Ralph Lemon, a choreographer, dancer, director, curator, and storyteller, has shown his often-collaborative work in venues ranging from MoMA to the Lyon Ballet.
Begin with the face, moving to the body.
Sitting (or standing) with a partner, facing that partner, approximately two feet apart.
Allow your face to react to the face facing you.
Maybe replicating it (to begin).
It is impossible to match the other face, so there is no problem.
After a while (twenty minutes?) allow what’s happening in the face to become the whole body.
A moving down and up, in and out.
The whole body expresses (something seen, not seen, heard, not heard).
Thirty minutes later move away (respectfully) from your focus on your partner’s face/body.
Now, moving more freely in space, begin to source these activating prompts:
The whole body shining
Where you are is perfect
Go deeper (molecularly?)
The generosity of your body
All obstacles are round
The felicitous space of the body
Throw the whole of your body into the jaws of your generosity
Stay with it
Making everything available
There is nothing complicated inside and out
Grace may be the absolution of a seam
After one hour conclude with this (which may take another hour or so):
THERE IS NOW THE OPPORTUNITY TO GENERATE SO MUCH LIGHT THAT YOU DISAPPEAR.
Samuel Beckett/Mabou Mines, The Lost Ones, premiered 1975, Theater of the New City, New York. Music by Philip Glass.
Richard Foreman, The Birth of the Poet, premiered 1984 and revised for the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival, 1985. Text by Kathy Acker, music by Peter Gordon, and set by David Salle.
Pina Bausch and the Tanztheater Wuppertal, Palermo, Palermo, 1998. US premiere, Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1991.
William Forsythe and the Frankfurt Ballet, Eidos: Telos, premiered 1995. Brooklyn Academy of Music, 1998.
Voudoun possession, Haiti, 1995.
Street performer, Jaipur, India, 1998.
Village dance, a forest in Bali, 1999.