Mind and Movement is a brand new choreographic resource from Wayne McGregor | Random Dance, designed to develop students’ personal imagination skills in order to enhance the creation of new and original dance movement.
The resource is based around the Choreographic Thinking Tools that have emerged from Wayne McGregor’s methods in the studio and which are grounded in a decade of collaborative research with cognitive scientists. This research focuses on the way that McGregor collaborates with his dancers in the creation of movement material for his performance works. Mind and Movement is the first time these choreographic thinking tools have been re-purposed into a practical resource for use in a creative learning context.
The easy to follow lesson plans ensure its relevance to a range of teachers from those with little or no previous dance experience through to specialist teachers working with GCSE, BTEC and A level students.
What’s In The Box?
Designed by Magpie Studio, Mind and Movement comes in a handy A5 box and includes the following elements:
- Teachers’ Guide – Introduction and information on how to use the resource and an essay on imagery and the mind.
- Lesson Plans – Five lesson plans with practical imagery and movement tasks.
- Principles Cards – Cards for each of the twelve Mind and Movement principles with examples of how to apply them.
- Principles Poster – Display poster of the twelve Mind and Movement principles.
- Discover Card – Questions for encouraging students’ reflection on their creative process.
- What Next? Cards – Tasks for developing and structuring created movement material.
- Wayne McGregor | Random Dance Production Cards – Information on five of Wayne McGregor | Random Dance’s most recent productions.
The resource includes tools relating specifically to GCSE and BTEC dance requirements including choreographic and structuring devices, working with stimulus, developing new material and movement motifs and reflection and analysis.
About Wayne McGregor | Random Dance
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance was founded in 1992 and became the instrument upon which McGregor evolved his fast and articulate choreographic style. With collaboration at the centre of his practice, McGregor has innovated new work with world class artists including composers Scanner, Jon Hopkins and Ben Frost; visual artists Mark Wallinger and rAndom International; and film-makers Jane and Louise Wilson and Ravi Deepres. Collaboration with science and technology communities has also fuelled choreography mined from radical cognitive research processes. This unique, tenacious questioning between artists and artistic mediums, across the interface of science and art, through the body and mind, has ensured that Wayne McGregor | Random Dance has remained at the forefront of contemporary arts for the past 20 years.
Wayne McGregor | Random Dance is Resident Company of Sadler’s Wells, London. Wayne McGregor is Resident Choreographer of The Royal Ballet. In January 2011, McGregor was awarded a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for Services to Dance.
Wayne McGregor’s talk on his choreographic process at the TED conference 2012: