Circle of sound.

Warm up.
Stretch any way your body needs it.

Tyeece comes in at 9:06

Start standing

Walking meditation
Hands on the person in front of the circle
Head massage.

This is the first time we transgressed the limits of our own bodies and touched each other deliberately. I don’t think everyone would have accepted or been comfortable with this on earlier days. I’m glad Aakash introduced this at the end.

Tap each other’s backs.
Everyone laughs. Not an anxious laugh. More released. Joyful

Question of touch and cultural inhibitions come up for me here.

Reverse circle. Indian head massage. I think about Katherine Profeta’s chapter on navigating intercultural contact through dance.


Find a partner

Person in the front of the pair, eyes closed. Partner in the back guides.

Stay loose. Move you manipulate you. You’re a puppet now. Learn total. Move forward.

Total trust. Guide your partner, reverse. Give support (I think of Danielle Goldman’s “I want to be ready).
Dance is/ is not metaphor?
Communication without words here – students glance at one another and now share a physical vocabulary.

Aakash explains photos in the back. Talks about JeSuis and what each photo means as inspiration. They are references for ambience. Then he asks us to look at the photos and single out one to create an impulse. They have five minutes to work on that movement. Then they show to one another in a circle. Each person steps into the circle to show the movement, and Aakash often identifies the photo without the student’s connected in the movement to the image in words. It’s crazy how right he is for the most part.

At the end we go back to the phrase Aakash taught. Indian music. Shazzam cannot identify it. Groups reorganize half and half facing front. Repeat phrase again and again.

Makes individuals slow down the phrase. Now the groups have to come closer and eventually they cross one another. It looks like choreography.