to the Movement Section:
some days it does seem as if one dances oneself into existence
with no substance for grounding except the substance inherent
in the mystery of Being, and in continuing the Dance. ~Zelda
kinesthetic sense is stimulated by the elements of the natural world.
We are inspired by its movements; leaves in the breeze, fireflies
dancing through the dark, fire itself, burning in a blaze, clouds
drifting or whipping across the sky, plants growing up out of the
earth, fish darting in a stream, our mothers hands upon our
arts of dance, theatre, and performance call upon our kinesthetic
sense to convey wordless emotions, and subtle understandings.
For example: recent events of 9/11 have rocked the psychological
and ideological basis of folks throughout the US, and across the
world. There seems to be an opening in many of us since then, a
willingness - or need - to expand and understand our place in the
world in new ways. Art is one of the most potent tools we have to
express our multiple truths and perspectives in a fashion that is
effective, yet non-didactic and non-violent. One of the most simple,
and yet powerful, examples I've seen of this recently was a small
group of people who, each dressed all in white, walked together,
slowly and deliberately, down a crowded street in San Francisco's
financial district one afternoon. Seen in the context of the hustle
and bustle of the urban street, that simple, non-verbal gesture/performance
was immensely effective in communicating what we as culture have
become, and how we might begin to change.
member Leif Tellman contributes two articles; one prose piece, musing
on a performance piece, 'Rising Beauty', that he was involved in
earlier this year, and another on his work using the language of
movement to help people integrate the energies inside them with
those of the world around them: "Dance Therapy and EcoPsychology".
Mundi is a collaborative partnership between the talented choreographer/dancer
Kathyrn Roszak and her artist/musician husband Christopher Castle
(who is profiled in both the Sound
and Image sections of this
issue). This year they produced a multi-media performance of Gary
Snyders poem Mountains and Rivers Without End
presented at San Franciscos Magic Theatre. My review of this
event is included here.
Earth is another magical creative collaboration, between British
artists and life-partners Simon Pascoe and Caitlin Easterby. Working
with primal energies and elemental forms like clay, ash, water and
fire, Red Earth combines movement, sound and sculptural forms to
create profound public rituals to invoke and interact with various
healing and revitalizing spirits.
their 1997 piece, Winterbourne, commissioned by the
environmental group RiverOcean,
Red Earth created an incredible healing ceremony for a stream that
had been choked by pollution. A series of images from that remarkable
performance piece are included here, as well as a description of
another Red Earth project, Outcrop.
I have included a report on British artist Stephen Turners
natural painting/performance piece Tide & Change,
which records the tidal movements in Kents Medway estuary
(the link between the English Channel and the River Thames). Excerpts
from the diary he kept during his 21 days (over the period of one
full moon cycle) camping in an abandoned nautical fort in the middle
of the estuary are included here, as well as one of the images that
resulted from this attempt to capture natures patterns directly.