whose style?

Posted by on February 1, 2011 in butoh, dance, maureen freehill, momobutoh company, style, styles | 2 comments


“Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it ‘the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.'”
Edgar Allan Poe

While walking on this clear but very chilly evening just before sunset, I came across an abandoned building in the park that was ‘trapping’ the warmth and golden light of the sun. As I approached the building, a fallen sumac branch was laying on the grass, and my first thought was to do a spontaneous dance of connection to other via this stick… dancing ‘stick style.’


In viewing the film later, I realized how much assimilation there is, unconsciously, of other dancer’s styles simply by witnessing them – I could see moments of Momo, Misty, Carolyn, Rev, Melinda… within this short dance attempt of dancing ‘free-style.’
I could appreciate so much Patricia’s ‘copy-cat style’ post (here) – and through this embodied practice I was able to witness how I am a conglomerate of what I view… This made me think that, potentially, how we are also made up of what we hear, what we touch, what we taste, and what we smell and how that all that we bring into our beings through our senses becomes part of us and can directly affect our ‘style’ and what is expressed outwardly….
Feeling grateful for this practice of connection with you all! Appreciate those that may be viewing our blog collaboration – and hope that you may be be inspired to join us!
Music: Satowa

2 Comments

  1. WOW…
    i am awe inspired…
    so grateful for this dance, and the filling of connection it gives me to all of us as a whole.
    LOVE.

  2. The sun and sharp shadows really work to intensify this piece. I'm digging how the sticks work to stiffen, ground, and extend the movement. Clickety clackety!

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