Helping Dances

the helping dance logo: handpainted sign by Neil Marcus

Neil and I love each other, and we love to move. But we can no longer move the way we used to - our bodies are getting older, more painful, less flexible. So we would love to ask for your help. Can you lend us your strength, your ability, your care, your attention?

Every week or so, in public places, parks, street corners, join Neil Marcus, Margit Galanter, Sadie Wilcox, Chia-Yi Seetoo, Petra Kuppers, Lisa Steichmann, Katherine Mancuso, Joy Cosculluela, Mark Romoser, Christian Nagler, Cassie Thornton, Stephen Lichty, John Sullivan, and other friends as we enact interdependence. Together, and in somatic flow, we activate thoughts and emotions about the network of helper economies we are part of, and their relations to issues of class, age, ethnicity, race, disability and sexuality. Experience the joy of helping, respectfully.

Each action will take about 15 minutes. What we will do afterward, how you will translate what transpired, is open. There may be writing, or visual art practice, or more dancing, or resting. Usually, we'll decamp for dinner somewhere afterward, and the dinner will be pay-what-you-can, subsidized for low-income participants.

lots of people on the ground, supporting a trio of people moving in the middle

First Dates:

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012 6pm, Willard Park, Berkeley

Thursday May 31st, 5.00, with repeats till 6ish, Church Divinity School of the Pacific Courtyard: 2450 LeConte Ave, Berkeley, CA 94709 (during the registration time of the Pedagogy and Theatre of the Oppressed Conference).

Thursday, June 7th, 6pm, People's Park, Berkeley

plus many dates throughout summer 2012 to spring 2013

one woman leaning back into a group of people

two wheelchairs, empty, frame a group of people focused into their middle

a number of people sprawling on the grass after an action

sadie wilcox, bart andronicus, neil marcus and petra kuppers at Sierra Hot Springs Olimpias retreat, hanging out

 

Here's the handout, and invitation to respond/participate/become part of this, even from a distance:

Helping Dances

We are Neil and Petra. We love each other, and we love to move. But we can no longer move the way we used to - our bodies are getting older, more painful, less flexible. So we would love to ask for your help. Can you lend us your strength, your ability, your care, your attention?
Every week or so, in public places, parks, street corners, join us as we (The Olimpias: A Performance Research Project: www.olimpias.org) enact interdependence. Experience the joy of helping, respectfully.
Thank you.

Here is some space for you. You can answer or express yourself however you like, in poetry, story, doodling, song or movement. You can share your response with us here at the meeting, or else email anything you’d like us to know to: helpingdances@umich.edu.

1. Many people have a hard time asking for help: we are supposed to be strong, independent and competent, even through few of us can live up to that ideal. What physical act can we do for you right now?

2. Who has helped you a lot? 

3. Do you have some thoughts on helping and receiving help that you would like to share?

dancing group with Helping Dances logo in the back, in public park Amber and Mara in People's Park

Helping Dance in Washington, DC, on the National Mall- August 2012

group of people supporting each other, drapped over each other

group of people after a dance, relaxed, smiling

Helping Dance at the University of Hawaii Manoa, April 2013, photo: Mareva Minerbi

circle of people sitting in the sunshine, preparing for action

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