Dance for Masankho’s Wedding!

August 19, 2011

Take a deep breath and let it out with a sigh.  Shake out one hand. Shake out the other. Shake out whatever you are sitting on. Shake out your voice! Get ready to sing and dance!

Masankho, our InterPlay Ambassador of peace is getting married to his sweetheart Siphiwe Mathandalizwe Kandiero in Malawi Saturday August 20th!

Sing along on this Wedding Song composed by Minnesota InterPlayer James Shattauer (other credits below!)



See Masankho smiling on his wedding day
Suhpeewee is the reason that he feels this way

And they are dancing
And they are joyful
We are joining our hearts with them
Many miles away

And we are dancing
And we are joyful
We are joining our hearts with them
Many miles away—On their wedding day.

See Suhpeewee smiling on her wedding day
Masankho is the reason that she feels this way

And they are dancing
And they are joyful
We are joining our hearts with them
Many miles away

And we are dancing
And we are joyful
We are joining our hearts with them
Many miles away—On their wedding day.

On their wedding day (we are smiling)
On their wedding day (we are dancing)
On their wedding day (we are singing)
On their wedding day (we are joyful)

Repeat

We are joining our hearts with them
Many miles away—
On their wedding day eee yay eee yay
On their wedding day
On their wedding day eee yay eee yay
On their wedding day! (Repeat)

Lyrics/music by James Schattauer/guitarist
Recording, mixing, bass, percussion and drums: Marshall Davis, Davis Sound, Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Singers: Sage Lewis, Celia Swanson, Moo, Heather Kosar Baradan, Marty Roddy, James Schattauer, Louise Ouradnik.
Voice and Drum Jam: Marshall Davis, Maureen Davis and James Schattauer

Meet Siphiwe in this youtube made by Masankho and dance on behalf of courtly, respectful, mutual, romantic love and hope!

Say aloud this Wedding Poem by Kabir HelminskiLove is a Stranger” Threshold Books, 1993

May this marriage offer fruit and shade
like the date palm.
May this marriage be full of laughter,
our every day a day in paradise.
May this marriage be a sign of compassion,
a seal of happiness here and hereafter.
May this marriage have a fair face and a good name,
an omen as welcome
as the moon in a clear blue sky.
I am out of words to describe
how spirit mingles in this marriage.

Blow a big kiss to Masankho, Siphiwe, and their families in Malawi!

Leave a comment below to send them your wishes!



Walk Stop Follow Flap

August 12, 2011

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

On a trip to Antarctica,  Krista Harris connected with an adorable Adelie penguin by following it on the beach.

Penguins are constantly following each other, changing directions, experiencing moments of creative chaos, and then finding the group body again. Sometimes a single penguin approaches a group from an opposite direction, and the whole group does an about face and goes the opposite way following the new leader. It seems that they are saying to each other, “Where are we going? We don’t know. Why are we going this way? Because everyone else is. Hey! Let’s go this other way. Why? We don’t know why. Why not? Everyone else is going this way, I felt right at home amongst the penguins!

Following someone can be active, ecstatic, and lead to street improv like this! Check out the flaps at the end!


To connect with something Greater, Walk Stop Follow and get your FLAPS UP!

RAISING OUR ARMS is how people physically open to Bigger Things!
Open Your Flaps for a Few Moments and Take a Deep Breath!
Let it out with a sigh.
Let your heart and soul lift  in a revolutionary practice for ye previously unflappable yet daunted by “post modern” rationality and doom.

I do it at least once a day. Join me?

FLAPS UP! FLAPS DOWN! WALK STOP FOLLOW!


Deep Shape: Dance as Organizing

August 5, 2011

(Fourth in a series on the four movement patterns: Thrust, Hang, Swing, Shape.)

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

Meet Karin Frank, a 2011 next gen leader, a truly complex shaper!

 

Angeles Arrien, anthropologist, celebrates five shapes in her book, Signs of Life: Square. Circle, Triangle. Cross. Spiral. She suggests the relationship of each to process and change.

“The circle stands for wholeness and can be found in the Native American medicine wheel and Hawaiian Menehune rings. The cross symbolizes the process of relationship and integration. The spiral points to growth and evolution. It can be found in the spinning and weaving stories from all cultures. The square stands for stability, solidity, and security. It appeals to those who yearn for consistency. The triangle points to issues of self-discovery and revelation; it reveals an interest in goals, visions, and dreams.

On the other hand, our body is a conglomeration of beautiful, wild shapes. The center of every crazy shape invites balance, even if we can’t hold it for long.

Shape Meditation:

PRACTICE!

With one arm make a shape.
Make a series of shapes.
In a shape, notice space and stillness.
Shift shapes using quick moves, faster than the speed of the mind.
Stretch into shapes with muscle and breath.
Make grotesque shapes.
Shape to evoke sacred connection.

Dance with shape to meditate on organizing as an organism. If you have a partner move in shapes, complementary or not.

WISDOM:

Each body  is diversely organized and also coherent. Unity does not require ONE SHAPE! We do not have to Shape up or Ship out.  Unity requires interplaying with complex shapes and communal practices where people might Sit, Stand, Lie down, Dance.

Will today be a MONO MOVEMENT day? Or will numerous shapes emerge? Will your mind approve what your body craves?

Dance on behalf of all who are not yet free to move in easy complexity.