One World. One Time.

July 30, 2010

Leah Mann (Seattle) of Lelavision: Physical Music

*To Be Alive
*Ganga Giri Liveshow
*TAKE TIME
*MAKE TIME
*TOUCH TIMELESSNESS

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Take a deep breath. Let it out with a sigh……

*To Be Alive
To be alive: not just the carcass
But the spark.
That’s crudely put, but …
if we’re not supposed to dance,
Why all this music?
~ Gregory Orr ~ (Thanks to Carol Kassner from Seattle)

*Ganga Giri Liveshow
Let’s celebrate any time we get it together. Enjoy the Ganga Giri Liveshow:

Music and Movement get us there fastest. Even now we can—

*TAKE TIME:
InterPlay teaches the practice of “having.” Physically savor any experience.
Have it. Notice it. Let it go. Take twenty seconds (three deep breaths) to have your world.

*MAKE TIME:
Rhythm and music make time new. Get on a beat. Move to the dreamtime.
Rock, rattle, tap: a little repetition is all it takes.
Tap to this sample of Linda Breitag’s French Canadian Fiddle Le Forgeron
(Her album Feet to the Fire is available through InterPlay.)

*TOUCH TIMELESSNESS:
Eternity is here. Raise a hand to dance in synch with our one world. Breathe and move with one man and one Impossible Guitar, domini frasca. Dance on behalf of leaders and participants in the Next Gen Leaders Arts and Social Change Training Monday Aug 2- 13 at InterPlayce.

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

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You are welcome to attend August 4th 7:30 Wing It! performing on Oil and Water, August 6th 8-9pm The First Friday DOBO (Dance on Behalf Of) featuring Next Gen participants, Aug 11th InterPlay and Mindfulness 7-8:30, Next Gen Performance: August 12 7-8:30


Good Gravity

July 22, 2010

gravity-defying cat

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

“Get Down!” as James Brown sings-

“In the twenty-first century
You can dance
Get your feet off the ground

And if you believe
Then you can fly

Hit it, gravity, yow”

G-R-A-T-I-V-I-T-Y
*see lyrics below

Practices

Gravity—any more of it—we’d be pancakes.Less—we’d be on the moon.
When we get done in—gravity lays us down. Thank Goodness?

  • Gravity got you down? Use the InterPlay rule for floor work: “Just get up! Getting down is easy. Forget about looking good to get up. Just get up.”
  • Need more gravitas? Lie down or shake out your muscles for a lounge-arama during the length of the song below. Beautiful hang-dog images too!

Having gone from hoppin’ to chillin’—raise a hand in any direction to dance with playmates around the world connecting without doing much at all! Maybe you’ll sprout wings and fly.

Sabbath sprouting wings

by JoyAnna Hodges, Asheville Leader/Next Gen. participant

I will sit here     until I sprout wings
Rock on my knees, jam hands into earth, and wail
“come….savior….come”
I will soil my skin pounding the ground until
golden shoots rise from mud of blood and tears

I will grovel at your feet….until I sprout wings…
right out of my back

O human child, be ye not deceived:
the music on your ear
is beat and breath of unfurled feathers
swinging kingdom come.

Lyrics for “GRAVITY”:

