The Anatomy of C.R.A.M.: The Prologue June 2021 - Page 4

The Four : C . R . A . M .

 Provoked by RAW Moves ' theme of Identification , Zhuo Zihao revisits critical moments from his decade-long practice . This inquiry platform saw the infancy stages behind identifying the movement principles coined “ C . R . A . M .” Drawing on his explorations , research and reflections on nature , quantum physics , movement mechanics and Asian somatic practices Zihao felt the compelling urge to organise the approach behind most of his dance execution under four broad categories : Composure , Relaxation , Allowance and Minimization .
Composure ( � ) – The ability to remain centred . Like the eye of the tornado , it is the need to maintain a sense of internal harmony that could give rise to commitment and balance .
Relaxation ( � ) – The ability to tap into one ’ s potential . As practiced in Tai Chi and Yoga , relaxation offers the person a sense of vastness to fulfil any movement .
Allowance ( � ) – The ability to adapt and move alongside trained and natural reflexes . This would allow for spontaneous execution of movement to take place .
Minimization ( � ) – The ability to be deliberate and efficient . This enables movement to be executed succinctly and in whole .
While these categories were inspired by the physical ways through which a movement can potentially be executed , it also highlights the dancer as a person – one who has a spiritual , emotional , intellectual and physical dimension to them .
In a nutshell , dance is inspired from the vast experiences that we have and C . R . A . M . offers a way through which we can express those experiences organically .
To Zihao , these four categories ( of the person and C . R . A . M .) are dynamic and at any point , are always working together . Almost like a rubber band that is stretched across four anchors — each end having various amounts of tension — the suggested categories need the others to reinforce its current dominant state .