Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Ellsworth Kelly

"Making art has first of all to do with honesty. My first lesson was to see objectively, to erase all ‘meaning’ of the thing seen. Then only, could the real meaning of it be understood and felt."

--Ellsworth Kelly

About reasons to be a mover

"I think that one of the reasons I got involved in dance
is to finish my movement development.
Because I have a hunger to find,
and to finish,
and to explore,
to do essentially what babies do when they begin to move.
A hunger to find out more of what movement is or can be.
I think it provides a service to keep the search alive
in a culture,
which has engineered an environment which requires physical and sensorial suppression to exist in.
Most of the people who study dance aren’t ambitious to be dancers, in fact.
Or aren’t serious about that ambition.
I think they’re trying to complete physicality
that gets messed up by sitting for 12 years in school, or longer.
Essentially, urban civilization has cut off from movement and sensorial development which would occur in a natural environment.
I mean the sense of smell is leaving.
The sense of sight is rigidly controlled by readings,
by television,
by school,
by signage,
by words everywhere in the city.
In fact there are many kinds of of control or implicit visual message
about how to interact with the city.
Here there is more neon than nuance.
Food is advertised rather than hunted for.
Entertainment becomes divorced from ingenuity.
I’m not complaining because it is about 15,000 years too late to change direction.
I have found the cities very interesting places,
but when I return to the country I am struck by the difference in what is required by the senses.
It is appalling how we disuse the body.
Dance remind us about that.
Dance explores some of the physical possibilities.
Dance refocuses our focusing mind on very basic existence,
and time, space, gravity, open up to creativity.
This seems to me a reminder of nature, of our natures,
and as such it provides a service to us in our physical doldrums.
It is a wakeup call to deadened urbanites,
a stimulus, to work-habituated bodies,
a promise to developing children …
Even those country folk who cope with their natural environment
use their bodiies more and more often
fall into a routine and mold their bodies into tools
from which creativity has departed
dance will remind them of their feet, their spines, their reach
I think its good for us"

"sometimes the questions are complicated and the answers are simple"

- Theodor Seuss Geisel

we create who we are

Nicole Krauss: We create who we are from Louisiana Channel on Vimeo.

Monday, 29 September 2014

Celia Edefalk

Celia Edefalk

Trisha Brown

Trisha Brown's movement investigations (both in her dance and visual art practices) found the extraordinary in the everyday and challenged existing perceptions of what constitutes performance. Her work always leaves me with the desire to move and explore. Priceless. I highly recommend exploring her lifes work.

-- Miranda July


From lastnightsreading

Thursday, 25 September 2014


Attitude of Gratitude

Head over to The Sphinx and The Milky Way and read this beautiful piece on gratitude. It made me cry.

"I think a lot about gratitude. It’s easy for us to have it when we are doing something that brings us great joy, or comfort: when we are with a friend who make us laugh, when we receive good news that alleviates worry, when we are in the presence and beauty of nature. But, what about all the other times, times that are challenging, and full of more difficult feelings like pain and sadness. And even times when the unthinkable happens, like when the person we love most in our life dies.

It leaves me wondering - Do we abandon gratitude during the times when we might need it the most?" 
-- Lauren Spencer King

(image from junglewizz)

If this isn't nice, what is?

"One of the things (Uncle Alex) found objectionable about human beings was that they so rarely noticed it when they were happy. He himself did his best to acknowledge it when times were sweet. We could be drinking lemonade in the shade of the apple tree in the summertime, and Uncle Alex would interrupt the conversation to say, "If this isn't nice, what is?"  
So I hope that you will do the same for the rest of your lives. When things are going sweetly and peacefully, please pause a moment, and then say out loud, "If this isn't nice, what is?" 

From a commencement speech by Kurt Vonnegut

"She"s stuck I"m not Stuck I"m waiting."

Cycle of a Sari from Legs Hernandez on Vimeo.

Wish I could have seen this!

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Embracing the Rain

“Make sure to have a moment of self-reflection in an undisturbed puddle” 
Words by Taylor Stark Photographs by Marcus Møller Bitsch for Kinfolk Magazine

When it rains, it pours. And during these extreme weather days, that means a lot! Here are some ideas for rainy-day activities indoors and out.  
As the long summer shifts into fall, we welcome not only the turning leaves, but also a change in weather. With perpetual sunshine behind us (well, for some of us), we must embrace the crisp air and the coming rain with full force. The right attitude and rainy-day adventures can be the best way to welcome this new season. We have a few suggestions on how to make the most of your next storm....

Take a Stroll
We’ve been fooled in thinking that rainy days mean we must lock ourselves in our houses until the sun comes out. There’s something wonderful about taking a stroll through the park or any natural space in the rain. The key here is to be prepared. First, have an umbrella on hand at home. Secondly, expect to get wet. Oftentimes we dread walking through the rain because we are on our way to work or to meet a friend and we want to look presentable. Instead, the goal isn’t dryness, but rather to experience the beauty of nature through the lens of precipitation. Don’t forget to stick your tongue out to catch some raindrops before heading back indoors.

 Puddle Jump
There aren’t many aspects of potholes to be praised. But when it rains, these traffic maladies turn into glorious pools of amusement. After a steady downpour, slip on pair of Wellies and take to the streets. Jump from puddle to puddle trying to make the biggest splash. Don’t be afraid to bring a partner in crime along to try some cool tricks or to sing songs as you hop around. Before you head back inside, make sure to have a moment of self-reflection in an undisturbed puddle.

