Category Archives: Special Events
2014 SPRING DANCE RETREAT
COALESSENCE RETREAT SPRING/EARTH DAY ‘14!
Sky Camp, Friday noon April 18, 2014 through Monday noon April 21, 2014
Please join us for a weekend of Togetherness, Dance, Healing, Workshops, Food, Nature, and Play at Sky Camp.
Events start at 3:00 Friday so please arrive early so you can get yourself, your room, and your food set up.
Please join us for a weekend of Togetherness, Dance, Healing, Workshops, Food, Nature, and Play at Sky Camp and hosted by Hartspace Project and Coalessence Dance.
Daily Ecstatic Dances facilitated by Oblio Stroyman, Zan Akerson, Paul Deering, Meghan Quinn and DJ Muse.
Contact Improv: a dance emphasizing deep listening where points of physical contact provide the starting point for creative exploration through movement improvisation.
Zeg Forum: An awareness and communication practice, an artistic way of personal sharing; a stage for whatever is happening inside ourselves.
Dance Seen: A compassionate container for dancers to be witnessed and supported in their creative expressions.
Altar’d Vision: An exploration into sensory perception through dance.
(See further below for detailed Schedule)
COALESSENCE RETREAT FALL ‘13!
October 25th noon to 27th 4 pm
at Sky Camp, 83930 Peninsula Rd Fall Creek, OR 97438
Please join us for 3 nights and days of togetherness.
Dance, healing workshops, food, hikes, and relaxation
at beautiful Sky Camp.
DANCING AND WORKSHOPS are offered throughout all three days. Additional opportunities for offering workshops to the each other exist in the mornings and afternoon time slots (See Schedule below).
Sign up at the camp but plan ahead. Please come share your unique gifts!
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:
Here’s something a little different…
Rather than setting an intention around something,
how about sharing an intention around nothing.
Different than not having an intention, the invitation is to sense,
contemplate, dance, share, our experiences and observations around….
(or, Le Vide, as Yves Klein would put it).
Oh yes, there will be music, and plenty of it. but just as a little experiment, taking special notice of the spaces between the things that usually catch and hold our attention.
Paul, with Emily May as greeter, and Bryan Kircher on altar.
We come spinning out of nothingness
Scattering stars like dust.
The stars form a circle
And in the center we dance.
Opening the Chrysalis
Dancing / Sensing
Come, join us on a journey along of pathways of the senses.
This Thursday Evening July 5th at the Wow Hall (not at Island Park this week) you are invited to explore the many different ways our bodies sense while we dance.
Dancing to a variety of beats and ambient music, take opportunity to both deepen your relationship with the familiar senses that inform and guide you as well as travel more unfamiliar and uncharted paths.
Much of what we feel is familiar and our primary senses are very practiced at offering reliable information to respond to. And… we can play; expand our vocabulary.
Even now, as you read this, how are you feeling, literally? Observe the many ways that sensation travels through the body.
What does it feel like to shift focus from one sense another?
As dancers, as we move, how we feel and what we feel changes. In a gathering of community, Bring your curiosity, share your explorations and observations through your dance.
- Doors open 5:30 pm. The Wow Hall, 291 West 8th Ave, Eugene
- Please arrive early as the doors close at 6:30
- Cost in $7-12 sliding scale at the door
- Warmup starts at our regular evening time of 6:00. Opening Circle at 6:30, then the set length is longer at about 2 hours.