Archif am Gorffennaf, 2018

13 Gor 2018

Letter to the Cottage : Jane Mason

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Mostly I’m thinking about what it can mean to be with someone. To giving attention to each particular process with a person and seeing where it goes. Taking proper time to listen. Bringing a focus to the body perhaps. Being responsive to possibilities, trusting in the idea of possibility that connections can and will come. Something could go further than might appear possible at first. But it’s here in these spaces, in these places of discovery with someone that I like to be. It’s scary too and it’s hard to explain what might happen. Time and again I struggle to describe it. But I keep asking myself the questions around how and why, and who I am through all of this, and it keeps me here.

 

 

 

 

letter to the cottage (sent 8.3.17)

 

Thank you fire, chair, bed, blanket, hot water bottle, window

 

Chord from the light, reminder of a distant home

 

Preparing to leave

 

Casting a net over moments caught

 

Supermarket café, choreography of shoppers through the panoramic aperture between two spaces

 

Stirling in the moonlight – Timeless

 

Teddy folded, squashed inside the coils of cable, pushed hard under the chest

 

Daring to touch each other

 

Water pouring out of the land – hands carrying

 

Late night man thinking about his funeral

 

‘Lambing is as close to birth as you can get’

 

Cold feet on stone, reposition sitting reposition sitting

The Witness Tree – horses, outlaws, night into day

 

Horseshoe curves in the road.  Valleys rolling. Medieval Castle, stonewalls stacked layered, angles over angles. Tower circle, winding staircase. Up down just me. No visitors inside these damp walls. Just me

 

Motorbike in pieces, over sloping grass

 

Hair splayed out in sundials

 

Guitar rock loud from the graffiti hole – Mouth and body mimicking sound

 

Black notes, colony of ants, pouring into the grand piano

 

Leaving a life behind – starting a new

 

Talking to people

 

Tremor of emotion – his every word

 

Love love for the animals

 

Reading to a child, missing mine

 

The gift of gingerbread

 

Time is what we have

 

And invitations to a possible other place

 

If only I could reach you

13 Gor 2018

Summer Twmpath 2018

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Thank you to all who created a most wonderful summer Twmpath in Abercych on 30th June… Mervyn Bradley, Joanna Young, Ray Jacobs, Julie Murphy, Ceri Jones, Ceri Rhys Matthews, Elsa Davies, Rhowan Alleyne and Delme, Jo Shapland, Simon Whitehead, Helen, Nicola, Matt Penfold, and all the dancers!

13 Gor 2018

Bigger Than The Body : Susan Schell

We are delighted to be hosting Authentic Movement teacher Susan Schell in Abercych this September.

She is an inspiring and emotionally courageous movement practitioner, also now also working as a interfaith hospice chaplain.

Bigger than the Body 

17th to 22nd September 2018

Abercych, Pembrokeshire, Wales

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As movers, we will begin with the bare bones that support the form of Authentic Movement; connection to self, sensation, imagination, memory and perception. We will also be deepening our experience of what it is to hold the space, both within us as well as outside our physical bodies as we witness one another. At first glance, we are often most aware of what occupies the space, the people, walls, floor and so on, and less aware of the space that is surrounding and infusing everything.

In our seemingly concrete world, it is unusual to register the fact that what appears as ‘object’ is predominately ‘space’. To recognize that space does not belong to anyone yet fills ALL, can provide us with an experience of space as connective tissue – the unifying element between the visible and invisible, form and essence – that which is holding us. Through time an intimacy grows, a balance between ‘knowing’ and ‘not knowing’, ‘seeing’ and ‘sensing’ that can bring us to the threshold of grace.

 

£350 (non-residential – low cost accommodation available locally)

For more info & to book contact Stirling: 01239 841488/rstirlingsteward@gmail.com

Places limited to 14

 

Susan Schell has been teaching and performing from a foundation deeply planted in the practice of improvisational forms for over 40 years. In the early 80’s she studied in-depth the practice of Authentic Movement with Janet Adler. Since then, she has been exploring, developing and teaching on-going classes, intensives and retreats in the US and abroad. In 2012 she completed a two year interfaith chaplaincy program and now, in addition to dancing, she also serves as a hospice chaplain.