Fly on the wall

4am Full Moon by Art Happens

Someone I recently met in the studio – and their own gentleness, presence, and mindfulness – has inspired some recent reflection on many of my artistic practices. Here is one recent 4am rambling that I sent his way…

Up in the middle of the night, full moon-light streaming in my window (or just past I think it was yesterday), inspired and listening to music, thinking about collaboration – within our bodies, the dialogue between our thought and our physical intuition or physical intelligence; with each other, other bodies in space, between performer and audience and community – all of the spoken and unspoken rules and constructs, known and unknowable, the barriers and connections… And how this investigation into collaboration has guided me towards a practice of deep listening and mindfulness, and what that looks like in movement and art making, and where I still fail at it, and what kinds of questions and investigations and probing that can ignite… And then how to wrap these deep and philosophical considerations into a 2 hour morning class to prepare ourselves for all the varied and intense demands on our bodies… 


sound and body by Art Happens
energetic floating
intention flowing
moving through the breath into the earth bound ear
I don’t have the words but I can feel it – both as it brews internally at the base of a deep belly and as it billows up through the body, pulling the spine up and the chest outward, expanding and softening my mouth, jaw, cheeks, face, until finally pouring out with a kind of ease and independent life that has come from me but is other than me.

and then, as though that weren’t enough, I also get to receive it. the sensation of hearing, as it reverberates, my body receives its vibratory resonance.

full, beautiful, ephemeral, terrifying, vulnerable, magic

between Thinking and Doing by Art Happens

I am curious about the balance between thinking and doing in performance.

I think intelligent action is critical.  I also think that our current culture, both societal and artistic, is at risk of existing in a kind of intellectual virtual space that begins to loose a connection to the body and to action, to doing, to what I believe is a critical piece of our connection to nature to animal to instinct, a kind of listening to environment, self, and other that is not about listening to words or thoughts or intellectual ideas.

I think that dance and live performance embody these things at an essential level and that as an artist in todays world, it is both our responsibility and opportunity to help maintain and deepen connections to these things while also remaining present and conscientious in our intellectual awareness and presence as art makers and leaders, gatherers, visionaries.

We generate community, we initiate thought, challenge assumptions, question ourselves and the world around us and in doing so, we stimulate change and growth in the world around us.  We have a responsibility and an opportunity to continue to guide our cultural connection to body and environment, while expanding our intellectual understanding of the world – without losing ourselves so deeply in one as to kill/silence/or shut down the other.