Saturday, April 27, 2013

movement reflection

Reflecting on classes just completed.

The body is, yet not only, movement.
In work there is the emptiness called space ... or is it heart or rigor?
In play the space parts then moves in to fill where the body's been ... or is it  absence that parts and fills or energy?
We have deeply personal reasons for moving, working and playing.
Yet always we partner to hold the space and to keep things whole.
Memory is on our side as long as we observe, listen, encounter and reveal in dancingness.
"It is about finding a true sense of your path in the theatre and in life and finding where it links. The only way it makes sense to me in any literal way is through the analogy of the waves of the ocean hitting the beaches of the earth. I see that theatre and art and the way of the actor is the ocean, a vast swell of the human spirit, whose full potential can never quite be tapped (though we strive to do so) and the earth represents our human, mundane life, it represents the body we are stuck to the ground with and it is when they meet that we are allowed to move, breathe, create, and feel. Is that a start to an understanding of the way of the actor?" (from a student response)
:: Note :: ... My work is called associology ... more of a spirit than a discipline. One aim of this field is to retrieve an aliveness possessed by individuals, discover in dancingness & singingness impulses and feed this as an encounter back to the source from which they came. As a result of this process, people might be able to source something even as they unveil & reveal their autonomy. 

Sunday, April 07, 2013


... the black and white photo of the northern lights (aurora borealis) has become my adopted tag/profile ifsphere icon web signature ...

... a photo my father took while working in Fort Churchill, Manitoba Canada ... he had till then devoted his life to plasma physics and upper atmospheric reseach spending nights on the lookout tower photographing the sky ... place of imagination ... the icon spells if ... the solid tower and wave lights visualize the splendour of the night sky ... hints at the mystery of l(if)e ...

As the solar wind interacts with the edge of the earth's magnetic field, some of the particles are trapped by it and they follow the lines of magnetic force down into the ionosphere, the section of the earth's atmosphere that extends from about 60 to 600 kilometres above the earth's surface. When the particles collide with the gases in the ionosphere they start to glow, producing the spectacle that we know as the auroras ... (auraora borealis)

... what i love is though much thought goes into such things it is often an intuitive act and then only much later comes the articulation of the process ...

:: Note :: ... it was Dave Winer's Mini-podcast: Why is Mao Tse-tung my Twitter icon? that encouraged me to recover my explanation from a lost post  ... many thanks to Wayback Machine ...

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Term end

... term concludes ... an exploration ... last summer returned to the source of my beginnings & was given the gift this term to practice a reflection ... began with see-listen-encounter-reveal ... 
Thus 'revealing' is not as much an act of showing as it is an inner deed of letting, releasing, and offering ... a transition from the 'outer' to the 'inner' ... from 'work' to 'deed': "The actor should not use his organism to illustrate 'a movement of the soul,' he should accomplish this movement with his organism. (Kris Salata. The Unwritten Grotowski. p.55 with the embedded end quote from Grotowski's Towards A Poor Theatre. p. 123)
... term concludes with a deed ...  a deed without a name ...  Deed, by means of movement/dancingness/aliveness, is merely an instrument of the body, the heart and the breath of the doers ...

:: Note :: ... my humblest thanks to students so committed to the way ...