Turning or Twisting

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An a human figure there are the masses of
head, chest and pelvis. Each of these has
a certain height, breadth and thickness.
Considered as blocks, these masses balance,
tilt and twist, held together in their different
movements by the spinal column. As they
twist and turn, the spaces between them
become long, short or spiral.

We might liken these movements and
the spaces between the masses or blocks,
to an accordion when it is being played.
Here we have an angular, virile, active side,
the result of forcing the ends or forms
towards each other and by this action com-
pressing and bringing together on the
active side, the pleats of the accordion; the
opposite or inflated side describing gentle,
inert curves.

The blocks or masses of the body are
levers, moved by muscles, tendons and

ligaments. The muscles are paired, one
pulling against the other. Like two men
using a cross-cut saw, the pulling muscle is
swollen and taut, its companion is flabby
and inert. When two or more forms such as
the chest and the pelvis are drawn violently
together, with cords and muscles tense on
the active side, the inert, passive mass
opposite must follow. There is always to be
considered this affinity of angular and
curved, objective and subjective, active and
passive muscles. Their association is inevi-
table in every living thing. Between them,
in the twistings and bendings of the body
there is a harmony of movement, a subtle
continuity of form, ever changing and
elusive, that is the very essence of motion.

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