 Feed Your Creative Spirit
Gray skies and rainy days bring along an insightful mood. Take the time to feed your contemplation and creativity, no matter what form it might take. For those seeking rest, cuddle up with a book by the fire. For those seeking to make and express, paint, write a letter, journal or simply draw stick figures on foggy windowpanes.

Take a Breath
Right after the downpour has ceased and you have made the most of your rainy day, indoors or out, step outside your front door and take a deep breath. Few things compare to the smell that follows a good rain.

(read the rest here)

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Alma Thomas

"I have always enjoyed the progressive creativeness of the artist as he releases himself from the past.  He gives new, exciting expressions through experiences from this rapidly changing world of science, economics, religion, society, and new materials…through my impressions of nature and the space program I hoped to impart beauty, joy, love and peace."

--Alma Thomas

“No matter where I go, I’m still holding up a mirror.”

Gustaw Herling

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

(Image found here)

Ettore Spalletti

Yes, the colour, as it shifts, occupies the space and we enter. The frame that delimited the space is no longer there. Taking it away, the colour takes on the space and invades the space. And when this happens, it’s miraculous. 

--Ettore Spalletti, 2006
Libra: This week does not have to be such a big week; this week does not have to bear all the weight of the past and the future, and it does not have to bear the weight of all of your secret dreams. This week, try to give yourself a moment to rest. Take a bath, take a day off, take a minute to watch the sky. You’ve survived so many things already, and all you have to do this week is be very good to other people. All you have to do this week is be kind.

-- Madame Clairevoyant

Recommended Read

John Berger: And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photo

I have just finished reading this, for the second time, and i recommend it highly!

It is a very sensitive, poetic book. A reflection on time and space, in relation to love, pulled together by poetry, essays, reviews and's so hard to describe you need to read it!

It's definitely the most beautiful meditation on love I've come across thus far.

images from here.

(image found here)


[ri-flek-shuh n]

1. the act of reflecting or the state of being reflected.
2. an image; representation; counterpart.
3. a fixing of the thoughts on something; careful consideration.
4. a thought occurring in consideration or meditation.
5. an unfavorable remark or observation.
6. the casting of some imputation or reproach.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Saturday Poem

give your daughters difficult names. 
give your daughters names that command the full use of tongue. 
my name makes you want to tell me the truth. 
my name doesn’t allow me to trust anyone that cannot pronounce it right.

― Warsan Shire

Saturday Cartoon

"Imperfect moments linked together to a less imperfect flow. Thats the nature of flow - it makes us a bit better." - Ido Portal

Thursday, 18 September 2014

'the task in hand'

"She felt panic. She had with some pain cleared this small space and time to think in and now thought seemed impossible. She remembered from what now seemed the astonishing free and spacious days of her education the phenomenon of the first day's work on a task. One had to peel one's mind from its run of preoccupations: coffee to buy, am I in love, the yellow dress needs cleaning, Tim is unhappy, what is wrong with Marcus, how shall I live my life? It took time before the task in hand seemed possible, and more still before it became imperative and obsessive. There had to be a time before thought, a woolgathering time when nothing happened, a time of yawning, of wandering eyes and feet, of reluctance to do what would finally become delightful and energetic."

A.S. Byatt, Still Life.

Imperfect Detachment by James Balmforth

The Art of Improvisation

When it comes to my own movement practice, be it yoga asana, climbing, dance, making things or going out for a run, the holy grail is improvisation. Ido Portal is a big advocate of this and it's his 'Three I's' that have inspired me here....I've added the first I...

What do you need from your practice right now?
Regardless of what you actually do, if your practice is an expression of what is alive in you now, that practice will help you stay present during your time on the mat. That experience can serve as a model for practicing presence all day long. It will also satisfy you and thus help give you the impetus to practice again tomorrow. If you force yourself to practice because you think you should, because you didn't yesterday, or for any other more external reason, even the most technically polished poses will not answer your inner need for ease and wholeness

Break down the patterns that make up the shape you are working towards, or the area of practice strength/flexibility/ease of movement that you want to work on.
Isolating the basic movement patterns and practicing them with care is like taking a daily shower. These movements will always be useful and will keep your system open and mobile.
Start to combine those basic actions by creating simple sequences that helps you address your movement patterns or the components of the particular posture you are working towards.
Uneducated improvisation is disconcerting: beginner dancers attacking an irish jig, your housemates experimental cocktail you are still trying to forget...Good improvisation is usually (there can be exceptions) grounded in strict theory that becomes plient when mixed with a little creativity. You have to know the technique behind what you are trying to do, then depart from it.
Once you learn how the big patterned movements work together in your body and where your limitations are you can start to improvise with sequences. What this means to you depends on the movement qualities you have developed and what you are working on now. It’s a personal thing. Everyone moves differently.
Work on finding that connection with the parts of you that meet the ground. When well grounded we may be still but the slightest impulse can initiate movement and breathing can adjust appropriately. Any unhelpful tension will stiffen us, fix the breath and take away the potential for free movement away.
Keep yourself in motion, keep working—this practice won’t give up anything easily, but it will reward your work and your curiosity and your commitment.
Take inspiration and instruction from class, ofcourse, but balance that with some healthy questioning of what you are told. You have as much intuition, self-awareness and self-knowledge as the next person. Use it. Trust your self! You are looking for freedom, not someone else’s idea of how your body should move. 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014


(n.) (v.phr.) "to repair with gold"

I like Kintsugi's simple lesson, that it's possible to start over.

where does it hurt?

later that night
i held an atlas in my lap
ran my fingers across the whole world
and whispered
where does it hurt?

it answered

 ― Warsan Shire


(n.) (v.phr.) "to repair with gold"

I like Kintsugi's simple lesson, that it's possible to start over.