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Fractal Dance Poems

Fractals of my heart, I have many questions of you.
I have been dancing with you all these years. My mentor Deborah Hay guided me to you. We experienced you as the intelligence of every cell. I know myself as you, with our masterful curves forming beauty and ugliness beyond my imagination, beyond my ability to consciously create or imitate. Oh yes, my questions.

How is it that we know each other this well?
Are you the art of my life?
Are you instead the integral, the essence, the endless and simplest replication of myself?

What must it be for you to vary my kaliedascope every moment?
Am I that recognizable in any form? Or is it I that recognize?

I have wanted to ask for so long.
Do I send you the lines of chaos and the filigree of delight?
Rather is it that I open my gates to relished addictions that conflict my curved lines and you register them?

And finally for today at least, how is it that a simple addition or subtraction takes me a life time and yet you form my images long before a batting of my eye.
Tim Hurst 03/18/17

My Dear Fractal,
You can surely teach me of your filigree,
winding the hidden wave lengths of life.

I want to live as you live with minute variations
of spiral and helix and double helix in to “n” infinity.

I want to shape minute configurations into myself
willingly welcomed and cherished.

You know well my mind, a master at switching wave lengths yet
a known trickster in the realm of story telling.

You surely can teach me to live with unpremeditated conciseness
while monitoring for the nurture insisted for life.

Yes I suppose I will need to practice diligent courage to ride above the fresh challenges of each wave. And I may well need to consult with life itself for assistance.

Can you? Surely you can teach me.

Poem to My Fractals
If I took a curve with a deviation by loop or spiral,
And if I repeated a deviation on every edge of the remaining curves,
Then the melody would be a filigree
Worthy of any mosque or scroll, any India quarter-tone sonority.

For my self, a flight through the trees would bathe my eyes
In deviations of intimate and distant flickerings of light
From leaf edges large and small.

My cells would bathe in the multiplying fractals refreshing love beyond my only hopes.
Tim Hurst. 07/13/17

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Dance a Fractal

A fractal is a pathway, a shape the reveals an experience of nature’s beauty as both simple and complex, as direct and intricate.

As a dancer, movement can follow a line or a curve. Since dance is a unique study of the curve, how do we express a fractal. A simple curve gives way to a loop within the curve. Repeating this refreshed pattern gives way to another loop within the loop. The variation continues until a simple curve refreshes itself with all the experience of the previous fractal.

The improvisational dancer is familiar with following one movement that builds upon another. The surrender to the fractal image is allowing loops to recur and vary with every curved movement of any part of the body. The variations then can involve every direction and every level of intensity or color to name only a few possibilities.

Loops upon loops, circles upon spirals, all reveal pathways and different levels of experience.

With the dancer, every part of the body can create a fractal dance, each unique with contrapuntal melodies and interplaying rhythms.
Tim Hurst 08/21/17

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Dancing Fractals

Dancing Fractals 071617. Tim Hurst
Dancing like fractals builds from the simplest premise of a curve and a line.

Dance is the study of this process beginning with simplicity and adding variation. Like the fractal, a curve within a curve creates an alternate contour, an alternate sequence. Movement looked at as an entire network of contours means a new reality is created. A new equation emerges that can be applied to an intricate series of variations.

So dance like the fractal plays with the new contour of one curve substituted for a part of a simple curve or line. Within the new contour, another curve is substituted creating another contour. This process is continued creating an intricacy that we experience as beauty and as a representation of the complexity of life beginning from a recurring simplicity.

Dance is the process of creating these representations of the self and the group. The basic principles of these representations are first the contours that we call melody and second the breaking apart of the contours that we call rhythm.

The dance process from simple to intricate creates the contours and rhythms that permeate all levels of human experience. The representations created through dance variations are integrated down to the cellular level. We have access to these representations that we can experience as networks.

To these networks we can add variations and begin our creation of other fractals of intricacy and beauty. Our experience of life as beauty is the awe of being able to see our part in this process. Gratitude is one response to this awe. Another response is the benefits of survival.

Dance builds from these moments of awe with anticipation of more life, more variation, and more representations of the intricacies on our interconnected networks. The melodies and rhythms of our fractals become palpable both as an individual and a group. We can see ourselves and grasp how simple variations build us a humans.

There are two different responses to the growing anticipation and creation of fractals. From gratitude comes vulnerability and receptiveness. From seeking the benefits of survival comes ambition to perfect the intricacies of melodic and rhythmic bonds.
Tim Hurst 07/16/17

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Dancing Fractals Process

Looking at both dancing and fractals as contours of movement and rhythmic variations, they both become representations of our experience. They both create a kind of equation that can be applied across our entire experience. They both give us access to our experience so we can add further variation representing our evolving experience.

How does this process work? First is the experience of a curve or a line that we understand enough to make a simple variation. In the creative arts, the artist begins with a simple experience that is possible to understand as a person physically, emotionally, intellectually, and intentionally. In a similar process, the scientist creates an hypothesis that can be understood and varied. Both create a representation that gives perspective on experience and can be varied.

One of the simplest ways to understand variation is as a binary process. With dance as with music the contour is a melody. Many binary variations affect a melody and rhythm. For melody the choices are more or less. With rhythm the basic variations are long or short.

Binary variations become basic units of memory that can be networked to recreate the simplest and the most intricate fractal representations of multiple variations.

Binary variations become elements of focus on the micro and the macro view, elements of perceiving and responding to internal and external information, elements of the receptive process to anticipate and integrate experience, elements of the intentional process to enter an experience with courage and likewise release the experience to our unknown parasympathetic experience.
Tim Hurst. 07/16/17