So this will be the first post submitted and published using the wireless internet connection at Earthdance! Woohoo ! I am so happy to be here. This morning i was feeling almost nostalgic, remembering how things and places looked the last time i was here, in the summer. Now i feel safe, well placed and quite organized mentally and very tired. I also feel that today i have had a bit more social contact than what i actually can handle but i think i will try to have more time for myself tomorrow to balance it.
I (and the rest of the group) am now one day into Nancy’s workshop. There is a lot of new stuff to process and reflect on. Pods, states and scores. I am trying to write things down, and doing quite a good job so far. Nancy is super clear which makes it much easier to gather the thoughts and ideas and put them on paper. My feelings regarding the workshop (so far… only one day) are just completely positive.
Time for bed now.
This is one of the hi tech highlights of my life, sitting with my laptop in my lap (aha ! so that’s why…) and blogging using the wi fi net at Arlanda airport. It makes me thing of the future and TV commercials. I had an extremely effective day in Stockholm yesterday and ran all across the city center. Mervin, if you read this i really had a wonderful moment having coffee with you. And Miri, TODA ! I slept well and hope you could get some more sleep after dragging the bed down to the basement. And i made it in time and all. Now my prepaid time is nearly up. USA here i come….
The Israeli Contact Festival is still going on but for my part it is over for now. The four days I spent in Misgav where the Greenhouse took place were very intensive. I feel that it’s easy to lose direction and also lose a lot of energy without really knowing where it went in such big events. We were 200 people and very lovely people too. There were a lot of beautiful moments during these days and also, as always, a feeling of sadness that suddenly appears for no reason. Suddenly you feel lonely, left out or just sad and don’t really know if you want to share it or dive into the feeling. Then after a while, an hour or two or sometimes a bit longer, the feeling is over.
I was fighting a stubborn cold during the whole time and the Sauna, swimming pool and Jacuzzi really helped in that. The rooms where we slept were very cold so now I really appreciate being able to sleep in a warm place.
Today is Ner Rishon, the first day of Hanucka. I stood next to mom & dad and we did the little ceremony of lighting the candle and saying the blessings. The best thing about Hanucka is that it’s not Christmass. In fact, the absence of Christmass here in the unholy parts of Israel (Tel Aviv, Agur) feels just great.
Knowing that i am going to be in Freiburg from February until April is of course very exciting but i also feel that i have a lot of Huzpa to make such plans (why work when you can travel around the world and dance?). I feel like the whole adventure is about to start on Tuesday when i go to the north of Israel for the CI festival, or a part of it. For anyone who hasn’t been to Israel and who is into CI or just movement improvisation i can say that there is a lot to do and experience in Israel (mostly in Tel Aviv but even in other places). From Gaga through Five Rythms, to plain old Contact Improvisation. I also like the sometimes more explicit and clear way in which some teachers here lead in introductions and classes.