It was an early morning start to Port Townsend to assist in the setting up of Momo Butoh's Company dance performance that I was going to be dancing in - my first butoh performance. I was quite awe struck on arrival at the venue... so much beauty with a Japanese, zen aesthetic.
There was a great feeling coming to this performance to assist, in that everyone involved was helping out in some way or another - from setting up chairs in the theatre space, to sweeping the stone slab entry way. Everyone was coming together in such a joyful, careful, caring, focused spirit of creating and manifesting the vision that Momo has been planning for months.
During the preparations, I was able to fit in a short daily dance practice amongst the garden sculptures. I loved the giant hand, as it seemed to be such a gesture in physical form representing what we were all here doing - coming together with open hearts, minds and hands to work and create - in a spirit of community working towards a common aim.
Also, in yoga, the upward facing hand represents receiving and receptivity. As much as we are preparing to 'give' a performance to the audience, we will also be receiving from them as well - the sharing of the performance and the evening - the energies that flow both directions.
"Anyway, what's the purpose of our being here? Ultimately, aren't we here to link hearts?"
Kazuo Ohno, Maureen 'Momo' Freehill's sensei
I loved how my dance practice was interrupted... time to get back to work!
Thank you for viewing. I hope you are inspired in some way to bring dance more freely into your day to day living.
There is a film in the black space below:
Visit my butoh mentor's beautiful blog here: Maureen 'Momo' Freehill