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Movement research/ Journal 4 by Hasyimah Harith

Movement research questions:

  1. What is my relationship with my stomach? Before pregnancy / after pregnancy

  2. What is my relationship with my midwife (doula/ mak bidan)?

  3. How does it feel being massaged by my midwife?

  4. What if the mid-wife’s role is replaced by the individual self/ suami/ husband/ partner/ loved one?

‘Lenggang’ is a movement gesture learnt in Malay folk dance. There is a similarity in the swaying of the arms, hips and body of the dancer with the rocking or swaying do the abdomen.



Performance score of Lenggang Perut

keywords:

  1. Bodies as protest

  2. Self-Touch as necessary pleasure

  3. Solo intervention

  4. One body inviting another body


Visual 1: Massage

(Urut)

  • 7 kain batik

  • Rocking of the abdomen

  • Horizontal body (lying down on the floor)

  • Rolling the coconut to predict (if the mata face the woman, it’s a boy)

Visual 2: Mandi bunga

(Flower bath)

  • Both partners / two bodies/ husband and wife

  • Jug

  • Washing each other

  • Woman kemban, men kain sarong

Visual 3: Makan berdulang

(Eating from the same tray)

  • Both husband and wife / bodies clad in same colour or similar cloth

  • Drink from the same cup

  • Using hands

  • Eating from the same plates

  • End by bersalam-salaman (handshake)



What am I interested to do next?

  • I am interested to deepen this movement research and develop this into a full-length work

  • Work with collaborator in my movement research

  • Interviews with some questions or have a chat about experience and knowledge of Lenggang Perut, prenatal and postnatal massage.

  • My intention / niat for this movement research is to bring awareness and ask questions to our community about lenggang perut

Please add your thoughts or feedback on my working padlet here: https://padlet.com/info1623/daging


Let’s have a chat! Call me at +65 9145 7560.



Thank you so much for this time together friends. You have all my love sayang! 🤎


 

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