Spiderflower is, essentially, a form of earth dance. Understanding that body is formed of the substance of earth, it works to connect the dancer to the land, the self, community and what is holy unto them - expressing and celebrating that multi-dimensional relationship. It is a communion concerned with acknowledging and dancing with forces that sustain and give life in a reverent and devotional way.
Impro is the basis for Spiderflower's dance and offers a great degree of freedom. It means the dance is your own, it happens as it happens, there are no steps to learn or imposed choreography to follow. An exciting form of release and discovery, Impro is about being present, in totality, in the now, allowing the dance to unfold from within as the dancer listens to tempo and rhythms of the body. Specific techniques support an actor / dancer in improvised space to open into their movement.
Every day, millions of impulses run through our body. As they travel, their interactions create our internal landscape and the communion we hold with the self. How the body translates this language through speech or action into the world defines who we are, what we do, and day by day, makes the life that is ours. Impulse work is a fundamental starting point. The body is our instrument, it is vital our system is at peace and can converse fluidly within its own realm.
Gesture is archaic. Its ancient language tumbles through generation upon generation - it is perhaps as old as humankind. It speaks universally. Amongst human beings its expression, in an instant, cuts across the separation speech and culture create in a peoples. Standing transparent. Gesture enables a clear channel of communication from the inner landscape of the body to reach the external world. Gesture is the great connector. It is the altar of the dance.
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It is a unique trait of Spiderflower to weave inner and outer worlds simultaneously. Improvisation - the soft, vulnerable core of the dance is held within strong external structures. The dance develops relationship with the natural realm, delivering nurture back home to the body. The body gives of itself, nourishing the source it lives and breaths from - and so creates a cycle of breathing and exchange.
Spiderflower teaches us to embody. We remain rooted within the physical - and - in the world around us whilst in motion. The nature of form ultimately carries and expresses that which we understand as divine. We find the holy within the substance of things.
The drum is heartbeat to Spiderflower. Live drum rhythm is an intrinsic and valuable part of its work. There are times when drum ensemble is in play, but it is important to vary. The simpler form of the singular frame drum, silence and pre-recorded music also support the dance.