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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seven seven eleven moon

“Heart is like the moon. Don’t keep sorrows in it. Cast them off in waters deep.” Rumi After spending a few days alone in my childhood home one month to the day after my Dad passed (7/7/11), I could feel his presence as I left. Unexpectedly, the motion detector lights at the far end of the house turned on mysteriously as I was packing up my car. I was reminded of the ritual Dad and I had of him standing at the door,...

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flying into the cosmos

last night’s sliver moon was held in the mauve twilight sky above the silhouetted north shore mountains… has time stopped? days have become hours… hours have become minutes… just this… holding my father’s hand, stroking his forehead, face to face with impermanence… the challenge of surrendering to the unknown with trust, boundless love, forgiveness, and gratitude.. breathing in, breathing out…...

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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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Dreams of Seasons Passed

This post is dedicated to this dreamy dancing life and some key performances that have arisen from soul, imagination and sensation during the past 5 moons (except Memorial Dance which was a homage to WW II veteran Kazuo Ohno presented on 5/31/10 with live video released publicly on 6/1/11 in memory of sensei’s passing 1 year ago). Memorial Dance was performed at Langley Middle School as part of the poetry of veterans shared for VRC Annual...

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