Altar’d Vision Blindfolded Dance
Come, join us on a journey into the world of the unseen.
Saturday, December 22, from 6-10:00 pm at the WOW Hall, you are invited to spend an evening under the blindfold, dancing to a variety of tribal beats and ambient music, and also sighted, engaging in a ritual to celebrate the solstice time and the entering into a new cycle.
Please arrive early as the event begins when doors open to receive you.
During the first hour there are opportunities to prepare for the event in some specific ways. In addition to the open floor for warming up there will be 4 altars, each offering a different focus to contemplate and interact with. During the ritual that follows the opening circle you will have an opportunity to reconnect with material gathered during that first hour and to participate in creating a foundation for the times to come.
The ritual leeds into the dance.
As we gather in community to dance the
journey inward under the blindfold, other worlds open.
Of the body,
In motion and in stillness
Of Breath, the mother of rhythm,
Of the Mind, the seat of time,
And of the Heart, that which illuminates.
Admission is $15
Space is limited, so please let us know if you are planning to attend.
This helps us keep track of numbers so that we know how to balance the ratio of blindfolded dancers to spotters.
Spotters are sighted dancers that circulate to help facilitate the dance, primarily providing a buffer between dancers of greatly varying energy levels and occasionally guiding stray dancers back towards the middle of the room.
Blindfolds will be provided but if you have a favorite, feel free to bring it. The best is something thin and stretchy that lightly touches your eyelids to keep your eyes from opening as you relax into the dance.
There will be an circle at the beginning for introducing the form and to answer questions.
SUGGESTIONS FOR PREPARATION BEFORE YOU ARRIVE:
Bring layers of easy-to-move-in clothing that can easily be tied around your waist as folks often warm up and cool down over the course of the dance. Having what you need with you means being self sufficient under the blindfold.
Drink water throughout the day but avoid eating a big meal within a couple of hours of the dance. Spotters can offer assistance on or off the floor if you need something but do what you can to make your experience as uninterrupted as possible.
Play the day as quietly as you can,
experimenting with non verbal forms of communication.
Solicit the consideration and creativity of those around you to support you in this.
Walk, ride, bus or carpool if you can.
as a blindfolded dancer before dancing as a spotter.
Ya know, just for the fun of it!
Hope to see you there,
Paul, Meghan, Amber, Julian, Solfia and a growing number of collaborators…
To sign up to be a possible spotter, go here: