Listening to Burnt Point. Rosedale --an invitation to a dialogue. Draft #1 of footage taken at Rosedale on the south coast of NSW in the aftermath of the ferocious 2020 bushfires Video shoot: March 2020 Edit: May 27. Movement: Zsuzsi Soboslay Video: Sam James, Shimmerpixel.
Homage to Rosedale. With Sam James, first reconnoitre on the NSW South Coast following the bushfires. Photo and video: Samuel James, Shimmerpixel.
For International Dance Day, 2020. Sometimes our dance is about grief... Film and video by Samuel James, Shimmerpixel
I lay in my bath, at the end of a long-road day, feeling sore and tired, glad to be held by the water. I came to an understanding that what feels restful is often not about feeling 'in retreat'. I feel the support of water across all my limbs, my lower back, my upper back, [...]
I perceive the body as a microcosm of all this. I believe the body’s polyrhythm [complex of rhythms] is a key to health, to flow. I hear the rhythms of the internal body as a kind of orchestra. It doesn’t all play in the same time or tone. I tune into this orchestra and try [...]
The role of the shaman has always been to cross the border into the realm of the not-yet-know and bring it back into cognition. Along the way, the shaman may encounter cultural or emotional taboos. It is one reason why the healer exists—to cross the border, retrieve missing information, find links, act as guide. [...]
One day, in clinic, someone came to see me whose tract of land was poisoned, and by reading the “map” of her land from the energy in her body, I was able to help her plan strategies to cleanse the water and soil. To a scientist, this might sound spurious, but I tell you: [...]
APPROACHING THE CONDITION OF JOY Spinoza, whose philosophy of being-in-the-world includes concepts of joy and sorrow which contribute to or detract from our quality of engagement in the world-- outlines two types of joy which are useful to consider. One type is partial, and the other is more of an overarching condition which has [...]
Working with Soft TimeTime is an exercise in relativity. One moment is dinner in New York, but breakfast in Australia. We live on one globe, but in many segments of time. Our bodies, too, whilst being present, are also forward and back in time. We anticipate, and we re-member; we look ahead, and back. In [...]