A “movement infrastructure” is based on models of the five Platonic polyhedra —tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, icosahedron— built at human scale and consisting of 3D printed parts and off-the-shelf components. The geometric characteristics of the regular polyhedra are applied to interpret the proportions and movement of the human body. Geometry is a reference system but also an inspiration source for movement sequences.
Below are excerpts from visual journals of my daily practice.
The Laban icosahedron is perhaps one of the most renown physical structures in dance. The name is from his creator Rudolf Laban (1879-1958), who applied the five regular polyhedra to movement sequences, he defined as "scale". The icosahedron, for one hundred year has been used in choreography by Rudolf Laban and his legacy as a framework for dance routines.
3D printing technology is used to facilitate the assembling of the icosahedron, which become easy to assemble readily available for fitness practices outside the dance studio. The geometry underpinning the icosahedron connections are also a metaphor for the movement sequences performed framed by its structure.
The icosahedron comprises twenty faces, thirty edges and twelve vertices. My icosahedron is made of PVC pipe connected by 3D printed vertices/joints I designed. It fits my height and the movement sequence I perform inside is based on a vinyasa sequence which includes sirsasana (headstand). It is interesting how the geometry of the solids is linked to structural strength and balance.