Saturday, February 20, 2010

dance of lightness

Still in Fort Warden Park, Momo and I were inspired to dance together at the "Memories Vault" - giant sized cement sculptures set amongst the old gun batteries on "Artillery Hill." Embedded on some of the monolithic, rectangular structures are beautiful poems by local poet Sam Hamill. Although the poems honored the beauty of nature, the energy of the place was very heavy, solid, and masculine with the massive concrete structures.

When we approached the "The Vault" a group of hikers were sitting on the sculptures and looked like they were not going to move anytime soon, so we abandoned our idea to dance there. On our way out of the park, a blossoming tree seemed to call to us to dance with it... the energy here was so different than at "Artillery Hill" - so light-filled, lacy, delicate with a feminine feeling.
The spontaneous dance we shared is what ensued - a joyful celebration of the blossoms, the sun, and spending time with someone who loves to dance freely in nature!

Although butoh is often called the "dance of darkness," I have learned that butoh can be an embodiment of all aspects of what it is to be human - the dark, the light and everything in-between.

This dance was an outer reflection of my inner body weather... all sparkly on the inside.

Thank you for reading / viewing this blog. I hope you will have many opportunities this spring to dance among the blossoms where you live.

There is a film in the black space below:
Music: Beethoven
Visit my butoh mentor's beautiful blog here: Maureen 'Momo' Freehill

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