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Our Tension Matrix

Every person has their ways of storing tension. After a while the tension becomes pain or a troubled system like digestion. We often ignore the discomfort allowing it to get worse or confronted it with massage, medication, or a vacation.

There are many other ways of dealing with tension. I prefer to change my habitual ways of responding to stress. The three most powerful ways of changing the way I think, feel, and act are through the study of dance, music, meditation, and prayer.

(Each of these rewire the signal networks and manage the energy flow through the body, intention and thought processes.)

A favorite tension matrix for accumulating stress begins at the spine between the shoulder blades and goes up into the head. We experience grabbing sensations in the shoulders, chest, neck, and jaw.

I feel this gathering of tension when I concentrate on a project and grab with my facial and eye muscles. These tensions call on my upper body to join in the fun, and there I have it, lingering tension.

My mentors deal with tension by waking up the energy flows in the entire body. Using the help of the arts and meditation, dancers and musicians rewire the networks connecting intention, emotion, thought, and the body.

This upper body tension matrix gives way to changing the energy flow. Piano players concentrate the energy flow through their upper torso into their fingers. The agile changes of focus on musical melody and rhythm relieve the tension.

Singers connect the energy of breathing with openings of the inner cavities of the throat and the soft palate. This openness of energy flow combined with vibration in the head seal the experience of refocusing the stress.

The disciplines of meditation and prayer have ways of altering energy flow using different brain waves. These affect the entire body and open up centers of focus like the “third eye” at the middle of the forehead.

Dancers have a comprehensive approach to combining all the benefits of these disciplines plus a detailed study of energy flow through the various human networks.
Tim Hurst 05/18/18

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Ashe Arts: The Process

Presented by Ashe Arts

April 21st & 22nd

AISD Performing Arts

Ashe Arts: the dynamic new theatre company focused on telling stories from the African Diaspora is proud to present a new and exciting theatre event. “The Process” is a unique experience offering a peek behind the curtain of the creative process with narration from the artistic directors: Sadé M Jones and Zell Miller, III. Experience multi-genre event with beautiful movement and powerful theatre using the “The Jazz Aesthetic”. Discover the beginning motivations of these two directors and what inspires them to use these methods to create a new and awe-inspiring genre of theatre. Celebrate the up-and-coming artists of color! 2-night event ONLY! $20 genral admission @ the door.

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Mirando Hacia Arriba (Looking Up)

Chamacos Dance Company

April 20th – 22nd

Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center

“Looking up” is the new collaborative project between Aurelio Planes, Chamacos Dance Company and ProyectoTeatro. This project utilizes Cuban contemporary dance to explore a new vision of the human experience inspired by the apocalypse. Dancers embodying community endure a cruel and visceral confrontation against the four horseman whom have arrived to end life. This timeless physical confrontation pulls us into a space beyond the body, where generational cycles force us to reflect on our role as human beings in society.

This project was created with a musical selection of international icons that span different eras and different time periods.

Choreography by: Aurelio Planes

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Chiropractic dance feet

Chiropractic releases the body to keep building health and ease of movement. Dr. Butera of Austin says: “No matter what level the dancer is at… when they have an injury we must go back to these fundamentals to correct, modify and strengthen. The foundation of the dancer begins at the feet. That precious balance must be solid and dependable for any work to be successful. The connection of the foot to core work may not seem obvious to the novice but remains the hallmark of any great dancer. The arch support, flexibility and strength of the foot determines the action of the entire body in both balance and motion.”
Http://www.drbutera.com.