Tel Aviv, 2015


Day 59/60

Gaga with Yaniv

 

Moving, with the brain imagining you are running or jumping fast, but the body only moving slowly.

Moving, with the braining imagining you are standing or sitting still, but the body is moving.

The two moving, physically is the same speed and range, but observe how the imagining changes the physical sensations, and how does it affect the efficiency or the amount of energy we use.

For example, sometimes we are sitting in a bus but thinking about something that just overwhelms us, we can start sweating but actually we are just sitting in the bus.


Day 57/60

Gaga Methodic with Shani

 

In two:

Massaging partner with hands, really massaging into the flesh, be sensitive to the skin. The one being massaged just feel, letting the flesh melt, feel free to shift weight or let the movement of massage echo in your body. Let be, explore how the experience still moves your body. Echoes inside. The other observe how the partner explores and make it their own.

Switch.

When both have experienced. Be on your own, and invite the movement that is already there. Easy, with pleasure, if it is hurting then don't do. Move with ease, can be faster but still with ease.

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One is floating, moving with energy, the other is observing and with generosity and love, touch with hand the place that is not moving or blocked in the body. First give space and time to go into movement, then touch. Slowly increase touch, and let the echo overlap. Then let be for the one being touched to explore more of this in the body.

Switch.

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One is standing still, the other initiate a force into the partner's body. Ride on the force, and the partner initiates another and another. Overlap the forces, but don't let the body collapse, it is still full of energy and texture and floating. Increase the initiating of forces, faster, and overlapping the movements more. Then Let be to experience more.

Switch.

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Moving the skin on our body: chest, arms, fingers, belly, head......

Notice the skin can separate from the bones. Pull the skin and slide between the bones.

Move, inside the pulling of skins, big skin. The skin is stretching, like a big suit.


Day 57/60

Gaga dancer with Erez

 

"MAKO": Giving in, surrendering, letting go without collapsing.

Exercise 1 for 2 people- One moving and floating. The other surrendering and sensing the space and energy around. Sensitive with all the skin, letting the energy penetrate you without touching.

Exercise for 1- Tendu practice. Shifting weight from one leg to another, sensitive toe and sensitive touch to the first touch of the ground. When shifting weight, pica is lifting, the other foot pushing the ground, penetrating the whole body then giving weight to the toe, then to the ground.

 

Exercise 2 for 2 people- Two hands touching, pushing and receiving. The receiving let the much penetrate with the whole body including the head, the neck, the arms, the shoulder blades, the spine, the waist, the pelvis, the legs, the angles, the toes...... Pushing from the floor, turning vertical forces into horizontal forces. Pushing the other with every part of the body. Stay grounded. How much strength and explosive power can you take from the floor and use?

Exercise for 1- One person but using the experience and body memory of the 2 people exercise. Use the push from the floor to create explosive moments. Snap into movement. You can be hardly moving but ready to snap.

 


Day 56/60

Gaga Methodic with Guy

 

Ball movements everywhere in the body, joints:

 

Tracing imaginary ball:

Systematically, tracing with 16 clear directions.

Tracing with points in the body, unsystematically. Overlapping tracing in different body parts. Play with the size of the ball , play with textures of the trace, play with tracing and moving into new space, play with starting new traces without finishing.

 

The power of silly dance:

 


Day 55/60

Gaga with Gili 

 

Exercise for two:

Resisting v.s. Receiving. Hands, chest, more areas of the body.

Touching one place on partner's body, changing texture from the spot. Let the texture travel, be clear where the texture goes, where it is thick, and the place it leaves return to soft and fluid.

Closed eyes, texture travels from one spot to another by touch, increasing speed, overlapping.


Day 54/60 

Gaga with Shahar

 

Shifting to falling, falling to receiving the floor, moving into new shifting, overlapping new beginning.


Day 50/60

Gaga with Ohad Naharin

 

Being very weak and using 100% of the engine to move. Survival.

v.s.

Having a strong engine and using 30% of the engine to move. Efficiency.

v.s.

Being weak and using only 50% of the engine to move.

v.s.

Having a strong engine and using 100% of the engine to move. Explode.

 

Even when using 30% of engine, the whole body stay sensitive and aware. Nowhere is numb. 

 

What is the range of my engine size? Is it possible to exaggerate more? To be clear how much of the engine I use in what condition. Can I keep the energy radiating even when I only use 15% of the engine?

