ARABESQU-ING - moving with through and beyond form

23 July-27 April 2018

Vienna, Austria

Kira Kirsch

Let’s take a deeper look into arabesque, best known as a position in ballet
vocabulary, and investigate its purpose. What is the legacy of arabesque?
What does this shape, so strongly associated with classical aesthetic,
offer us today in learning functional movement for a variety of
applications? Can it be transformed into or rediscovered as a significant
fractal piece to reveal meaningful information and functional relevance for
multiple modes and dynamic movement?

Some questions I am juggling with is the validity, necessity of form and
what makes a form go beyond form and how do we move through or inhabit
forms or positions with autonomy or in a balanced relationship?

What if we can bring new values to arabesque as a symbol as a form?

A symbol for the revelation of principles like the interdependent
structural relationships in the human body. A symbol for the essential
asymmetrical organisation of the human body during locomotion. A symbol for
the expertise in weight distribution and in the orienting of masses towards
one legged support.

The architectural and dynamic deployment into the arabesque would then
provide an opportunity for a thorough study of essential functional
patterns of the human body and consequently an important form for
developing and  transforming our movement potential.