Mapping Home

by Marion Ramírez


This somatic movement practice invites you to listen to internal and external sensations. We will use solo dance improvisation to journey into your psychophysical world. For this session the idea of Mapping Home refers to the ways we inhabit our body home and our house home where we currently isolate during the global pandemic. While in quarantine we have an opportunity to deepen our relationship with our whole self as we prepare to the many changes and adjustments in our communities and planet.

We take the witness perspective as we observe how our body-mind responds to stimuli and use the creativity of movement to make new choices, find alternative routes that support our body-mind as well as our space’s wellbeing.

  • If you follow the audio, I will guide you through 3 explorations.

  • Otherwise, choose one of all three scores from this written version.

  • To prepare, get a paper and pencil, a small snack to eat with water or tea and some space to move on the ground.

  • I invite you to ignite your tissues and imagination.

The Mapping Home score includes an audio component, in which you will be led into movement by Marion Ramírez:

1. Download the audio track for Mapping Home (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 35 minutes long.]


Mapping Home score (text version) :

LISTENING —— WHILE STANDING


1. Listen for sounds that come to your attention. Which sounds you hear furthest away, which are closer to you, stay listening to one of the sounds that captures your curiosity. If you had to place this sound in your body where is it?

2. Invite this body location to initiate movement as it embodies the quality of the sound. Gradually include the rest of you.

3. Start listening to the sounds that your body makes when you move, the clothes sliding agains your skin, the way you are in contact with the ground, the breathing pattern, play with these sounds, make them louder, quieter, make them last for a long time… Explore the whole range.

4. Bring your attention again to the sounds of the room in relationship to your movement sounds, let them connect. Can you move big while making as little sound as possible?

6. Sometimes make a big sound, a slide, a stomp, a breath, a rub, a jump…

What wants to sound? What does your sounds want to say? Enjoy the force.

7. Find a way to stop in the next 5 seconds…. Dissolve

MAPPING INWARDS —— SIT AND FIND GROUND

1. Find your paper and pencil. Close your eyes and place your pencil at the top of the page, start scanning inside the body from the top of the head, go slow and feel for sensations that call you. Let the hand trace and transcribe the qualities it is sensing.

2. When you are done, open your eyes. Look at the drawing for a few moments, give it a title, write it down.

3. Leave the paper and pencil and find a place on the ground to lie down on your back or side.

4. Scan again this time starting at the feet, what calls you? What qualities do you perceive? Perhaps tension, holds, spaciousness, pulses, currents, melting tissues.

5. Now feel for 2 places in the body that are still calling attention, initiate movement from these body areas, magnifying whichever quality you perceive. If you find movements that are satisfying, use repetition to go deeper, let the repetition evolve, allow changes in speed, size, tension, flow. Follow what emerges.

6. Let the inner mapping expand, take your dance through any available space in the room, get closer to the edges, walls, furniture, fabrics, rugs, wood. Map out with movement the available pathways, scan with your touch what you CAN touch, feel its temperature, texture, size, weight. Like a child exploring its environment. Remember we touch with our whole skin.

9. Find the shortest path towards your snack and tea.

TASTE AND DIGEST ——

1. Close your eyes and with gratitude taste your snack. Eat it slowly, feel the texture in the mouth, notice how the taste changes as you chew. Touch base with your organs, how do they receive this gift, touch base with the pelvis, how does it prepare for full digestion.

2. Drink your tea or water for hydration. Map its trajectory.

3. Find your paper and turn it to the other side, make a new drawing with eyes open, improvise drawing from the somatic movement experience. What body sensations, places in the room, sounds and flavors are still present and with you. Don't try to remember, let the hand improvise its marks.

4. Give it a name…. Write down any reflection you may have.

5. If you want take a picture of your drawing and post here with a few words for sharing.

Thank yourself for the journey.


Prompt for Response:

Share your reflections and images from your drawings, below.

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