ARCHIPELAGO ARCHIES STUDY # 07

Inhabiting Shape



With the body slightly lowered towards the earth and the limbs bent at all joints (spine, shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers, hip, knee, ankle, toes) the dancer assumes a readiness to dance. This is curiously true of most all traditional temple dances along the Indian Ocean rim.

By drawing on understandings of the human body-mind derived from Hath-Vinyasa yoga practice, I have been investigating pathways to inhabit some of these dances’ folded shapes and unpack movement principles that animate them.

(Excerpt from letters to Dr. A. M. Sivaraman)
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