mammal (save the date)

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Costume for Mammal by Christine Joly de Lotbinniere

Last year I wrote this about the new dance I am building, called The Traveler (terra incognita), part of my new solo work, Little Fictions, Ragged Memoirs, which will premiere in Cambridge at the Dance Complex in June 2016.

It is a dance that is chewing me up.  It is so hard, physically and emotionally, that I am often afraid to rehearse it.  Tom Waits’s music is like the mule driver and the light in the dark. Working on this dance, I enter through a door that I hope won’t explode and find myself sometimes in a mine field, other times in a field of flowers.  It is the music, but mostly what comes slithering and snapping out of my body.”

This year I have been opening another door to a new work called Mammal.  Initially called it Beast, but felt that Mammal was a roomier title, one that had space for the ferocious and the tender.  The dance is still downloading, but the essence is there.

I will be performing an excerpt of Mammal January 17 at the Booking Dance Festival in New York City.  Here are the details.  I will post times and ticket information shortly.  Please save the date.  Please come!

January 17
5:30-11:30 pm

The Allen Room
Frederick P. Rose Hall
Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center

Located in the Time Warner Building at Central Park’s Columbus Circle
Broadway & West 60th St.
New York City




to gladden the heart


What Actions are most excellent?

To gladden the heart of a human being.
To feed the hungry.
To help the afflicted.
To lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful.
To remove the wrongs of the injured.
That person is the most beloved of God
who does the most good to God’s creatures.

~  Muhammad ~

For the past three years I have been studying Somatic Experiencing, the trauma healing work developed by Dr. Peter Levine.  We are currently in the final Advanced module of that training, focusing on touch.  After all of the lectures, the practice sessions, the questions, the confusion, the flashes of insight, this poem is what the training cooks down to.  Helping others feel better.  Simple as that.  We have a lot of tools and perhaps the most important of those is our focused intention, our desire to create a space where balance and coherence can emerge.

I will be working with clients using Somatic Experiencing in combination with the other tools of Somatic Movement Therapy, including the possibility of working with horses in a therapeutic context.

Contact me for more information or to make an appointment.

the detour strategy


Loiter.  Linger.  Pause

The path is not straight

but curved, scalloped,


embellished with apertures of

time and space

that open when we

look around

for the deeper mysteries

that nestle in the small


unintended moments –

those not tethered to the

carrot and stick of

immediate demand

but rather

waiting to be discovered

in the savoring of

now now now.

this is worth sharing

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I am a big fan of Maria Popova and her blog Brain Pickings.  In the world of self-absorbed, politicizing, opinionizing writing, her blog is the one that provides real portals for investigation, learning, reflection.

Her latest post on her 9 Learnings is worth a close read – more than one, in fact.  So is her interview with Krista Tippett, on On Being, who calls her a “cartographer of meaning in a digital age.”

If you haven’t visited Brain Pickings, you are in for a treat.  If you have, you know what I mean.