, and repeat it multiple times. Find ways to make each repetition different.
LENS
Film a phrase from three different angles.
ALTERNATIVE
Record and share 3 boomerangs of essential moments in your work

Day 5!!!PROMPTSFind two distant points in your space. Create a phrase that travels between them as best you can, highlig...
01/05/2021

Day 5!!!

PROMPTS
Find two distant points in your space. Create a phrase that travels between them as best you can, highlighting the distance.
LENS
Make a hand dance film of the phrases you like so far. Set up your camera to capture just your hands and while standing still, mark through your phrases using your hands to represent the body's movement. See if this hand dance inspires any gestures for your piece.
ALTERNATIVE
Take and share 3 photos of something that originally influenced your dance, something that is currently inspiring it, and something you’d like to have further shape your dance

01/05/2021

Day 3 exploration!!!

Day 4!PROMPTSUse the Dancemaker app to create some fun dance phrases. You can pick the words yourself or use the randomi...
01/05/2021

Day 4!

PROMPTS
Use the Dancemaker app to create some fun dance phrases. You can pick the words yourself or use the randomizer. Take a screenshot and share your awesome phrase! (Link to blog, google play, itunes)
LENS
Set up a camera and record yourself developing movements and phrases. After you finish your rehearsal, watch your video in 2x-4x speed slowing to normal playback speed whenever something you did catches your eye differently now that you're seeing it on film.
ALTERNATIVE
Describe your dance-making so far in 3 sentences

01/03/2021
01/03/2021
PROMPT:  Create a phrase interacting with something in your environment, such as an object or a structure.LENS: Film a f...
01/03/2021

PROMPT: Create a phrase interacting with something in your environment, such as an object or a structure.

LENS: Film a few seconds of different potential settings for your piece. Be creative, dance can take place anywhere big or small! Pay attention to the clutter around you and what different settings draw your eye. Watch the footage - what feeling does each setting elicit in you?

ALTERNATIVE: Record only the environmental sounds of you at work – conversations with yourself, sounds of your neighborhood and share the audio

01/03/2021

Today’s exploration!

Hello Lovelies!It's Day 2 of the New Year and Here is your second prompt! PROMPT: Pick a song that is OPPOSITE of your t...
01/02/2021

Hello Lovelies!
It's Day 2 of the New Year and Here is your second prompt!

PROMPT: Pick a song that is OPPOSITE of your taste, improvise to it and see what comes out.

LENS: Complete a YouTube tutorial on your chosen software and give it a shot. Don't worry about not liking it at first, keep experimenting.

ALTERNATIVE: Draw and share a map of your work on paper

Prompt 1 Day 1!!!!! PROMPTState your name and post a fun dance photo!LENSCreate a Vimeo or YouTube account.ALTERNATIVETa...
01/02/2021

Prompt 1 Day 1!!!!!

PROMPT
State your name and post a fun dance photo!
LENS
Create a Vimeo or YouTube account.
ALTERNATIVE
Take a photo of a moment in your dance-making and caption it using only adverbs

Reminder of the Prompt "tracks:"

~The NACHMO prompt is your quick and dirty choreographic kick in the pants to start each day or to end each evening. Each prompt can be completed and posted in 5 minutes.

~The NACHMO plus prompt is for those who'd like to use the prompts to build a complete piece by the end of the month. They’re cumulative and ideally completed in order.

~The NACHMO lens prompt track is for those interested in making a dance on film.

Happy New Year!Welcome to NACHMO 2021!!!Each day in January there will be a new prompt, with 3 variations so you can dec...
01/02/2021

Happy New Year!
Welcome to NACHMO 2021!!!
Each day in January there will be a new prompt, with 3 variations so you can decide what your personal goals are!

~The "NACHMO Prompt" is your quick and dirty choreographic kick in the pants to start each day or to end each evening. Each prompt can be completed and posted in 5 minutes.

~The "NACHMO Plus Prompt" is for those who'd like to use the prompts to build a complete piece by the end of the month. They’re cumulative and ideally completed in order.

~The "NACHMO Lens" prompt track is for those interested in making a dance on film.

Stay tuned for daily prompts!
Make sure you register at: https://www.nachmo.org/register!
Start sharing what you are creating or just keep a folder in your phone of your personal experiments!
Follow NACHMO 2021 on Facebook, Instagram, or wherever you follow social media!
Connecticut has its own page.
Contact me at [email protected] for more info, suggest ideas, or share what you’ve been creating!

Cheers to a New Year!

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12/31/2020

Welcome! Connecticut specific events will be posted here as well as NACHMO's daily prompt and community members are encouraged to post videos, ideas, and events on here for the months of January and February!

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