Our work is committed to the exploration and application of movement, dance, and art as a healing and educational force. We draw from the wisdom of the body and the creativity of the imagination as sources for authentic expression, artful communication, and transformation. Our tools, therefore, help individuals explore the ways in which personal expression can lead to a more embodied, compassionate, and creative world where art as a healing force is fostered.
We live in and through our bodies. The body contains and reveals our entire life experience. It is through the body that our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual levels become connected. It is through the body that we can come to know ourselves and the world. Expression, healing, change, transformation are acts of embodiment. What wisdom do our bodies hold?
Movement is the primary language of the body. It is in movement that we express our personality, our conditioning and can discover new resources. Movement channels feeling and evokes feeling. Movement takes us inward to our interior experiences and outward to express our experiences in space and with others. As our movement repertoire enlarges, so does our emotional and imaginal repertoire. All of life is movement, everything in our universe moves. Everyone moves, If we say that all movement is like a dance and that everyone is a dancer, what are the dances that our souls call for?
We give voice to our experiences, creating the sounds to accompany our dances. The sound of an image or feeling, and the voice of the group in harmony and disharmony, all give rise to greater understanding. If our body could speak, what would it say? If our drawings could sing, what would we hear?
The practice of placing pigment on paper challenges us to grapple with the stories that shape our inner and outer worlds. Drawing holds the memory of movements and feelings after they have vanished from time and space. They are gifts from our imagination. What are the colours, shapes, textures, and symbols of our imagination? What will be drawn out? What wants to land on the page?
As we find and shape our words, we become storytellers and poets of our individual and collective stories. What do we say, how do we say it, and what narratives do we create? Finding the words, speaking them, and writing them brings aesthetics back into our language.
Learning to play, seriously, intensely, spontaneously, taking risks, experimenting, committing to what’s happening, being fully in the moment, letting go of judgements and attachment to an outcome. We stay open, willing to be surprised, nothing is a mistake, everything becomes workable and we work creatively with whatever comes up. Spontaneous, unknown play, what will happen?
Is a metaphor for coming forward, coming out, being seen, communicating with others with all of our senses. We meet stage fright and excitement, our inhibitions and breakthroughs, meeting the eyes of the world, connecting the personal story with the collective story. Can we stay present and authentic? How are the witnesses moved?
We explore the meaning behind our discoveries. What is my art telling me? What does your art evoke in me? How is it connected to my life? What am I learning? What would I like to do differently? What’s in the way? What are the available resources? How can we live artfully in our relations and in our communities?