i believe i got drawn into football more for the action of the entire arena. the choreography of what’s happening on the field and how the audience reacts and the emotional investment that gets fostered even beyond the 60 minutes of game time, from tailgating to post-game drama.
and with basketball it is more about the sheer athleticism of the players, the visibility of their exertion, as they are so close to you, you can hear them huffing and puffing, see their sweat, the quick side to side movements that go against what the body wants to do naturally, putting the ankle and knee in such peril. it just seems everyone is more vulnerable in a way. exposed. and i like the court. the markings and the rules it clearly imposes.
with football, though, there’s an odd, warlike athleticism and training that goes into it. so unrelatable in a way. that’s why we need the hoopla. but when you get into the training language and philosophies, it’s really interesting and quirky. these ideas about running and hitting. I have a great antique training manual that I want to use to create a dance based around the choreography of football and its understanding of the body—from the field to the fair grounds, players, refs, band and fans. This ones been on the agenda for a while now, but beginning to bubble up at last.