MAY 30, 2015, 2:30-6:00 PM
The meaning of this piece is creating unity, connection and peace in the world through joining together into a human network of loving intentions. The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning "circle." Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. The goal of the mandala is to serve as a tool on our spiritual journey as it symbolizes cosmic and psychic order. Mandala is also a form of meditation for the purpose of gaining knowledge, primarily the kindthat resides within each of us. According to Buddhist scripture, mandalas transmit positive energies to the environment and to the people who view them. Human bodies coming together in a dance to form mandala-like shapes through body movement, breathing and connection will create positive energy vortex in the space to nourish both the dancers and the audience with good vibes of love, joy and peace and to invoke full alignment with divine order.
Stefan has yet to decide what he wants to be when he grows up. But he does know that from the moment that his older cousins stuck a red bow on his 4-year-old-nose, and paraded him through the living room singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer", he has been a bit of a performer - some might even say a clown.
This has lead to his current passion of physical theatre, and more specifically Clown. To this end he has studied with Sue Morrison, John Beale, and Helen Donnelly. He has his first public Clown turn on May 31, 2015 as part of the Clown Crossings show.
This theatrical passion also finds him as a member of Inspired Playback Theatre Company. This company works in an improvisational physical theatre form in which audience or group members tell stories from their lives which are then enacted in formal dramatic "playback".
He has also been an active member for a number of years in both the Ecstatic Dance, and the Contact Improv Dance communities. From the artistic growth engendered in these movement practices has come the opportunity to be a part of the Create-Move-Connect Collective. He previously co-created and performed in a piece called "Interloper", as part of the first CMC "Launch!" show in November 2014.
Elena’s creative dance style emerged and developed as a result of Latin dance training combined with her spiritual journey and a devoted practice of yoga, personal development and meditation. The artist’s dance is a powerful expression of her intuitive, emotional and sensual perception of the world and the flow or Energy. Deep commitment to growth and transformation and courage to go where few have ventured enables her wide spectrum of dance expression, ranging from heavy loaded themes of sadness, darkness and struggle all the way to expanded states of bliss, abundance, love and harmony. Elena is a global citizen – she speaks six languages, lived in four countries and travelled extensively throughout Europe, Asia, USA, Central and Latin Americas. She combines her passion for dancing with working in organic food industry and making high energy paintings.
Farah has always had a creative and artistic inclination in one form or another. He is constantly finding his peace in making beautiful forms using various everyday objects, transforming the mundane into expressions of the immense love in his heart.
While working as a professional accountant Farah continuously incorporates some artistic form in his daily life for creating a beautiful balance. He has been involved in theatre work for many years as a stage actor and director with Inspirato Theatre and is looking forward to branching out to the dance stage with Create-Move-Connect.
I have been given many labels: a "Yogi", when I was stretching or sitting with my eyes closed, straight back and peaceful smile; a "Dancer" when I couldn't resist moving to amazing music played on the street; a "Musician", when without any schooling I picked up guitar and started pouring my soul out; a "Leader" when I inspired others to dance to the rhythms; an "Artist" when I picked up a brush and enjoyed the traction between the paper and wet bristles.
Are you "This"? Are you "That"? I kept being asked.
"No", I would be calmly but strongly explaining "I'm just a Human!!!"
Annoyed at first at how easily it is to fool people: A Yogi? Me? I haven't gone to a single yoga class! An artist? Me? This isn't even pretty!
But later shocked and annoyed at people not realising their own talent and potential.
"Yes, we are all dancers, aren't we?" I would start answering.
"Sure, we are all artists at heart!"
"Just as much as you are."
Since that realisation my ultimate goal in life has become - to fight against labeling others and for accepting ourselves as beautiful, talented, multi-faceted human beings, artists, yogis, musicians, dancers, babies and leaders at the same time.
That is my main purpose in Create-Move-Connect project.
Elisa has danced from the young age of 7-17, with formal training in ballet, jazz and modern. She went on to focus on improvisational and less formal dance forms such as voice and movement practice and the 5Rhythms practice, which she has studied since 2002. Elisa has a keen interest in seeing how improvisational dance practices may transform into choreography, and therefore started the Create-Move-Connect project to experiment with creating dance pieces and
choreography with improvisational dancers.
Sha comes from a science background and always shied away from creative expression believing that art and creativity were the lot of others. However, about a decade ago she found herself on a spiritual path with Osho leading the way with dynamic meditations.
After many years of spiritual growth came a yearning for creative expression. During her participation in a 5-Rhythms workshop in Costa Rica last year and after almost 2 years at The Move came the realization, dance as meditation, play and prayer and the instrument of her connection to the Whole.
The pieces are finally coming together and she welcomes the opportunity to participate in a creative production and perform in front of an audience for the first time in her life