Now back home in Hamburg our time we spent together in Copenhagen is still resonating and echoing in me. I feel grateful for your willingness and dedication to co-create with me this atmosphere we call Soul Motion. There were so many situations I when I felt astonished and touched by the freedom you allowed yourself to be fully yourself, to express your humanity though movement.
I remember how we began, by becoming familiar with the three spaces: the outer space of the dance room, the Temenos which surrounds us and the interior space in our bodies. We used all of our senses to discover the nature of these rooms we dance and live in. Then we practiced to spread our attention to all parts of our body, by being touched by a partner. We explored how it is to move with the whole body in these three spaces.
After spending a while with Yamm (the quality of micro movements), we learned about his sister Yuck who moves very differently and has a more outward and macro way to express. Later we got to know the third and last of the siblings: the Pause.
Later I still see us standing in the circle and practicing “stealing” movements from other dancers. We took the time to make the movement “ours” to digest and let it become a part of our own true expression. We created a connection to the others by echoing and talking back with our bodies to what we saw.
The first ritual was an invitation to let go, to dance farewell to something in our lives that has done its job and is ready to be transformed. The physical representation of this was a piece of paper where we wrote/drew on. This paper became the fuel of a transformational fire we lit at the end of our first day.
On Sunday we took some time to learn from each other, to use the wisdom and creativity in each of us to inform and inspire us. Several dancers courageously stepped into the circle and demonstrated their way of practicing. The final ritual was an invitation to shed light on what we would like to see more of in our lives, which quality to fill into the empty space within us that we created through our first ritual. We sat in stillness, we danced, and when the time was right, we stood in the middle of the circle, lighting our candle and announcing loudly this new beginning in our lives. For me this last ritual was one of the most touching moments on the dance floor I have experienced as a teacher. So much courage, humanity, laughter and tears – so much life!
Thank you again for coming, listening, trusting, caressing and rocking the dancefloor. I am looking forward to my next visit in Copenhagen in one year and I know that in the meantime Camilla will hold the Soul Motion high watch for you. I am glad that in some months my colleague and teacher Michael Molin Skelton will be with you and continues to invite you to listen to the richness of the present movement moment.
Know that you are also always welcome here in Hamburg or in any other city where I hold Soul Motion workshops. My schedule until end of 2018 can be found here: http://www.edgarspieker.de/index.php?page=workshops&lang=en
Since some of you have asked me about the music I played I thought I’d send you some of the artists name that I have used often. Here they are:
Scala & Kolacny Brothers
Music from Edvard Grieg
All the best to you!