Evil Twins

October 29, 2009

Happy Halloween! Ready to trick or treat? America is.

Evil vs Good quote

“Twins of Evil” video

Evil Twin Body Wisdom

Evil twin tricks (Bwa ha haaaaaa…) practice

Treat movement

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Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh!

Evil vs Good quote

“Imaginary evil is romantic and varied; real evil is gloomy, monotonous, barren, boring. Imaginary good is boring; real good is always new, marvelous, intoxicating.”- Simone Weil

“Twins of Evil” video

Playing with “evil” is a human tradition. It is how we rise above it and poke fun at it.

Evil Twin Body Wisdom
Brain Herring (of Raleigh, NC), sharing about their Evil Twin Performance Jam tradition “The Evil Twins Strike Back,” says people are encouraged to “Tell your scariest story, sing your most haunting song, dance like the zombies are after you in InterPlay’s version of open-mike night, joining with others to create a special Halloween performance!” He says, “The first time we did the Evil Twins performance jam, at the last minute I threw in two words at the end of the description,”Costumes welcome.” I didn’t really expect many people to come dressed up. I was astonished at the effort and creativity that people put into their costumes. People had a blast and a tradition was born. Being given permission to do stuff (move, sing off key, talk loudly) felt vital. In the naming circle, the fake identities start to be revealed. No one uses their real name! Stories and songs and dances come from other places. And yet there is a sense that a greater truth is being revealed than is otherwise allowed. One man is a brain-damaged mental patient.  Another is the winner of a wet t-shirt contest. Where else, even in InterPlay, would this crew be so brazen?

Evil twin tricks (Bwa ha haaaaaa…) practice
•Fling your focuser (and your serious self) up in the air for 30 seconds.
•Thrust your pelvis forward and walk around. Can you keep a straight face?
•Hold your face in a strange position and keep it there. Let your moves flow from your facial expression.
•Dance in a completely jerky, quirky way to “Amazing Grace.”
From Dance: A Sacred Art: The Joy of Movement as Spiritual Practice p49 “Trickster Dances”

Treat movement
Play Marquetta Dupree and Angela Holley singing “InterPlay.” Dance with a hand or your whole self as you raise a hand to welcome a million connections!

Take a deep Breath and Let it out with a Sigh.


Just For Fun

October 22, 2009
Cassandra Sagans dog Zusha

Cassandra Sagan's dog Zusha, the abominable snow dog

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Just for Fun

Just for Fun story

Mozart on roller blades video

DW3 Practice

Dancing the World into Form Poem

Anti-Depression Video video

Raise a hand in blessing movement

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Take a deep breath, let it out with a sigh.

Just for Fun story
by Cassandra Sagan of Portland, OR

When I was a kid in Brooklyn I was a contestant on a TV show called “Just for Fun.” I had a terrible time. Before the live broadcast began, the host, Sonny Fox, went around the audience asking for jokes. My dad had written me a perfect one: I would ask Sonny Fox, “What do you get when you turn funny socks inside out?” Sonny Fox! But he was sweaty and impatient in person.  He picked seven other kids and never even called on me. My team lost a carload of prizes—Suzy Homemaker ovens, talking dolls, games with fancy plastic moving parts— because I couldn’t sweep a ball fast enough across the slippery floor. I felt chubby and ashamed. The losing players got one of those metal looms where you make pot holders out of mop fibers.

Tom Robbins says “It’s never too late to have a good childhood.” Studies show that children learn by playing. And as we become more and more a culture of lifelong learners, we require Lifelong Playing. So let’s play, “Just for Fun.”

Mozart on roller blades video

DW3 Practice
Dance Write Dance Write Dance Write

I love to sit on my balance ball and write. The poem, the song, the midrash, the e-mail is in my body, my feet on the ground, my breath blowing my lips to raspberries. I’m a sloppy writer, bouncing a little, leaning back and working those abs, circling my hips and breathing into my kidneys, or my liver, whatever it is back there that needs breathing into. I drape my body over the kitchen counter, the Muse at my back, kneel on the rug with my tush in the air, curl like a cat on the sofa. I take a legal pad and walk all over the house, the deck, the yard.

