Aprendizaje

"It is necessary for you to observe yourself in a different way from the way you do in your daily life. It is necessary to have a different attitude, not the one that you have had until now. You know where your attitudes have taken you so far. It makes no sense to continue this way. I do not have any desire to work with you if you remain as you are now. You want knowledge, but what you have obtained until now has not been knowledge, it has only been a mechanical collection of information. It is knowledge outside yourself, not inside. It does not have any value. What is important for you is that what you know was previously created by someone? You have not created it, so this knowledge is of little value."

-Gurdjieff-

For many, the first impression of the Movements can be like a revelation, because they are something totally different from what they might have seen in the world of dance. According to one of Gurdjieff 's explanations, the objective of the Dances is to achieve the harmonious development of human beings by combining mind and feelings with bodily movements and manifest them together. This development can never happen mechanically, by accident or by itself, and encourages the growth of something that encompasses the whole being, the human being without quotation marks: mind-body-emotion.

Performing Gurdjieff´s Dances is a test that does not allow for deception. Position and movement become something aware. Through a firm and balanced position, presence remains without tension or unnecessary wasted energy. There must be exactness in the gestures, obedience to the rhythm, absolute order governing the rows and columns of dancers, and unity in movement. The slightest mistake can make us lose all previous work. The dancer must hold a deep, relaxed and renewed attention. He must feel his position, have a living impression of it; the position must be correct and pure; the dancer must attempt to expand a direct contact between will and body while he executes the transition between positions.

This sensitivity does not develop by itself; it is necessary for the participant to have an outer attitude that matches the inner. The aim is for him to remove himself from the association of ideas that absorbs him and divides his attention, so that the centers are not allowed to function wrongly.

At first, what we discover is that we are more prey to automatism than we thought; simultaneously, we feel a strange sensation of constriction and freedom. We must let go of the state of tension that may appear in any of its forms: excess of will, agitation of the mind, desire for results, or any type of fear. Any of these tensions can prevent the free flow of gesture and movement within their own rhythm, thus altering their expression or manifestation and the meaning of the Dance. Only by leaving behind tensions in a state of letting go, can we open ourselves to another force of attraction and set ourselves free, enabling the inner to come through. The body relaxes completely and begins to participate more freely. A new intelligence accompanies movement and fluidity appears. It is at this moment that we approach the exact doing which Gurdjieff spoke of, the real movement, the fundamental experience of an attention higher than the ordinary one that we may not have experienced before.

The Movements demand our being in different ways, and this explains their amazing diversity. Some Movements seek the mastery of the body through rhythm and intensity, which involves having a consciously controlled attention, more "masculine" in its expression. Others require more smoothness and a more "feminine" expression, raising us beyond the human condition through beauty in gestures of deep meaning. The aim is not for Movements to satisfy an aesthetic sense, even though they do so, but to awaken latent energies with the aid of the right positions. When dance is performed with this intention, it has a completely different meaning; we become an instrument of universal energy.