SWAN: a poetical inquiry in dance, text, & memoir (Hieros Gamos, ‘divine union’)
La practica e filosophia di L. Martina Young
Dance Artist / Movement Investigator!
Dancing as a way of being (ontology/ontologia) ~
Every part of a body is an intelligent organ,— perceptive, poetic in its relational acumen, thinks
by feeling, and feels by heart. Night and day, life is noted, breathed in, breathed out,— notitia
imprinted and exuded through skin and membrane. Wholly articulate in its sensual brilliance, in its
wounded grace, bodies translate corporeal compassion. Always empathic, always intact, a body
moves toward balance even in brokenness. Dancing thus raises being to another level.
Dancing as a way of knowing/not (epistemology/epistemologia) ~
Throughout the lifespan, our bodies offer a portal, a return to the content of ourselves,--
primordial content that links, negotiates, and integrates the actualities and necessities of our
human-being-here. Dancing along the divide between life and death, every move embodies such
Dancing as somaesthetic & poetic practice (somàtica estetica e poetica) ~
As a generative and generous act, a dancing body is both the pause and the punctuation that
engenders meaning in experiences,— every moment a detail of life being lived, considered--
through felt image, specific and non-specific memory, rhythm, and through the spontaneous
relationships made with one’s body/soul, with and without the world.
Photograph by Anne Murray
Arte Studio Ginestrelle, Italy 2014
“The green and vermillion glow catches fire, shoots rays, pulsates, subsides, rises again,
exploding, all in utter silence”
~ excerpt, “Passages” Giovanni Pascoli
“[Like] a ray of light, gesture reflects all that passes in the soul.
[For memory], let it be divined, revealed by gesture.”
~ François Delsarte