Welcome Winter...those were the first words of my Sacred Dance Ritual that my troupe and friends presented for Winter Solstice. The performance was exceptional.Of course there were technical challenges, I had to forgo the video portion of the show just so we could continue on with the presentation, but none of that seemed to matter. So briefly, from the beginning...I was inspired by some music, some fabric and glitter and from the season, to write a sacred dance drama. At the time it kept swirling around in my head, but I had no place to perform it. I had asked a couple of groups if they were interested, but to no avail. I asked my soul sister if it was crazy to write, choreograph and design a piece that had no where to go...and she encouraged me to just go ahead and do it.
images, words, and everything just flowed from me. I was so delighted
being a channel for the Beloved's creativity. I asked one more group if
they were interested and they said, "YES!" Now we had a place, date and
time. We were to perform for the CUUPS group at the local UU Church for
their Winter Solstice. I learned how to do voice-overs, edit music,
export to other programs and add vidoe backgrounds. I had so much fun. I
chose to include my dancers spouses in the drama and they were more
than willing to perform. We had our Holly King, the Spirit of Fire, the
Spirit of Frost, the Summer Queen, our live percussionist and I was the
Winter Queen. We had very limited time to rehearse all together, but I
didn't let that stop me. I really had to put aside ego and perfectionism
and just trust that my dancers would be able to receive my vision and
do their parts to make it come to fruition. What a wonderful gift I was
purchased props and fabric...a torch, flameless candles, a holly head
wreath(made by yours truly), sparkly swathing, stars, a giant yellow
balloon, and the list goes on...
evening of the performance, I went and had my make-up done. I find that
this helps me to get into character...designing the look with a
pro...and then watching as I am transformed from my mundane self to my
sacred self. As we added glitter, shimmer and jewels...I felt myself
becoming icy, cold, still, silent, and introspective like the winter
went home and started putting on my costume...blue, white and silver.
It made me think of the North East where I grew up. The gray-blue of the
cold winter sky, the silvery shiny lake all frozen over, and the pure
white blanket of snow you could see when arising at dawn.
arrived at the church one by one. Slowly adding to the excitement. Some
of us decorated the stage with glittering fabric, snowflakes and stars.
Others just decorated each other.
took our places at the back of the sanctuary as our guest where
welcomed in and seated as most of the lights were off. As the music
began and the words "Welcome Winter" were spoken, I felt all of our
energies joining as one.
was center stage with drum, feathers, sage...purifying and casting the
sacred space in which we were to dance. We processed up the aisles and
took the stage. As soon as my foot touched the stage I was transported
out of time and space. Beauty, joy, and inspiration flowed. There was
poetry, music, song and dance. I can't say what happened next. We were
just purely in the moment...giving our gifts. It was magical to be a
part of it. Later, many people from the audience said it had been so
magical for them, that they had felt transformed, transported, that it
had been an experience. I really felt as though my gift and vision had
been fully received.
this process I learned to let go of expectations, to create just for
the joy of creating, to trust that the opportunity to share my gifts
would come and to become vulnerable with my vision and trust my dancers'
abilities to co-create with me.
you become aware of the gifts and opportunities that are present and
may you share them with yourself and others during this Season of Light.
Blessings of Beauty, Joy, Loving, Light and Compassion,