When we are weak and we can not move but trying to move to survive. How does it feel? Physically and mentally. The physical sensation triggers an uncomfortable emotion. This emotional and physical unfamiliar territory. A space we rarely tap into. As a dancer, and as a person who is exploring one's capability, trying to unveil one's deeper potentials, are you willing to go into that space knowing it could be uncomfortable?

Yes.

2015.7.30

Let the bones decide how far the body gets(practice with trendus, and practice stretching the bones/using the muscles to carry the bones. Notice the sensation and compare the actual difference of distance.), not let the muscles tense up to hold the bones. Hence stretching the bones inside flesh. Finding the gap between them. The distance of how far the bones stretch increase. If you feel the difference now, imagine after six month, how much more you can pull.

 


Day 49/60

Gaga with Shahar

Massage but let the energy moves through the rest of the body, keep the Lena active to support lower back, and so the organs don't collapse inside. Let the massaging travel, not just massaging in one place.

 

Find ball movements in the sit bones. Find ball movements in both heels. Let the four of them working, initiating the movement in the body. Then starting to add ball movement in lower ribs...

 

Lie on the ground. Find ball movements in shoulder blades, head.

 

Lifting the back, keeping only sitting bones and head touching the ground and initiating the movement.

How can you massage the head with the ball movement?

 

Lie facing to the ground, arms supporting upper body. The lower ribs are touching the ground, find ball movement here. Then in the chest. 

Lifting the body, but the head, knees and arms are touching the ground, supporting. Find ball movements from these supporting places.

 

Allowing change of momentum, sometimes fast sometimes slow. Use ball movements everywhere.

 

2015.7.29


Day 48/60

Gaga with Ohad Naharin

 

Sending the energy:

Into the floor, giving in to gravity. Even when being still, there are things traveling. Focus on the energy, imagine energy leaving your body, from the core through your every pore of your skin. Send the energy away from you, let it reach far. Open your eyes.

Reverse it. Now absorbing the energy from outside, taking in, into your core. Close your eyes. It is a state very similar to sleep.

Reverse it again.

Find this traveling energy in the body, in many places, not just in one. Let it move you. Don't just focus in one place. Allow them to happen in many places at the same time. Press into the floor, give in, to move. Keep sending the energy away, spread into space.

If water falls on the floor, gravity turns into horizontal forces, the water spreads on the floor. Let the body not be taken by gravity, let it spread in the space, expanding.

Slowly find your way up, keep this flow of energy moving even when standing. This openness, reaching far, giving and continue opening.

 

The moment of wow:

When looking at an amazing sunset. When tasting something delicious.

When dancing some complicated dance? Can it only happen when dancing difficult dance? Can it happen when we are doing something that is so simple? 

Find the moment of wow in you. Try doing very little, but let there be wow. It doesn't need to be beautiful in the form, but when you are in the moment of wow, you are beautiful.

 

Drumming and singing:

Drumming to invoke pain. This temporary physical pain from hitting the skin. Really do drum. Even with an emotion, like anger. The drumming is fast, short. It is cutting, breaking. 

Now sing together. And not let the singing be taken by the drumming. Sing with a vast feeling, radiating. Singing is like the energy spreading from you to the world, it is the same as when we meditate with the body. Sing and give so much, give so much of love. Sing with drumming, keep opening when physically feeling the pain, not let the pain stop you from giving and loving.

2015.7.27

Trager Method Demonstration:

The power of imagination creating space and relaxation in the body.


Day 47/60

Gaga with Ohad Naharin

 

Setting a default:

Floating, not taken by gravity. Play with parts taken by gravity and parts not. Check every part of the body.

Let energy travel in you and through you, penetrating you.

 

Focused awareness and vast awareness:

Dance to someone, someone dearest to you, even more dear to yourself. Dance to him, be totally focused on him, but keep awareness of the rest of the world. Still be open to the space behind you, the people moving in space, the sounds, the music. Stay deeply connected to him, and stay alert and aware of everything else. And keep dancing.

 

Being the centre of the world v.s. Being a part of the world:

Dance like you are the centre of the world. Then dance like you are a part of the world.

You are always a part of the world. Let the awareness expand.

2015.7.26


Day 44/60

從愛沙尼亞返回特拉維夫的第一天。

愛的旅程帶來的愛的啟發,我在愛之中舞蹈。

 

我希望愛是舞的動力

讓愛舞動愛

 

所有身體的練習是為了表達愛

千千萬萬種變化的愛的樣貌

 

身體的練習不是為了比賽

是為了更貼近自己的心

像是洋蔥被剝去一層又一層皮

我們更赤裸的展現自己

我們燦爛的靈魂

 

記得

身體的自然

身體自然的表達愛

身體以同樣的質地將愛展現在你的舞之中

生活的身體

舞動的身體

一樣的身體

多麼每好

你的舞未曾停歇

 

2015.7.23


Day 27/60

Dancing is meditation. Dancing is prayer.

 

身體是心靈的一面鏡子

內在的狀態顯現在身體的狀態

舞蹈,是覺察身體狀態的方法

透過覺察身體,你正在覺察心靈

 

身體的舞蹈就是心靈的舞蹈

身體各部位儲藏了心靈各種訊息

整理身體就是在整理心靈

每天,新訊息進入身體

烙印在心靈地圖裡

你透過舞蹈覺察心靈世界的樣貌

 

打開通道讓身體為心靈說話

然後你與心靈的訊息對話

 

身體儲藏的訊息超越時空

你能夠不斷進入

以無數種方式連結

你與身體的關係越親密

身體告訴你的越多

 

什麼是與身體親密?

 

如何整理身體?

你整理的是現在的身體,是過去的身體,還是未來的身體?

 

什麼是心靈的舞蹈?

當身體為心靈舞動

當心靈的訊息透過身體的舞動化作質地、形狀、節奏

當無形進入有形

當你可以看見

當意識透過身體這個媒介聚焦在特定的能量上

當不可觸及的成為可觸及的

 

為何舞動心靈?

你正在舞動你生命的能量

你正在有意識地覺察你自己

你正在運作、改變

當你有意識地改變你的舞蹈

你也改變了你的命運

 

如何讓無形成為有形?

當身體讓出這個空間,而成為媒介,通道。

 

生活與舞蹈有所不同嗎?

你用同一個身體生活著、舞動著

你的舞動隨時隨地掌握著你的命運

2015.7.6


Day 26/60

Gaga with Uri

 

1.

You don't try to create all the movements, it is so much work, and it is so much tension in the body.

You simply "let go" into movement. Let it happen. It is already in you.

 

2.

Touching the lower ribs in the front chest, feeling the spine inside moving in relation to the ribs.

Touching the back of the ribs. Do the same. See how the spine can move.

 

'Float' your rib cage from the inside, like a balloon, and still be free in the chest, shoulders, arms, pelvis and legs. How does it change the way you move? 

Drop the rib cage back to place. See the difference in how you move.

 

3.

Bending knees, becoming lower to the ground. Finding movement in the pelvis, knees, ankles. 

Keep letting go. Let the movement just happen. Keep listening.

Now let the movement travel from your feet to only the pelvis, keep the upper part of the body floating.

Let the movement travel to your waist. 

Let the movement travel to your rib cage, to your chest.

Let the movement travel to your shoulder.

Let the movement travel to your neck.

To your arms,

In every molecule, like water, like electricity, like fire.

Let it penetrate through you, from your feet upwards.

Finally let it travel through your head. It passes through your head, it keeps traveling into the space above you.

Let go and let the movement take over you.

Let it expand into the space around you.

Keep letting go, allowing more and more.

 

4.

Lying on the back. Float the arms in the air.

Lifting one arm higher, see the distance between the shoulder blades and the ground.

Try lifting the other arm.

Play with the space that keeps changing there. How are the arms effected by the changing space.

 

5.

Walk.

Walking.

Walking in space.

And keep asking yourself what is making this happen?

It's only the legs that moving you?

The back of your knee is also activated,

the skin of your arms is also involved in this walking,

your neck, 

the ears,

find more places in your body that is activated in this walking.

All of them working together to walk.

Feel that they are very alive, you don't need to do anything more, just see that they are very much alive.

 

Now they are working together to let this walking happen.

Then, try isolating them, let them work individually, in its own directions. Like they have a mind of its own. 

Allowing so much happening on its own in the body.

 

6.

Try, with the arms in the air. Using only one engine to activate them. Only one engine.

Then try with many engines working together.

 

Try with the whole body, only one engine.

Then try with many engines. All happening together.

 

Try one engine, amplify it. Then take it down, lower the volume.

Try with many engines, amplify. Let go to allow them to happen naturally. Then take them down again, lower the volume, but keep them alive, just more contained inside you. Less visible, but they are very much active.

 

7.

"I enjoyed so much this class. It felt like I was dreaming. My body was doing a lot of things, but I wasn't trying hard or pushing. I was just watching, and my body was effortless. 

2015.7.5


Day 24/60

Gaga with Tamir

 

The skin,

Kissing between thighs,

kissing between knees,

kissing between sitting bones,

kissing between the soft skins.

 

Kissing between the inner side of arms and the body,

kissing with the elbows,

kissing with hands,

kissing with the palms.

 

Kissing all over,

and the body respond to the kissing,

moving into all kinds of kissing moves.

 

Feel the air around touching your skin.

 

The hands dancing with each others, dancing with air around.

Let the hands dance to your face, closely but never touching. Caressing the think air between.

2015.7.3


Day 22/60

Gaga class.

A very smooth ride this morning, the movements and music weaving together nicely.

The mind is alert, focused, fresh and clear.

The body is ready and feeling spacious.

One of those amazing days.

2015.7.1


Discovery of Ilan Lev Method.

Drawing connections among Ilan Lev, Gaga, Vinyasa, Chi Gong, and biodynamic breath work.

What is cooking inside me?

2015.7.1


Day 21/60

Vinyasa

以視線感知前方空間,視野所觸及範圍,整個空間的存在感。

想像你的後腦勺也有一雙眼,對等的,覺察著身體後方的空間。

感受前方、後方與你身體的距離感,這個無形又確實的存在。

然後感受前方與後方眼睛,在頭腦之間的距離,

在這個距離之間呼吸。

 

肌膚之間,

胸口與背部之間,

腹部與腰背之間,

膝蓋與膝窩之間,

動靜之間,

關注著肌膚之間的呼吸。

 

無論你做什麼,

溫柔的照顧你的身體,

身體將回應你的溫柔,

你用你的溫柔與整個世界對話。

 

肌膚,是你感知的窗口,

千千萬萬個窗口。

你從千千萬萬的窗口看見整個宇宙。

(At Yoga Levontin, with Matan)


Dance of the skin

 

Through the skin, the pores, sensing space in all directions.

The skin qualities:

Soft,

melting,

tight,

thick,

smooth...

 

How does the skin qualities change the space inside you?

How does it change the way you move in space?

 

What happens when the qualities change? From soft to tight, from thick to melting?

What kind of energy is triggered, exposed and released?

 


Seeing through the skin.

What if we see through the windows of skin?

And let it be a dance of seeing?


Day 21/60

因愛而動

你已經無法不因愛而動

 

那是什麼樣的愛?

存在你細胞之中,推動著你的慾望,引你走向冒險之林。

一旦你體驗過那樣的愛,

你再也無法虛偽的生活,

你將只臣服於愛。

 

那是什麼樣的愛?

推動著星辰、宇宙,使生命延續。

你在無聲之中聽見,

愛無所不在。

 

允許愛充滿,

愛一直是充滿著。

 

你就是愛,

愛在你心臟跳動,

愛滋養你,

愛就是你。

 

愛,

安住在愛之中。

2015.6.30


Finding space between bones, softening the flesh.

Play with the space between body parts: the head, chin, shoulders, armpits...

Play with the distance, changing, pulling closer, stretching, keep changing.

 

Transform the exploration of movement into meditation.

Connect the body parts with subject of meditation.

 

 

How to make the mind spacious in this moving meditation?

How to make the body spacious though moving meditation?

The body becomes a mirror of the inner state.

An idea is transformed into physical form.

Forms are connected by love into movement.

 

You can transform,

by changing your mind, then the change manifest in your body.

If you pay attention to your body, how it moves, notice what kind of pattern it follows.

If you know the strength and weakness in your body,

pay attention, it is where you should place your awareness,

You can change the pattern of your movement, consciously,

then there would be new space between forms, thoughts,

there would be seconds, moments of emptiness between them.

There would be silence, when entering the unfamiliar, the mystery of new space.

If you keep changing your pattern, staying aware of how you move,

if you keep changing,

entering again and again into the unfamiliar,

Ride with this awareness, 

let it guide you into the deep forest.

Become a mystic dance.

2015.6.30


Day 18/60

Feeling loved. 在身體與心靈的每一個角落。

愛使人臣服。


創造自己的神話吧!

進入屬於自己的神話故事,

在精神世界裡構築那藍圖,

然後帶著信任進入你所創造的世界,

你完全是為「此」而來,

而「所有」也是為你。

2015.6.27


Day 7/60

It would be a shame to experience this alone.

