In time-based art forms, so much of what is learned is passed down hand to hand in shared time and space. Lineage, which is traditionally associated with one's ancestral line, can be considered in broader terms. Art lineage and art tribe were the terms one of my teachers, Barbara Dilley, used. I like these words and use them often.
I honor the people and communities who gave me the gift of their knowledge, presence, and abiding attention. I had the privilege to work with exquisite teachers and if you find yourself in a class, coaching session, or community art project with me, these people are inevitably and invisibly in the space with us: Wendell Beavers, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, Barbara Dilley, Ethelyn Friend, Joanna Merlin, Phelim McDermott, Ratnesh Nagda, Mary Overlie, Ted Pugh, Fern Sloan, and Steve Wangh. The communities of the Dance Art Lab, Michael Chekhov Association, Body Mind Centering, Critical Response Process, and Threshold Choir have also nurtured me. Their influence, and the influence of my ancestors - especially the cooks, seamstresses, builders, and artists - is ever-present.
Gratitude precedes happiness.