RA: What does community building through movement and performance look like to you?
RT: I love how communities emerge from doing things together : whether thats farming , or painting a mural, playing in a band, or dancing. As people become interested in learning more about their cultural roots, I also want to acknowledge that we have ancestral lineages that are important, and we also have our mutually chosen communities made from our life experiences.
In the creation of Dancing Earth , it involved bringing dreams to life in earthly form, which can be called choreography, and requires the involvement of other beings, other bodies . Not only as instruments of a vision, but as fully human collaborators. So there is always a gathering, that leads to another gathering , that involves existing communities, and weaves diverse people into becoming community, because what they experience together, for just that moment , or across lifetimes .
It can start with a workshop in a school where I see a young person with vibrant spark for movement, then inviting them to a summer institute, where they meet others like them. And we all grow together, making dances and music and costumes and stories and meals . These evolve into performances, which gather more people into the experience. And some of those audience witnesses then become students , or donate vegetables from their garden, or host a dancer in their home, or help build the props , or gather the plants to dye the repurposed T shirts which become costumes , or share stories that become the next dance.
So people become a creative community that morphs and shifts and changes shape and scale , in overlapping strands of connection, that are as strong and as delicate as a spiderweb, as brilliant as constellations in the night sky, as intertwined as roots. Community of movement looks to me like all the human and ecosystemic diversity - it feels like the cosmos !