Oh Dear! Elevator speeches are not my jam but if you care to take a ride, step inside...
At Connect to Create we use the term Somatic to reflect our commitment to unearthing the body’s intelligence. Our own, and that of the students, artists, and community members with whom we train and create. A commitment to a somatic education means constantly reminding ourselves that, more often than not, our brain is the last to know.
Somatics is trust mingled with curiosity. Trust that I can sense directly through my tissues, bones, organs, muscles, cells… Curiosity to learn something new. Somatics is an invitation to sense in ALL the ways.
I study the body’s systems and potentiality, alongside the images and preferences I have spent a lifetime amassing in my attempts to make sense of our shared world. As I age - and to quote the playwright Eugéne Ionesco - When things stop happening they happen fast! I find myself doubling down on somatics and a desire that my learning - once again - be intricately woven with movement. Just as it was in those early years when I learned more than I ever would again…. A babe in and out of arms without language.
So, dear ones, who are still in this elevator with me as I press my finger into this “door open” button: somatics isn’t a thing, but an overlapping of values that, on a good day, locate us living inside questions, quite often on a horizontal plane, in a sacred nap somewhere between yield, push, reach, pull, and the knowledge that nothing - not a single flourishing thing - is worth doing without support.