Do a DW3—Begin in stillness.

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sound.

You can do a one hand dance, a full body dance, a chair dance, balance ball dance, lie on the floor for a couple of minutes and roll dance. It might be a different dance each round.

And then write. Let the words come out of your dance, your body.

You can write longhand or type. Try thrusty writing, flowy writing. It can be utter nonsense phrases hooked together with commas and conjunctions. Write in a shape. Imagine you can breathe the words out. Start out with something you always say. Write in Fake German, capitalizing Significant words. If you happen to write something Pulitzer that’s lovely, but it’s not the goal. Just write for the sheer fun of it. A few minutes, a few lines, a few words. And then dance again, write again. Do that three times.

Dancing the World into Form Poem
by Cassandra Sagan, the results of a DW3

Words, I’ve missed
the way you slipped through my hands
onto the page, slithering
a while before you disappeared.
It was you I was looking for:

all those years all those men,
writhing from one excruciating love poem to another.
Poor Younger Self had all the right components
dumped into her like a junk drawer.

But, Girlfriend, I’ve missed
the way we used to play
freeze tag, you were beautiful
the way shadows are beautiful
flickering on the edges of light.

Remember how we danced with the Clown Goddess?
All it took was a smile,
a Tai Chi flick of the wrist.
We were twelve-years-old
torn between the childhood we’d lost
and the womanhood we could only long for.
Living Words, I want to press
myself against you until my DNA whirls
in synchrony with your Hebrew, Sanskrit, cuneiform,

I want to kiss you
like a prayer book, a siddur,
like tzitzit, the fringe of my prayer shawl
wrapped around us as we dance this world into form.

Anti-Depression Video video

Raise a Hand in Blessing movement


When we dance hand-to-hand we often practice opening the space between us. We can feel that connection even when we aren’t right together. Raise a hand in blessing. Turn in a full circle (or not) and know that others are sending blessings to you too.

Listen to Leonard Cohen’s DANCE ME TO THE END OF LOVE while you dance.

Take a deep Breath and Let it out with a Sigh.

Note: This week’s posting is created by Cassandra Sagan. Cassandra is a new Portland, OR InterPlay leader and organizer, a writer, a poet in the schools, a Ukelele playing songstress, and a leader in her synagogue. She will assist Cynthia Winton-Henry at the Applied Improvisation Network conference in Oregon this November.


Receive Your Life

October 15, 2009
Rose Photo by Don Moseman

"Rose" Photo by Don Moseman

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Receive your life!

Why poem

Receive Thyself! practice

The Climb song/video

A Blessing: Where I Live Now poem

Raise a hand in blessing movement

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In InterPlay we like to “have” our self and our world. Tend to give yourself away? “Take back” your focus and receive. Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh…

Why poem
by Nanao Sakaki in
Break the Mirror submitted by John Diller at Secrets of Leading in Seattle

Why climb a mountain.

Look! a mountain there.

I don’t climb mountain.
Mountain climbs me.

Mountain is myself.
I climb on myself.

There is no mountain

nor myself.
Something
moves up and down
in the air.

Receive Thyself! practice
Practice hanging out, easy focus, rolling around.

TraceyJoy in Oakland got this inspiration.
“I go into the bathroom, lock the door, leave the light off and stand in the dark until I can see my hands. When I walk back out of the bathroom, I’ve noticed my body has relaxed including my eyeballs. My vision is much wider taking in more peripheral visual data than before I went into the bathroom.”

The Climb song/video

Listen to Miley Cyrus’ pop version encouraging the same idea in “The Climb”

A Blessing: Where I Live Now poem
by Rita Otis, spiritual director, InterPlayer, from Nebraska at the Secrets of InterPlay in Des Moines, IA

Perhaps up north it would be said latitude and longitude.
Said with a “tude” of an attitude.
But in my postmenopausal glacial slide,
Carving out lakes with my breasts
To be filled with the milk of human kindness,
Rounding out around the earth
To summersault into the saline bath of ocean;
I land in lanquitude and loungetude.