In the twenty-first century
You can dance
Get your feet off the ground

And if you believe
Then you can fly

Hit it, gravity, yow

Heh, yeah, wait a minute
Lookie here

Gravity, the big G
G-r-a-v-i-t-y (gravity)
Say it, got a hold on me

For the third verse, the sun
I’ve been trying to get
The funky job done

Pull myself up
And work that ??
Don’t mess in the
Wrong honky tonk-a

You got no sense
You dance too fast
You burn all night
You’ll never last

If every man can dream
Then he can fly
G-r-a-v-i-t-y
Gravity, wow, big G

G-r-a-v-i-t-y
Gravity
G-r-a-v-i-t-y
Wait a minute

Slow it down, big city
There’s a fat cat here
Sitting pretty

Watch me break out
In a cold sweat
Jump back, baby
You ain’t seen nothing yet

You shake it up
You dance too fast
You think it will
Make it last

If every man can dream
Then he can fly
G-r-a-v-i-t-y

Gravity, the big G
(Gravity) oww
G-r-a-v-i-t-y, say it
Gravity, got a hold on me

Let me say that if
You can dream
Then you can fly
G-r-a-v-i-t-y

If you can love
Then you can fly
G-r-a-v-i-t-y
G-r-a-v-i-t-y
Good god

Gravity
G-r-a-v-i-t-y
Gravity, say it

Get funky, gravity
Everybody say it now
G-r-a-v-i-t-y
Gravity, ha


Real Life/Fake Opera

July 16, 2010
Susan Main belting it out!

Susan Main belting it out!

Fake Opera ala InterPlay
Ready to try ten seconds of Fake Opera?

Raise a hand in blessing

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

Life might as well be an opera. Over 30 members of the Opera Company of Philadelphia Chorus converged on the Reading Terminal Market Italian Festival in ordinary street clothes. Hundreds of delighted onlookers found themselves in the midst of an opera. 

Fake Opera ala InterPlay:

Good for exformation. Good to change the mood! Good for communicating about serious subjects, of course.

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh
Take a deep breath and on a long exhale let your face and voice squirm around.
For ten seconds squirm your voice with a high pitch. (fake soprano)
For ten seconds squirm your voice with low sounds. (fake bass)

Ready to try ten seconds of Fake Opera?

Take any insane, romantic, overly dramatic, or completely mundane situation in life and sing about it in a dramatic voice for up to ten seconds. This is more fun if you have an audience.
(Even Opera Guys like fake opera.)


Raise a hand in blessing

Raise a hand to dance the opera of connection with players worldwide while the conductor of Verdi’s La Traviata-Overture creates exquisite music for this moment.

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


Dont’chu Worry

July 2, 2010

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

Some say worry “is a prayer invoking that which we don’t want.” Worry is also the body saying, “The World Ain’t Safe.”

Outkast, America’s grammy award winning hip hop group from Georgia, dedicates Don’tchu Worry “Bout Me to all who are just trying to keep afloat. This youtube is steamy and stormy and real.

Phil says that there are at least 19 signs that your worry might need an escape hatch.

To keep worry from ruling the day we can practice

1) bowing to worry, shaking it out, taking deep breaths. Sighing……..

2) If there’s something you need to act on- Get help to take action -step by step with someone who breathes.

3) Get with people who aren’t worrying.

4) Imagine life after worry.

5) Let the muse move you like Denise, Aussie InterPlayer did.

Why Worry

Denise Winton

Strumming sweet chords
Knopfler sets the stage
and asks, “why worry now?”
in deep languorous voice.
She there, me here
held in the deep embrace
of two stuffed armchairs,
my raised arm moves
in rhythm, swaying with the chords.
She watches, raises a little arm
and mimics the dance,
eyes held, each of us smiles.
She flings toddler legs with ease
over rolled arms, towards me,
I mimic,
toes and feet dance,
hers, mine,
she, then me
leading and following,
keyboard notes rise and fall
“like sunshine after rain”
capturing this interplay,
No worries here
just spirits in the moment.

Pressed into the carpet
Two bodies entangled,
sixty years between.
Laughing, burying her head
in my stomach
she rolls, flops legs on my chest,
rolls, folds, upside down face
next to mine,
No worries here, as
Bodies blend, toddler perfect flesh
on Grandma’s ‘lived in’ and soft,
such sensual, fun,
“Sisters in Spirit” connection.

Oh, that I could
prolong
this delicious moment,
capture this dance
and hold it close.
I hear his voice
“Why worry now?” he croons
Low and reaching deep,
So I’ll play him again and again,
sink deeply in the chair,
slow and sensual,
and she’ll be two again
damp hair tousled
smiling, waiting, watching
for my hand to lead.

Raise a hand…

Lastly, raise a hand to the web of love around you, dance and offer gratitude as voice & cello pop duo Lise & Gertrud sing the Dire Straits song WHY WORRY NOW.

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

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