The principal of equivalence refers not just to an attitude to things outside of ourselves—respect for nature, and others—but to components within as well. This principle, as an active consciousness, helps response-ability-—i.e., the ability to respond with more resilience, more options, more variety and creativity. We can expand our repertoire of things we can do and achieve. Each organism, each element can move towards its own more Optimal Function. It is much more productive than living with ideals. It opens doorways to very creative thinking.
Training is thus a life-practice, an ethical practice, and a creative practice, as well as a practice which can help in times of illness or dis-ease.
Sometimes, though, the work can be very ordinary: providing relief from muscular pain; or a change of thinking. The difference in these instances lies in the depth of transformation and how supported, effective and integrated such trasnformations can be.
The principle of Equivalence is a very basic tenet of shamanism, and to many indigenous peoples.
Living with this principle demands respect for all existence. Where are our prejudices? Do we prefer body to mind, endings to beginnings? Ageing vs. birthing, motion vs. restriction, the self vs. the landscape around us. We all carry prejudices of which we need to be aware, because every incompleteness is (potentially) a violation. A beginner step is to accept our complexities, and what cannot be solved.
This takes practice.
This is a 3 minute video of my major project, Anthems and Angels
It is concerned with the memories and experiences of refugees.
Its process matches my intention to pay respect to what often gets censored or ignored (memories, sights, sounds, smells, kinetic sensations).
If everything is potentially of equal value, then sound, space, bodies, are already as important as any word or action. My training process he training works hard to allow performers to perceive what is there to help them (the substance of space, the walls singing), but also what needs to be listened to (knowledge in the wind, songs in the blood, history in the floorboards).
I am lucky to be working with several extraordinary collaborators, Timothy Constable (performer/musician) and Mike Chin (composer/film-maker, Tokyo Love-In) amongst them.
Watch this space!
(You can find out more about this project by using the wordpress navigation under ‘Performance’.)