Raise a hand in blessing movement

When we dance hand-to-hand we often practice opening the space between us. We can feel that connection even when we aren’t right together. Ahhhhh….Raise a hand in blessing. Receive rather than send it today.

Listen to Come and Play by James Shattauer while you dance.

Take a deep Breath and Let it out with a Sigh.


Blessed Imperfection

October 8, 2009
Buddha in grass in Colorado

Buddha in the grass in Colorado

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Blessed Imperfection

Consider perfection video

If I Didn’t have to do it Perfectly poem

Struggle with imperfections? practice

Raise a hand in blessing movement

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Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh….

“The best way to increase happiness, is to lower your expectations.”
—Phil Porter

Consider perfection video
Outward perfection has its cost. Professional dancers nurse injuries, sustain grueling schedules, and fight to rise to the top. Perfect? Yet how they inspire us!

If I Didn’t have to do it Perfectly poem
by Billie Mazzei (Seattle InterPlayer)

If I didn’t have to do it perfectly,
I would be a ballet dancer.
When I think about it,
it makes me laugh.
I see the pink elephants
in their little tutus,
dancing in Disney’s Fantasia.
When I stop laughing
I go inside
where the music begins

and I start to dance.

Slowly,
tentatively at first,
then more boldly
with grace and confidence.
I whirl and twirl on pointe.
I leap and glide.
The music swells to a crescendo.
I am overcome by the glory of it
and the way my body responds.
There is no audience
and no need for one.

Every fiber of my being applauds

Struggle with imperfections? practice

Look for the good, affirm it

In your body…

In your loved ones…

In your work and play…

Why not make a song out of it? “I am grateful for…..”

Enjoy the present, That’s where a bigger perfection plays.

Raise a hand in blessing movement

When we dance hand-to-hand we often practice opening the space between us. We can feel that connection even when we aren’t right together. Raise a hand in blessing. Turn in a full circle (or not) and know that others are sending blessings to you too.

Listen to Simon Gray’s wonderful song Freedom to Love about improvising while you dance.

Take a deep Breath and Let it out with a Sigh.


Baby Yourself

October 1, 2009
Lilli-Annegret Zanders daughter (InterPlay Germany)

Meet Lilli, Annegret Zander's daughter (InterPlay Germany)

Friday Morning Virtual InterPlay: Baby Yourself

Baby Yourself body wisdom

Baby Dance videos

How to be a babe practices

Raise a hand in blessing movement

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Take a deep breath… let it out with a sigh

Baby Yourself Body Wisdom

Babies occupy a spongy hang, alive zone. Not much obstructs their immediate connection. Maria Montesori said, “Watching a child makes it obvious that the development of his or her mind comes about through movements….Mind and movement are parts of the same entity.” Turns out we don’t lose that part of ourselves.

Baby dance video video

Watch this baby go! Feel that joy and freedom? Want more? Here’s the top ten YouTube baby dances: http://mashable.com/2009/09/29/top-10-dancing-babies/

Want to be a babe? practices

Cuddle. Nap. Eat. Rock out. Learn. Direct, immediate, simple, kinesthetic connection with the world puts us in the moment, elevates our mood, and keeps us humble and real. (Babies have limits!) Move beyond watching and reflecting…

Bummed? Bounce, baby.

Clogged up? Get out your keys and rattle.

Cranky? Whine, roll on the floor, nap.

Bored? Follow something or someone fun.

Tense? Give yourself a good squeeze.

Zapped? Get contact and quiet.

Ornery? Channel your exuberant baby and go for something.

Raise a hand in blessing movement

When we dance hand-to-hand we often practice opening the space between us. We can feel that connection even when we aren’t right together. Raise a hand in blessing. Turn in a full circle (or not) and know that others are sending blessings to you too.

Listen to Come and Play by James Shattauer while you dance.

Take a deep Breath and Let it out with a Sigh.

Learn more about Minnesota InterPlayer James Schattauer at his website: Bigheartcreations.com

Note: Frank Forencich author of The Exuberant Animal Playbook: Secret Moves and Games of the Play Masters and InterPlay are on the same team! Check out http://www.Exuberantanimal.com website, community, and November conference.