What does HOME mean to you?
Is it a place?
Is it a feeling?
Is is a person or people?
Could we experience HOME in our body? What does that look like? What does that mean?
Is HOME the earth? Our community? A building? A spiritual experience? and/or something else?
What are some of the positive connotations of HOME?
What are some negative connotations of HOME?
What does it mean and what does it take to address both these positive and negative aspects?
What makes HOME joyful?
What makes HOME a challenge?
What does it mean/ look like/ feel like to move away from and return to a HOME?
............. How do you, dear Reader, respond to these questions? What movements does your body make as you reflect? Please feel free to include your thoughts in the comments!
Over the past four months, I've been deep into the research process of these questions with four other dance artists. In addition, we've been asking:
How do we, as dancers, experience HOME in our bodies?
How do we, as people who work with other bodies as educators and healers, hear and observe how other people manifest HOME in their bodies - or not?
What can we learn about looking at how we define HOME? What can we learn from the ways we are drawn to or repelled by certain notions of HOME? How does digging into and sharing our stories about HOME provide more information about us and the way we interact with the world?
How does this process and our ideas about HOME change as we gain more information during this research?
What are your thoughts?
Stay tuned for our results!
And, if you'd like to see the performance live, you can get tickets here.
As part of our conversations during our studio research, we often come back to the idea that the body is a microcosm of the universe. In this case, our body is our physical home in the greater home of our communities, environments, world, and cosmos.
Included below is are some visual reflections that Sarena, one of the dance artists, found and shared.
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