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Gaga Dance Imagery

Gaga Workshop with Omri Drumlevich, Austin, Tx, 040817, Presented by AMARTS.

I am so excited that the signal is a primary image of Gaga. The familiar dance explanation of the dance signal is to send energy through the body. With an extraordinary perspective, Gaga brings an urgency to going further with each image.

I can only attempt to paraphrase Omri’s words.
“The images I am giving you are not movements. They are more physical than movements. They are the unseen parts of the movements. They are everything that makes up the movement.”

“I am not asking you to create a metaphor that you think about and do. You pay attention to the experience of this image coming into you, how it feels, the emotion. The movement is your playing with the image to go further into the experience.”

The signal is a multi-level experience of sending and receiving.

The urgency for me is to know the places the image touches me and to live that part of me in clear statements of myself today. Tomorrow I will discover more.
Tim Hurst. 04/12/17

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Experiment Brightness

I want to experience the brightness of the dancer when everything is engaged. There is a quality of expectation within a centered energy. Every moment seems fresh.

My experience of this brightness is anticipation of each moment like the experience of a roller coaster just before the first curve downwards. There is a moment of curiosity at the peak of the curve before the momentum and full attention takes over.

Yet I need more clarity than throwing myself into a movement with the hope that my little amount of skill paired with lots of force will get me somewhere near a desired movement.

Instead I want my options to be clear relating to direction, speed, force, dynamics, and tone.
And I want to be able to focus of everything at once. I understand dance as the training to do both. So how do I get to that much brightness?

My feeling from watching dancers is that they are on top of the movement much like a musician is on top of the beat. From the top of the wave, so to speak, the dancer or the musician can choose to navigate within the beat, before or after as the moment seems right. The same applies to emotion, riding on top of the experience to have the agility to navigate toward more or less intensity.

So my experiment is to find the signals that ride on top of my vertebra, on top of the beat, on top of my emotions, on top of the loops and spirals between movements. There is an agility there when the signals are clear and can be varied to be small or large, light or intense.

There is a goal there I do not understand about all this coming from me and shaping me. Perhaps this comes with the fun of being fully engaged in the dance.
Tim Hurst 03/18/17

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What is Human Power

Accessing Human Power
How much power does a human have? The basic question is how much access does the person as an individual and as a group have to human power?

Let’s look at an abbreviated inventory of the power of the human:
Synthesizes light and air into nutrients.
Assimilates and adapts to natural and synthetic nutrients.
Assimilates data and perspectives in the presence of nature and other people.
Cycles and recycles through challenge and self encouragement.
Has an intricate system of monitoring, adaptation, and defense for harmful substances and chemical imbalances.
Forms and reforms self healing adaptations to rejuvenate the entire human system.
Filters all circumstantial changes through a network of what we divide into physical, mental, psychic, and spiritual processes.
Activates a sensual network from smallest particle to intricate interconnections throughout the entire person.
This sensual network activates warning systems that translate signals through a wide range of messaging options. The easiest message to interact with is pain. Prior to pain are more subtle messages that have their own networks for attuning human perception to sensations, calibrations (of chemical and electrical status, of balance, agility and spacial placement), initiation and momentum, anticipation and hope, balance points of synthesis internally and externally, and the translation of each attunement into visions, verbal cues, and interactive conversation.
Actively modulates along many spectrums gauged by the contexts of vulnerability and certainty.
Negotiates with the internal and external push and pull of self interest and group survival.
Encapsulates large amounts of data into concise formative projections and artistic renderings.
This list of human power is filled to infinity with the individual and group experiences of all humanity past and present.

The practice of accessing all these powers began with the earliest humans and are preserved in the study of dance, music, and interactive prayer. The source of human power is life itself.

The process of accessing all the power available rests on the willingness of the human to enter the power of life. Entering life requires both vulnerability and certainty, qualities that humans constantly stumble over. Our entire systems prefer to operate on a narrow range of options that are controllable and predictable.

Dance, music, and interactive prayer open areas of experience that point to the variability of life. They codify ways to approach the building blocks of life so we can begin to digest principles and points of view beyond our imaginations, beyond our thought processes.

Just a simple example of the variability these forms bring into our experience. One of the elements of life we can see is the wave form that is continually varying along many spectrums. Each form, dance, music, and interactive prayer, bring an intimate experience of the wave form into every system of the human. The entry brings instant access to powers of life that are automatically given to the human.

The purpose of human life is to activate those powers by discovering access points and the courage to enter and experience the powers on deeper and deeper levels.
Tim Hurst 03/25/17

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Must Rest Dance

Today I am exhausted and inspired beyond my ability to absorb it all. Yesterday saw Alexa’s choreography featuring Lynette Garcia at Ballet Austin. Then saw a rehearsal of Sharon’s choreography, Las Cuatros Estaciones: The Story of Human Trees. Incredibly moved. Inspired by the personal commitment of each dancer to become more of themselves.

Canceled all meetings and plans for today. Exhausted to the bone. Read Harry Potter number six until had to sleep. Slept. Woke. Hydrate. Nutrition support and juice.

Back to rest. No supplement was going to work. No reading. So I prayed and saw my life, each phase as a connector between people, ideas, inspiration. I have followed what I have been given.

Entered our living room space for dancing, singing, praying. One move and I knew, only dancing will do. And singing. Took out a reserve pair of ballet shoes. They fit me so well. They become a part of me.

Yesterday’s performances carried me. The dancer’s lifted turns sent delight through me. Realized I would not go to that level in Ballet because my belief was so strong that to learn I must direct everything.

Taking a sense of Alexandra foot work, Eurythmy agile collar bone, Floor-Barre roll from a turned out hip joint. There I was rising into a turn with the delight I wait for. A small beginning. A slight sense of the technique yet a huge experience of inspiration.

My cranium calls for hydration. My body no longer fatigued, released somehow. Now I can rest in dance or in the day’s sunshine or in a book (not Moby Dick today). Rest I can.
Tim Hurst 03/24/17