flow and shift

Lately I’ve been facilitating a practice with the cast of Reluctant Light that we call “impulse river.” This is a continuum practice—a practice of flow and ongoingness. This is, in the words of one of the dancers, different than “just moving.” In our impulse practice, the goal is to make choices—fire off initiations—more quickly than in a default dancing state.  In order to create the experience/look of ongoingness, you need to constantly re-initiate movement in the body, rather than allow it to resolve or neutralize.  Although it is a corny title, “impulse river” evokes the particular quality I’m trying to “create” (for the purposes of a particular moment in performance). I’m interested in the difference between our continuum practice and a “shift” practice along the lines of Nina Martin’s “fussy” dance.  Namely, I’m interested in a practice wherein the dancer does not neutralize movement, as opposed to a start/stop effect.  What is at stake if we don’t neutralize movement in the body?  What do you need to surrender? Your orientation? Sense of self? Habit? Control? Verticality?