Tuesday, 26 July 2016

How the sun lights the earth 26/7/16

How the sun lights the earth
notes / occasional reflections -    26/7/16

The last time I spoke into a microphone was nearly a year ago, and  I said something like this:
After my father's funeral, I would sometimes find myself saying 'we weren't close'. But I soon stopped saying this as it made no sense in language. It didn't explain experience or history, and it didn't tell anyone anything meaningful.
I started to think it was like saying, 'I'm not close to the sun'.
The sun is never not there, even when it's below the horizon, behind clouds - or out of sight, yet shining a light on the moon. In July the earth is around 94.5 million miles from the sun. This is called aphelion, about the farthest away we can get from the nearest star. I read this somewhere. The sun is 400 times as far away as the moon. For some reason this is a measure which I remember, which seems to give some sense of the scale of these kinds of distances.

And now it is five years. Five times around the sun since Dad's death day.
Perhaps you don't 'get over' anything. I would agree. You might dismiss or shrug, and carry on into time as best you can. And yet, unless you allow process, you will miss it's truth.
Stand in the sense of the feeling as experience.
Find the ground.
Some fragments of words drift in, only partly remembered.

generous heart
subtly delightful
innate radiance
a profound silence

This is what bodies are for.

Less than a year ago, during a performance called How the sun lights the earth, I practice remembering the distance of the earth from the sun. I don't use a microphone. And I remember saying something like this:

And the dew drops.
Look closely.
Each holds a colour in the morning sunshine.
Each one a jewel, resting in the grass. 
If it catches the light at a particular angle, at the right moment, as you walk by, 
slowly, the colour changes 
- a green, a golden yellow, a red and a blue. 
Because, of course, they are prisms.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

near Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

Awareness Through Movement

Feldenkrais Method
Dynamic Stability in Movement
for somatic learning

the next Wylam day: 
Saturday 8th October 

Wylam Institute, Wylam, Church Road, NE41 8AP, Tyne & Wear, UK

10.30am - 4.30pm
Fee only: £45 standard / £35 concession.
Early booking: £5 discount if booked and fully paid three weeks in advance.

CONTACT  fionawright.05@btinternet.com
With a focus Awareness Through Movement we will work in gentle guided lessons with the emphasis on independent process, always finding our own pace.           
The workshops aim to offer an accessible opportunity to take some time and space to explore easier movement and somatic awareness. No particular training is necessary, just an interest in discovering through your own experience.

Bring a mat and/or blanket for floor work and warmth.
[There are regular trains, two stops from Newcastle Central to Wylam. The village is West along the River Tyne, a short walk across the bridge and up the hill. On street parking available.]

pause:reflect:awareness - London Saturday workshops Autumn 2016

pause: reflect : awareness
Autumn 2016

workshops in London
Fiona Wright
Awareness Through Movement
 Feldenkrais Method

SATURDAY 3rd September 11am-2pm
Venue: Oxford House (Theatre Space), Derbyshire St, Bethnal Green E2 6HG
** do bring a mat and/or blanket and clothes to be warm for floor work**
SATURDAY 29th October  1pm-4pm
Venue: Siobhan Davies Dance Studios, 85 St Georges Rd, SE1 6ER
**there are mats already available at this venue**

Cost for each workshop £30
**Good transport links and access at both venues**

pause: reflect : awareness
Two short yet 'gentle intensive' Saturday afternoon workshops, each 3 hours, to allow space and yet the time to go deeper than a single class might allow. Also, if taken together, these sessions can offer a connection to sense the changes over the course of a month.

In Awareness Through Movement (Feldenkrais Method) we work slowly in guided lessons with the emphasis on independent process, always finding our own pace. Any level of experience is welcome and no particular training is necessary, simply an interest in discovering through your own movement experience - this can support other practices and generally offer more enjoyment, ease and spontaneity in everyday actions. http://www.feldenkrais.co.uk/what.html


photo credit; Jonathan Thrift

'pivotal points'

An image of everyday balance. .
..a glimpse off the page. .

'The working skeleton' in Mabel E Todd's always relevant book The Thinking Body (1937).

Reflecting on how the weight of the head speaks to the skeleton and wider proprioception (connected to the sense of our own experience of organisation in and of movement)