 

我看見舞蹈帶給人們的幸福,

舞者、非舞者、老人、小孩、男人、女人...

只要想跳舞,就能走進這裡。

舞蹈屬於每個想要經驗它的人。

 

這個世界上存在一種最原始的舞蹈,

在我們的細胞裡,

我們只需要將身體打開,

舞蹈自然會開始。

 

獨自前往異鄉習舞時,

只有自己享受到舞蹈的狂喜,

獨享是孤單的。

我想像有一天能將舞蹈的美好分享給心愛的人。

 

我想我不是為了自己而來,

而是代表整個宇宙而來,

而那快樂也屬於所有人。

2015.6.16


Day 6/60

Good morning to the ocean!

One of the truly amazing thing of dancing at the studio is that the ocean is always dancing with us.

 

When we connect to the water in our bodies, 

it is as if the ocean is within us,

and around us.

It is as if we have become the waves in the ocean.

 View from the Suzy Studio.

View from the Suzy Studio.

 Studio on the ground floor. Just before evening classes.

Studio on the ground floor. Just before evening classes.

What is it that moves us?

 

Life is a flow of movements.

We are the moving, we are being moved,

we have never been completely solid,

in every way of existing.

 

Movement is us,

it's in every molecule,

and in the space between every molecule.

2015.6.15


Day 5/60

神也在這個日落裡。

 Mediterranean sea. 

Mediterranean sea. 

2015.6.14


Day 4/60

Diving into blue, melting in ice-cream.

2015.6.13


Day 3/60

味蕾之舞。

猶太人安息日的預備,加上同性戀遊行日,街上到處都是人。

早上在家附近散步,逛進了超市。最愛逛超市了!從食物能看見當地人的生活,我站在整櫃的新鮮醬料前徹底的被迷住了,五顏六色繽紛的醬料讓人想一一品嚐,配麵包嗎?煮麵搭配的醬汁嗎?沙拉的調味嗎?腦海裡浮現出各種料理的畫面。但是醬料旁邊寫的全是希伯來文,總不能整櫃買回家試吧!心裡盼望著有一天能嚐嚐各種醬料做出的料理,下次來超市就知道要買什麼了。

離開超市不到一百公尺願望就實現了,我走進一間小餐廳,桌上擺滿各種醬料做成的新鮮料理,全是蔬菜、水果、根莖類與香料植物的料理,以Buffet的形式,我每種都夾了一口,想嚐遍所有味道。這是味蕾的天堂,香料、醬料與新鮮食材美好的結合,每一口都是驚喜,酸的、甜的、軟的、脆的、涼的、溫熱的,食物豐富的口感在嘴裡跳舞。

我沒有回到超市,反而想到昨天室友帶我去的市集,市集裡瀰漫香料的味道,也許可以在那裡找到想要的食材。

事實上市集更貼近人,有一種親切的生活感。我喜歡跟著人走,看看當地人去哪裡買東西就跟著去看,最後來到這間小店,裡面熱絡的擠滿了人,店員正讓一位客人試吃醃菜,隨後也主動切了片起司給我試吃。很喜歡這裡從容、溫馨的感覺,而且我找到了想要的醬料與食材。

2015.6.12

身體與土地的連結,透過食物。

大地的養分都在這些蔬菜水果裡,

吃,

是一個慶典。

土地的養分和身體融為一體,

整個土地支持著我們的靈魂。


Day 2/60

回身體的家。

'Hello my love, here we dance.'

Connect with the happy flesh of your body,

find the giggles,

and listen,

to how it echoes inside you.

2015.6.11


Day 1/60

特拉維夫,佈滿光影的城市,神秘、古老又充滿生命力。

抵達當天下午,迫不及待拜訪Suzanne Dallal Centre,未來兩個月每天滋養我身體的空間。一想到dance floor,整個人精神都來了。

從幾個月前就開始「想像」這個地方,緊鄰地中海的城市,充滿海洋的祝福。我想像這裡的艷陽、植物,想像自己在這裡跳舞的樣子,汗水直滴,盡情跟自己身體在一起的畫面。真正行走於城市巷道裡時,我的想像,填進了更多細節:植物的氣味、豔麗而盛開的花叢、海風吹在耳後舒服的感覺、古老屋子之間的緩慢步調,還有午後陽光照在皮膚上的辛辣。「想像」在此成為「真實」,我走進自己的想像裡跳舞。

2015.6.10