If you’re a flow artist living in a place that’s sometimes windy I’d encourage you to get out and play in those conditions. [I understand this can be very difficult with lighter hoops]. I’ve found that training in the wind, particularly throws and contact (poi), as well as juggling (clubs), is an excellent practice for strengthening my somatic and intuitive awareness of prop movement and interface with my body. It can get frustrating at times but you’re essentially putting-into-motion a pyramidal assemblage of your body-mind complex, prop, and wind (not including the force of gravity). The wind is a partner with which you may enter into co-creative dance and mutual exploration.
Give thanks to the wind. Give thanks to the rain.
I got to explore this at the beach one time. I would do a shoulder roll/toss with my hoop and the wind would blow it to the opposite side of my body in time for me to catch it with my hand. The wind even made it possible to make the hoop “hover” a little longer in spots, depending on the direction of my toss, it was so much fun.
Was cruising the Flow/Tech poi Videos page and came up on this little gem. Here is Chantelle Renee Clark. This is some serious tech here! Supeman transitions, some neat tosses and horizontal Parisi-esque tracers! The autumn leaves and the river are amazing and always make me miss the fall on the east coast. Keep it up!
Chantelle and I were just talking about this blog and they went and posted her video this morning! too cool. Chantelle is the bestest
This is a piece I’m really proud of. Forged Creations, a flow arts company that makes custom fire fans, staves, and fire eating tools, had a logo contest. They chose my entry as the winner! As a prize I get $150 to spend in their etsy store, so excited! Just in time to start practicing some fan spinning before FLAME 2013 :)