Arriving, Begin Standing

by Penny Campbell


When minds move – which they do all the time, whether we pay attention or not – bodies in some way, no matter how small, reflect that motion. It’s a little like electric current passing through a conductor: whatever is passing is invisible but it’s there and it has effect.

The Arriving Begin Standing score includes an audio component, in which you will be led into movement by Penny Campbell:

1. Download the audio track for Arriving Begin Standing (you can click the yellow audio button link, above, to download all audio tracks for this website) to your phone or listening device. You can use headphones or run the audio through a speaker. It is best to download the track onto your device first and then play it.


2. Find a place that you feel comfortable moving in and play the audio track for this score. Feel free to pause the recording at any time if it is moving too fast for you. [The duration of the score is around 30 minutes long.]

Prompt for Response:

1. Take a moment to scan back over this exploration. What do you remember? Any reports? Questions? Concerns? Taking five minutes, free-write in your journal about your experience with allowing movements to arise out of stillness. Free-writing is stream-of-consciousness writing (writing/sketching your thoughts onto the page as they arrive in your mind). As you scanned through your body and tracked sensation, what were the moments that stood out for you? Was this a new way of arriving for you?


2. Read through Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 of Penny Campbell's writing on Performance Improvisation. In 3-5 sentences, discuss how this enhances your understanding of what you just experienced. Would anything that you read change your approach for the next time you arrive into movement?


3. Share your writing in the comments, below. You can type the free-write or take a photo of it and upload it (especially if your writing includes drawings/sketches).

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