“The dancer of the future will be one whose body and soul have grown so harmoniously together that the natural language of the soul will have become the movement of the body.” Isadora Duncan
There is a place to recognize.
There is a place to inhabit.
From this non-aligned position the dancer allows the unconscious to become conscious.
Outwit the usual thinking patterns and enter the dance empty of preconceptions.
Mind is to be witnessed.
Traditional techniques for this emptying have included dancing until you are exhausted, chanting, toning, drumming, conscious breathing and conscious dancing.
Events emerge. Listen!
It is minor to know where we are going, how long it will take, or what specifics will be crafted for the movement journey.
Show up, listen and lighten up. This is the place to create from.
View movement as a series of creations and discards.
It is created and destroyed in the same moment, in the same breath.
It is the freedom of impermanence at play.
There is absolutely no thing to grasp or wrap away neatly.
Have the view of making dance in a similar fashion as to creating any tangible work of art; loosen fixed ideas and experiment with various approaches.
Free the self from stories, both historical and futuristic.
As the soul is in motion, the dancer unshackles the mind, liberates the body, and ignites presence to become the movement moment.
It can be a difficult challenge to ask someone to quiet their ‘fixer’ and allow for things to just happen.
We all desire to be safe and in known territory.
Like any new technique or system studied, there is a period of awkwardness that may immobilize.
Remain free with the body, at ease with motion, and watchful with mind.
Provide fruitful experiences that continue to develop outside the dance room by practicing this allowing of things to happen.
Pause and witness what is. Notice the desire to tamper and control.
Imagine you know nothing and everyone you meet is your teacher.
Notice, listen, notice and listen again and again.