One of first words that caught and resonated with me when listening to Ido Portal speak about movement was ‘dogma’. One’s training ‘dogma’ is intrinsically linked to Portal’s distinction between ‘specialist’ and ‘generalist’ training, and, as a result, the specialist and generalist ‘mover’. For Portal, the former mover is inhibited by his or her speciality as they are not only physically but also (and perhaps most importantly) mentally detracted from the plethora of benefits to be found in other movement disciplines.
You are all so close in your disciplines that it’s almost ridiculous. I am the guy who invites everyone to the same table and says, ‘hey, look at what we’re doing here. Are we all really so different? We are all movers’ ~ Portal [my paraphrase]
Another argument for ‘generalist’ movement that I hear in Portal’s words follows a more philosophical tone, and it is these words that I personally believe must form the backbone of any effort toward a ‘Movement Philosophy’. In it’s most basic form, I will outline this as the relationship between movement expression (as a set of physical potentialities) and a corporeal humanity.
Okay, perhaps even more basic (but inevitably longer): the relationship between our near infinitely complex body movements as an expression, celebration, and (perhaps most importantly) reification of our our bodies as existing proof that we are alive, we are human, and that ultimately this all depends on our existence within our world in this organic kernel subject to chance, change and death (all of which the majority of human cultures fear and abhor): the human body.
Portal speaks extensively of ‘movement complexity’ as our species’ very reason for its ascent to the top of the food chain, and I feel these observations form a good antecedent justification for carving a space for ‘Movement Philosophy’ or a ‘Philosophy of Movement’ (however it comes to be termed) in the regions of a species-centric, corporeal ontology.
For now, more pondering, more movement, and more on this to come.