Principles of style
As style in movement is often claimed to be a purely subjective thing, i want to show the opposite here. There are definite principles as to what makes movement have style, swag, juice, soul… whatever you want to call it.
In the following i want to look at one principle, that seems to be a characteristic of style-moments.
(see Instapost #pktheory4)
So if we would want to describe a style-moment of movement (in the how-meaning), probably it would be something like: it is made of one piece, it is one unit, seamless, nothing is out of place, it is the right thing in the right moment.
When all parts that make up a movement work together in the right way, the outcome will be one unit. This oneness can be found on all levels, wether you zoom in into a „single“ trick, or zoom out onto a whole run, many tricks. It can be found in the physically hardest as well as in the physically easisest tricks – lets say a lazy and a cast gainer.
This „being of one piece“ is to be found everywhere. Most obviously in all arts. In music it is called harmony, and it means that tones are in concord with each other and work together as one (i guess it is roughly like that. Im a music muggle though). It can be found also in painting (and also here it doesnt matter if it is a big painting or just a sketch) and many more arts. If you start looking, you will find it everywhere.
Now, there can be also multiple layers of oneness. For example a painting can have a oneness of colours and of composition and of story-telling e.g. (the portrayed story is told in a perfectly smooth manner). A song can have a „good“ beat, but the vocals do not fit at all. If we look at movement, we can also perceive multiple layers of oneness. For example, a beginner might not have the technical ability to really perform a movement in „one piece“, but you can see that his line choices are kind of smooth in the sense, that all the elements he puts in a run fit together well. Another even abstracter layer of oneness can be found in the example of individuality in movement: When Movement lacks individuality, you could say that the movement and the individuality of the mover are not one.
Yeah, this is very abstract. Though i guess principles themselves are abstract. I mean… the principle of addition… try to grasp that :)) I will take a look at the nature of a principle itself another time, as they seem to be essential in the understanding of movement.