The Sacred Something is an improvisational practice that cultivates a perceptual state in which perception is no more or less important than anything else.
It’s a relaxing feeling, not having to take control. Objects have relevance here; the room does not need to be rid of things before dancing can happen. Nor does the body need to be rid of “things” like impulses, memories, or images. It’s a joyful, overwhelming, affirmative practice to get lost in and to take with you into the world.
Alison D’Amato is a researcher, choreographer, and performer based in Los Angeles since 2010. She is Assistant Professor of Practice at USC’s Kaufman School of Dance, where she primarily teaches dance history and theory. As a practitioner, her work has long been entwined with her academic research. In 2015 she graduated from UCLA with a PhD in Culture and Performance, completing a dissertation on contemporary choreographic scores (Mobilizing the Score: Generative Choreographic Structures, 1960-Present). alisondamatodance.com
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