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  • One Eyebrow RaisedA Recipe for Movement and Sound
  • Tomie Hahn (bio)

Warning: The following recipe may raise concerns about the meanings of movements or sounds. To avoid jumping to conclusions or making random associations, allow, for example, a raised eyebrow to be a lifting of a muscle of the brow. Nothing more. Nothing less. Meanings may be folded in later and served at room temperature.


Select one bodypart that you able to moveeasily.As you move it,imagine the sound it utters, butonly inside your body-mind.


Can you vocalize this sound?Re-sound.Coordinate the movement with vocalization.They needn’t matchof course.

Become fluid and skilled. [End Page 15] Remain calm.

What do you notice?

Does the movement change . . .      waiting for sound?Does the sound change . . .      meeting the movement?

Notice timing.Expressivity.


Assemble a group.Without sharing sound-movement elements (from #1)before-hand,stand togetherandbegin to re-sound.Repeat and continue . . .loopingforat least one to two minutes.Perform variants to extend the time . . .      How slowly can you stretch the sound-movement exploration?      Can you change the quality?

Notice.Do the movements and sounds change over time?


Does noticing change the experience? The performance?


Name it.Really!Sally, x-47, Exercise #1 . . .youdecide. [End Page 16]


Add an outside presence to your re-sounding . . .    an audience member who observes,    a video recording,    a plant or tree.


State the name, thenperform.Does the outside presence shift the experience?


Serveoften. [End Page 17]

Tomie Hahn

tomie hahn is a performer and ethnomusicologist. She is an associate professor in the Department of the Arts at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where she is currently the director of the Center for Deep Listening. Her ethnography Sensational Knowledge: Embodying Culture through Japanese Dance (Wesleyan University Press) received the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Alan P. Merriam Prize in 2008.



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