Last Sunday, 14th June, SpiralArts gathered for another Zoom session and it was as always a highly creative, generous and inspiring session. The participants age from the 70s to the 20s and their talents include dance, music, singing, poetry and fine art. The underlying foundation and common denominator of it all is movement/dance and embodiment, which everyone accepts and enjoys.
Each person has created a short piece in their own discipline, in response to a painting, a poem and improvised music from members of the group, and naturally the present lockdown situation comes in to play.
It is fascinating to see how limitation, in this case of space, often seems to produce such strong and interesting creativity and quality of movement. Also to observe how working on line seems to some extent to give people more creative freedom, perhaps as they are in their own familiar territory and not immediately up against each other. The more mature dancers work with a certain clarity, simplicity and quiet depth, while the younger ones are more exploratory and verbose with their movement. The mix of disciplines helps a vibrant conversation and lively sharing of thoughts, experiences and ideas which are inspiring and invigorating for everyone.
So far in accordance with the lockdown, everyone has produced individual work, now the task is to work together in smaller groups and finally weave a rich tapestry from the alchemy of work that is being created and produce an online performance.
It seems to me there is a deep need for sensitive and creative artists to have an outlet to express themselves, explore their ideas and share them in a safe and supportive space, and this is what SpiralArts aims to provide.
In support of this work, we are now running a Wednesday morning open class on Zoom, 10.30-11.30, see details on this site.