A verse from Ben Rector's I Like You
While it's a love song, this sentiment has stuck with me for years. These past few months have had their ups and downs (in case you missed it, Texas went through a snowpocalypse and I hit a bird that to be honest, changed my life). I have not sent an update in awhile because truthfully, I have not felt like I have that much to report. No huge news, no giant releases, just good old fashioned progress happening in the studio. As I mentioned previously, I am working my way to my first solo show and I am keeping those pieces a secret for now. Stay tuned for sneak peek later this summer!
So today I just wanted to say hello, share a few new pieces and remind you that even if you feel like you have nothing to say, sometimes celebrating the little wins, the walks in between, is what makes it all worthwhile. It has been a tough year for all of us and I would be remiss if I said these past few months have been easy. However, it has taught me a lot about how to love and celebrate the process instead of the result.
So, if that resonates with you, I would love to hear your stories of 2021 so far-
What is something you are celebrating?
What is something you have noticed that makes a difference in your everyday life?
If you’ve known me for awhile, you know dance has been a huge part of my life. Movement still is. I believe moving has the power to help us grieve, process, and heal in ways that free us.
I hadn’t “danced” in a long time and wasn’t even sure I still considered myself a dancer. However, I realized the more you create, the more creativity flows and it’s not just ok but encouraged to jump between different mediums. It’s been a minute since my roommate Gaby and I collaborated on a video but when I heard this song it just felt right. It's lyrics spoke to me in a way that many other songs haven't this year and it message feels particularly pertinent today.
“But don't cover up your scars for me
And every single choice that you made
Was a stone in the path to this place
And every single cut that you claim
Has led you this way, so lay your head on me”
- Marcus Mumford
About the PieceGrief. Loss. With so much injustice in the world and our own personal struggles, it is easy to close yourself off from feeling. However, I truly believe it is only when we allow the world’s crosses to break our hearts, that we can piece ourselves back together to create a heart that may be fractured, but full.
Moving my body and getting outside are two ways I have learned to process and release. It helps remind me of the strength of our spirits. We have so much to offer even if we are still healing. And there is joy in the process of returning home to yourself and of sharing it with those you love around you.
Healing. Support. Movement.
Resilience. Peace. Hope.
The Human Spirit.
I hope we captured even a glimmer of the feeling of the words above.
This piece was created through 100% improvisational movement. Gaby and I spent a good few hours clipping it together to take an experience and to create a story. I hope you can find a piece of your journey within it as well.