Posts Tagged ‘philosophy’

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Acrobatics and Adama

June 8, 2012

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On Thursday, May 24, Dance Jerusalem rode to Mizpe Ramon
to the middle of Israel’s Negev Desert to visit Hangar Adama.

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From my journal:

We had found ourselves in the desert, with the freedom to take whichever classes we wanted … Acrobalance abounded, and though muscular in nature, a heavy emphasis was put on trust … We slept collectively in one of the studios, but many other convention goers slept in tents under the stars … Everyone was friendly and willing to share knowledge, or a nice back massage … Balance, balance, acrobalance, balance … Muscles, joints, quiet…

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Batsheva Ensemble Auditions

February 11, 2012

I’ve been sick for four days now, with a constant fever and impossible nights of sleep. Violent chills alternated with what I considered the true meaning of what it is to sweat. I think it’s something like the flu. I’m taking care, don’t you worry. I tried running in the middle of the week, but was only met with fatigue. With high spirits though, I attended auditions today for the Batsheva Ensemble.

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Between Einstein and Cohen

December 1, 2011

My favorite things to find in my iPhoto library are those really short video clips that were taken by accident. I don’t know why they’re there or why I don’t delete them, but by now I have come to appreciate accidentally capturing a moment.

 

 

 

In the spirit of randomly terrible videos, I recorded myself moving from the fourth floor of the Boyar building at Rothberg to the area just outside the Forum at Hebrew Univeristy. I ran, I walked, I passed some people. I suppose my intent is to capture what the space between those places is like, and what it’s like to move through it. I disregarded the stillness of the camera, so feel free to stop watching it if it makes you sick. Or better yet, just fast forward to the end.

 

 

 

 

This statue(?) can be found at at least two locations on campus. I remember seeing it the first day, reading the quote, and not thinking too much of it. But today, I related it to a piece I’m learning in Repertory 4. It’s Idan Cohen’s Mad Siren, which is actually showing at the Suzanne Dellal Center in Tel Aviv the day after tomorrow.

 

 

In the repertory class, Melanie tells us that there’s never a movement that is in complete balance. She says that the dancers in the piece are constantly researching the limits of the movement, even in performance. Essentially, the more we keep moving, and the further we go into the movement, the more easily we’ll be able to find balance, and the more interesting the movement will look.

Riding a bicycle implies that you’re actually trying to find balance through motion, and that it won’t just come to you. Going through the movement in Cohen’s repertory, we try to find more depth, length, and distance each time, never settling for complete equilibrium. What a great metaphor for life. Live, move, and research. Enough is never enough. Go forth! Etcetera.

 

This is a video I took of a recreational bicycle event that happened during one of my trips to Tel Aviv. Such a whimsical moment of staging, if I do say so myself.

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Let us sit down and be patient.

November 30, 2011

“Let us rise up and be thankful, for if we didn’t learn a lot today, at least we learned a little, and if we didn’t learn a little, at least we didn’t get sick, and if we got sick, at least we didn’t die; so, let us all be thankful.” Buddha

“Let us sit down and be patient, for if you didn’t get a formal police report, at least you can still take time out of your busy schedule to file one, and if your student ID was in your wallet when you lost it, at least you can use your passport for identification, and if you can’t replace your student ID for free without a formal police report, at least you can pay 60 NIS for one, and if your credit cards were in your wallet when you lost it, at least you can cancel them and wait two to three weeks for replacements to come to Israel and have to borrow money from your friends in the meantime.” Carlo

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Israel did not steal my wallet.

November 26, 2011

I take full responsibility for having lost my wallet. Perhaps I was careless about which pocket to put it in or where on my body I was carrying my bag. But since I was walking in the crowded Old City today, I don’t rule out the fact that it might have been stolen.

In my wallet, I had my New Jersey driver’s license, my Rutgers ID, my Rothberg International School ID, my debit card, my credit card, a Blockbuster card, a Stop and Shop gift card, my coffee punch card for the cafe at the Academy. I also lost a traveler’s check and a sum of cash.

I was NOT carrying my US Passport and my health insurance card, so those items are still safe.

Here are the steps I took once I realized my wallet was missing:

  • I retraced my steps in the Old City and asked the shopkeepers if they had seen it.
  • I reported the incident to the police—and half in Hebrew!
  • When I got back to the kfar, I called the bank to cancel the cards and had replacements sent to my home in New Jersey.
  • I emailed the Office of Student Activities to ask what I should do for temporary and replacement identification around campus.
  • I emailed my parents to explain the situation, so they could forward my new cards to Jerusalem.

Even though I usually find my wallet when I misplace it, I wasn’t upset in deciding that my wallet was lost for good this time. I think the most upsetting thing was that the wallet itself had sentimental value.

And even though I remained level-headed about losing my wallet, many thoughts still ran through my mind. After I had backtracked the day’s events to the last moment I had my wallet, I began to visit all of the day’s events. I wondered, “Would I have done that if I knew my wallet would end up missing?” I listed.

  • Would I have kept my wallet in my pocket instead of my bag?
  • Would I have carried my bag a different way?
  • Would I have picked this day to randomly buy souvenirs?
  • Would I have spent money on chocolate?
  • Would I have agreed to go to the Old City?
  • Would I have taken out less money at the ATM?
  • Would I have tipped the tour guide?
  • Would I have left the apartment at all this morning?
  • Would I have done my laundry today instead?
  • Would I have just stayed in bed?

I let my mind wander to these places. And when I crossed the idea of staying in bed, I stopped. My mind was going somewhere I knew was ridiculous. I laughed and said, “Oh yeah.”

“This is why I’m so understanding…” So I lost my wallet. It’s okay. You can’t live your life scared that something’s going to happen to you, or that you’re going to make a mistake. Things happen, and you learn from them. There are always solutions to your problems. And if not, there are always ways around them.

Also, I just KNEW there was a reason why I decided to collect the Internet bills late from everyone, and why my roommates were taking their time getting back to me. It looks like I won’t be completely out of money. Things have a funny way of working themselves out.

I consider this a [self-indulgent?] spiritual experience, but I digress.

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Cunningham and Cage

November 16, 2011

Cunningham

In light of recent posts expressing a few of my frustrations, I must take the time to explain one of the many enjoyments I have here. I adore the two classes I take in Cunningham technique. There is something calm, clean, and common sensical about it, which closely parallels the way I prefer to live, it seems. I approach the use of my body objectively, with regards to shape, energy, and muscularity.

“Be in the present.” A philosophy we use in regards to focus and efficiency of movement, and perfectly applicable to life in general.

 

Cage

“Cage” is simply for the sake of a fun title. I’d like to announce that I am still in search for a musician to work with in the process of producing choreography this year. The Cage to my Cunningham, if you will. I look forward to working with live music this year, and I need to prepare accordingly in my creative plans.

While there’s still time before I find someone, do any readers out there have any advice regarding this type of collaboration?

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On the Phenomena of Want and Need

October 10, 2011

Yom Kippur, the “Day of Atonement,” is said to be the holiest day in Judaism. It is a day to demonstrate one’s repentance at a last chance to be written in “the book of life.” One of the rituals of Yom Kippur is a fast that lasts approximately 25 hours, from sunset to sunset. But what does all of that mean to me?

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