A floating stage
An ever-shifting floor
An offering of public art
Such a spectacular day! Venturing forth on Cape Cod Bay on our Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP), I was inspired by the gorgeousness to take my pop-up dance project to another level. I mean, the day just begged to be danced, decked out as she was in aquamarine skies, bright sunshine and crystalline sea.
So, yes! Dancing on the water was just the ticket to express joy and gratitude for Mother Nature’s resplendence.
As someone who has done her fair share of performing outdoors, I was floored by the special experience of dancing right on top of the ocean. Inexpressibly freeing, it felt both primal and transcendent. Rapturous. Dancing to the sun and wind and sea, out on the vast watery expanse, with only a few inches of board between me and the sea.
Or, zero inches between us….when I fell in. There was just enough wind and wave to make things interesting. Challenging me to be supersensitive to the countless shifts and extra aware of my own physicality, especially my core. As adaptable and mindful as I tried to be, I was thrown a few times by my amazing and mercurial dance partner: the ocean.
Doing the kind of movement I love, which uses momentum and focuses on the breath, the swooping, dropping and suspending felt like a lovely match for the gentle, and not so gentle, rise and fall of wind and wave.
While a main intention was reverential, another aim was to share my passion for dancing with folks nearby on the water and the beach. Part of my ongoing practice to thread the magic and power of dance into daily life. Spreading the word with more people that dance and art can ideally, and should, be everywhere.
“…I think that what we’re seeking is an experience of being alive, so that our life experiences on a purely physical plane will have resonances with our innermost being and reality, so that we actually feel the rapture of being alive….”~Joseph Campbell
“Dance is the hidden language of the soul.”~Martha Graham