desert weave dance

Posted by on October 8, 2011 in Butoh Blog, cosmos, creation story, dance, dance nature, desert, father, grandmother spider, hat, improv, momobutoh dance company, sky, soul | 1 comment

For a Father
The longer we live,
The more of your presence
We find, laid down
Weave upon weave
Within our lives.
John O’Donohue
In the Yakima Canyon I was inspired to dance spontaneously wearing my recently passed father’s hat (circa 1940’s), embodying my inner feeling tones amongst the stark surroundings – barren but filled with light. I adore the desert landscapes as it is a place of wide open spaces that allows for such a feeling of connection to that which is greater than ourselves.
Wearing his woven, wool, plaid hat, I was reflecting also on the First Nations story of how Grandmother Spider wove the web of life that interconnects all beings – animate and inanimate.

“When the Universe was still so dark that not even shadows could be seen in the night, Grandmother Spider sat in her web in the Sky World, waiting and watching. No one knows how old Grandmother Spider is, or how long she sat waiting for the Universal Mind to awaken. But, every Creature Being who has ever lived knows her song and dance as the weaver of the Web of Life.
From her web, Grandmother Spider observed the first thoughts as the Universal Mind awakened from the dream… Grandmother Spider took a very deep breath and softly began to sing her weaving song while she danced across the Sky. As she spun her thread, Grandmother Spider envisioned the Web of Life.
Dancing with the colored light, shadows came into being as the darkness took form. More thoughts flowed from the Universal Mind, entered through the Doorway of the Seven Stars, and took their places in the Sky World. These became more stars, suns and planets. Then, many other thoughts entered the Universe, each one taking a specific place according to the universal dream of harmony.
Each thought was a spirit essence who dreamed an individual dream for manifesting life. Grandmother Spider spun her web around each new energy being and the Universal Web of Life shimmered in the reflection of Great Mystery’s light.”
Told by Susun Weed

Dancing with so much gratitude in my being for the beauty of our Mama Earth / Ocean home…
Music: Philip Glass

1 Comment

  1. Thank you for sharing this story and dance. I understand what you mean about wide open spaces and the feelings they evoke.

    (And yay! I can post comments again!)

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