Monday, July 6, 2009

In process: What's the rush? (post 1 - Sarah Lochhead)

I just got home from a lovely Yoga class. Yes, I find it is great for flexibility and strength but my personal practice is focused on quieting the mind ... slowing down. Our performances are not that far off so as you can imagine there are many things to get done inside and outside of the studio.

Everyday feels like a battle between deadlines, wants, needs, hours in the day, bus schedules, delays, traffic, sleep, desire for sleep and productivity. Quick, fast, simple, time savers = money saved, zip across town, zip back, all this in less than 60 seconds and for three easy installments of $29.95. Call now and get you'll receive a second item for no additional charge but wait there's more! ... there's more ... MUCH MORE ... like rest ... quiet time with a good book ... quiet time to do nothing.

On Sunday we mapped out our final piece of repertoire for "Get out and dance" as a structured improvisation with some elements of set choreography. What's the rush? draws on gestures of passersby and structures in our surrounding environment.
One section involves very slow movements as we stretch time so every second is represented as thirty seconds of movement. Brittany-Brie commented on how this pace will likely stand out more with the backdrop of the busy city streets.

The underlying push and pull between work and play, relationships and responsibilities, passions and paycheques will continue on. By taking the time to explore them in our work
I feel like there is somehow a bit more space for them to coexist in harmonious tension.

"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is."

-C.S. Lewis

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