sprouting and budding styles

Posted by on January 26, 2011 in momo butoh company nature dance soul rumi anais nin maureen freehill momo | 3 comments



“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” Anaïs Nin

On our walk today I was soulfully moved by seeing how so much of the plant life was beginning to awaken… with small buds appearing on branches and shoots breaking through the soul. (In re-reading realized the typo – should be soil… or not… perhaps earth soul :~)
I could envision the stirring of new growth in the darkness of the earth-womb and the restlessness of the young leaves on the edges of the branches beginning to poke their faces out into the warmth of the light – some not quite ready to bare themselves – the shy leaves of the willows wearing their fuzzy coats…
As we entered a field I felt I wanted to use the open space to do this spontaneous dance exploration of the idea of connecting to the plants as well as my own inner exuberance for the arrival of an early spring… We have been dancing with the idea of ‘styles’ this last month with Momobutoh Company, and I was inspired by Rev and Momo’s dance study of ‘styles’ – working with different ways of movement.
I was thinking of how all the different plants ‘move (dance)’ into new life and growth – each unique and different in their ‘style.’
What also came to mind was a poem that was shared by a mutual friend of Momo and mine last week at our full moon gathering… I could imagine all the young life of our plant relatives laughing, singing and chatting amongst themselves and perhaps even to us, if we had the ears to hear them… celebrating such an early arrival of spring-like weather.
The Music We Are
Did you hear that winter is over? The basil
and the carnations cannot control their
laughter. The nightingale, back from his
wandering, has been made singing master
over the birds. The trees reach out their
congratulations. The soul goes dancing
through the king’s doorway. Anemones blush
because they have seen the rose naked.
Spring, the only fair judge, walks in the
courtroom, and several December thieves steal
away. Last year’s miracles will soon be
forgotten. New creatures whirl in from non-
existence, galaxies scattered around their
feet. Have you met them? … A feast is set. Listen: the
wind is pouring wine! Love used to hide
inside images: no more! The orchard hangs
out its lanterns. The dead come stumbling by
in shrouds. Nothing can stay bound or be
imprisoned. You say, “End this poem here,
and wait for what’s next.” I will. Poems
are rough notations for the music we are.
Rumi
Later this evening, in reviewing this film, I was seeing how much more there is to explore with this idea of embodying the styles of sprouting and budding… I feel inspired to dance this exploration of sprouting and budding ‘styles’ again – but, would love to have you join me! Where are you in the life-cycle / season of the plants… are you beginning to bud – to feel the exuberance of spring?
It is a joy to be able to witness the dance of others in our company… thank you all for your inspiration… I look forward to seeing dances from those of you who haven’t posted in a little while…. missing you!
Music: Satowa
Filmed by Brooke

3 Comments

  1. thank you lee for dancing with us; sharing your freestyle!
    i think day by day we evolve and adapt and flow dynamically.
    you have demonstrated that so well in both your dance and your prose…the inspiration is mutual ☺

  2. thank you, rev…
    with many inner critics, i continue to post, anyway :~)
    i appreciate your words… each dance is an opportunity, a door to open into new realms of experiencing self through dance expression and i am grateful for this practice of exploration…

  3. beautiful, lee.
    WORDS and IMAGES
    filling me
    thank you!

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