Rhythm resides in our bodies. Performing shared rhythms results in an instinctive feeling of togetherness, strength and pleasure. Stepping together is both music and dance at the same time. Yet, moving as a superorganism leaves plenty of room for showing individual ideas and variation. By adding small changes, one can easily evolve from simple and unison to complex and diverse.
Jan Martens shows us that it’s never too late to start dancing: he only became interested in dance at the end of high school. This choreography makes us aware of the expressive power of minimal changes during repetitive minimal movements. It also shows that dancing is a special kind of music, or vice versa: the only music heard are the sounds of the jumping movements and the breath of the exhausted dancers. hEAR DROPS promotes cooperation between children and teachers based on shared criteria. The principle is simple: watch an episode together, discuss what you’ve seen and heard, watch again, interpret the rules of the game, discuss context and materials, perform together, evaluate together.