Spontaneous Dreams Dancing Freely & Fleetingly

You know how when you just wake up and know you have been dreaming but can not quite recall what? This happens to me A LOT. I often miss being able to have & hold the richness of this dream material as enjoyment, insight, material for creative inspiration and contemplation. There are lots of folks that will teach you how to recall night dreams more easily, and what do DO with them when you do. But that is not what happened this past week....

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SOMA Songs

Voice and song are the newest conscious layers to  DailyDance practice at Butopia. This month I entered the space of SOMA (Sanctuary of Moving Arts) and/or the LAND here at Butopia seeking specific teachings and to deepen my relationship and understanding of our plant relatives. The trees have been especially strong. Alder, Douglas Fir, Cedar, Madrona and Yew have all shown up to dance and sing with me during December. Today Aloe Vera and Sea...

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Spawning Practice

“Butoh plays with time and also perspective….If we humans learn to see things from the perspective of an animal, an insect, even inanimate objects, the road trodden everyday is alive–we should value everything.” –Tatsumi Hijikata A surprise discovery on the wild Stehekin River–little Sockeye Kokanee Salmon are spawning freely! Such an inspiration in preparation for our 11/11/11 dance to honor the salmon...

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Meetings with Remarkable Beings

Each day holds opportunity to cultivate lasting connection, awareness and memories that can nourish and sustain us for a lifetime. This photo is of one of those precious meetings with my beloved Sensei Kazuo Ohno. We were in Venice Italy for his performance at the Biennale; just after this photo was taken pigeons landed on his shoulders and, as usual, he danced with delight and delicacy. Although butoh is often sourced from areas of stress,...

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Significant Plants & Animals

“Make me sweet again Fragrant and wild And thankful For any small thing.” -Rumi Our current theme is Plants & Animals so MomoButoh practice partner Patricia and I vowed to engage at least one Significant Plant &/or Animal relative each day in a butoh dance exchange. So far, so good. We have engaged with trees, humans, sticks, roots, snails, flowers, anemones, herons, whales and spiders among others. Each relative has a...

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