This coming Friday, at 7pm at Julie Rothschild Floorspace in Boulder.
This THING I’ve been wanting to do for so long, and haven’t done because it could go oh so terribly wrong.
I’m close to leaping off of my chair, and cowering in the corner as I imagine all that could go wrong…so terribly, terribly wrong.
But I’m doing it anyway:
I’m performing a solo called Dog Dance that is entirely improvised.
Why I’m choosing to do this, at this point in my life, I have no idea.
No. That’s a lie. I do know why. I know exactly why I’m doing this.
I’m doing this because I want share, and to be in exchange with my audience, by simply noticing the situation, and then rigorously following whatever it is that arises in that particular situation.
I don’t want to know how it will all unfold until it is unfolding - in real time.
And, more importantly, I want to see what’s on the other side of not knowing.
I’m gonna to let you in on a little secret:
Sometimes I feel like I’m on the edges of this dancing life, and at other times I feel like I’m burrowing right into it’s center.
By sharing Dog Dance with you, I’m burrowing in, through a new tunnel.
The first time I saw someone do an entirely improvised solo was when I was in college, and I had the honor of seeing Simone Forti perform.
Holy Hell, it was one of the best thing I’v ever seen, and I still remember it to this day, 20 odd years later.
She made a world that was radiant, alive, and real, and I wanted in.
School and work and money and time all became excuses not to go forward with what I’ve been wanting to do for a very long time.
It didn’t happen and it didn’t happen and it didn’t happen, and now….
I’m going to give it a try.
I am going to show up, and see what happens.
Every 3rd Friday of the month (except for this February, when Dog Dance will happen on the 2nd Friday of the month) I’m going to show up at 7pm, and begin.
As I said in my little facebook event for Dog Dance:
I have a whole lotta feels about sharing this new work with you.
I would love for you to be there.
And, I’m terrified that you might actually show up.
A huge shout out and deep thank you to Andrew Marcus who watched it all unfold, and who gave me the push and permission I needed to make this happen.
Your dance mission for this next week is to lay down on the ground and imagine that your body is filled with water.
As you begin to move, notice how the water pours and pools and rushes through your body.
See if you can stay in this imagined place, noticing your breath and your sensation, for 20 minutes.
Here's a song to get your started: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DKVh2cHdfJQ
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With Warmth and Jivey Vibes,
Joanna and The Agitators
sweetly agitating/persistently upending
I’m going to be taking a two week break for the holidays, so no newsletter will be sent out on December 23rd and December 30th. I will be checking email though, so feel free to email me if you have any questions during that time.
Hope you have a wonderful holiday break and am looking forward to being in conversation with you in the New Year.
Send me your dog photos.
Because Dog Dance will be taking place the third friday of every month, I need dog photos.
Do you have any that you want to send my way that I could use on Facebook and in this newsletter?
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