Remembering Internal Extremes

From More Than Meat Joy (1979) by Carolee Schneemann:

“Gesture is three-dimensional in quality; it is nureo-muscular: remembrance and recognition are linked to basic kinesthetic identification. Gesture is in the spine; it is intangible and cannot be grasped without feeling it. 


Physiology of the Dancers
With the dancers I find two channels of movement occur:

1. a naturalistic attitude of the body in actual space.

2. involvement from within the body as projective space.


I want the dancers to reach for extremes. The material I present requires breakthroughs in intensity, in emotive location…strong feeling for concentration on new movement…or familiar movement performed as if it were uniquely present for them. This demands resources of available psychic energy which may never have been called for before in their dancing.

Their odies are capable of feats; in so far as possible they are—as a group—inquiitive, adventurour. Grounded in their implacable and moving traditions they scent clearly the forms which they must search to break clear of past traditions. Itis not enough to see this necessity; only a few are held by an emotion desperate and strong enough to carry them through. Their own needs are in process; my visions of movement often upset them—they cry ‘impossible’ just as a traditional cellist does when instructions call the bow to the bridge! I have been able to perform all I asked of them.”(p. 16-17)

the beginning


My name is Becca Weber, and I am the founder/director of Somanaut Dance - a somatic movement and contemporary dance company based in Philadelphia.  This tumblr is dedicated to the documentation of my creative process.

becca weber

A little bit about me:

I have a Master’s degree with Distinction in Dance & Somatic Well-Being: Connections to the Living Body (UK) from the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England,  where she also enjoyed teaching on the BA (Hons) Dance Performance & Teaching course.  I am currently living and working in Philadelphia while I study for my MFA in Dance Choreography and performance at Temple University.  I consider myself an academic, author, and artist who seeks always to find the places where dance and somatics intersect, incorporating them into both my teaching and personal dance practices.  In addition to my educational pursuits, I am currently co-editing a book on Somatics, Dance, and Spirituality; dancing for Philadelphia-based performance groups Movement Brigade and Venus Dance company; working as a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms Philly; and teaching toddlers and children to love movement and dance! 

About this tumblr:

I am working on my MFA thesis under advisor Merian Soto and am using this blog as a tool to post inspiration, multi-media, and some textual documentation of my practices.

[updated 9.30.2012 to reflect a new vision for this tumblr]