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  • Writer's pictureSunita Asnani

#1 In your hands

The starting point of this research came about with Chris Lechner, my husband, two years ago. We were developing our piece Table Conversations #3 and were looking for ways to draw the audience's eye to the movement of our hands. We wanted to help the audience discover dance in places where they might not have first suspected it. 

Movement and projection

I am interested in how a fluid movement of the hands can be read. What is the appropriate frame through which I can show movement? Here I was playing with the projection of a grid. The straight lines are broken to fit the shapes of the bodies. Like the light reflections in a swimming pool on a sunny day. I find this effect most exciting. I will investigate it further in the coming days. I also find it fascinating how effortlessly and precisely our hands can move. My hands feel to me like two musical instruments. In order to play them, I don't have to be particularly eager to move, but rather be in a musical state. They are like two dancers independent of me. And their play often infects the rest of my body.

Anatomically, hands are complicated structures with 27 bones, 22 small joints, and many nerves, tendons, muscles, and blood vessels. No bone touches another bone (this is true of the entire body, by the way), and there is not a single muscle in the fingers. In our hands - as in the entire body - everything is connected and held by elastic, net-like and incredibly strong connective tissue: the fasciae. I'll definitely write a separate post about this sometime.


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