Paths we choose…and paths that choose us...

Paths we choose…and paths that choose us…

I have taken myself away for a self imposed writing retreat, a time of reflection, renewal and a time to generate new ideas in conversations, contemplative walks and slow meals.

I am always surprised by how generative and transformative conversations over a meal can be. BBA and I talk about our individual books and find that topics that he is considering fit so well within the frame of my explorations. We build on each other’s ideas, we go to art galleries to enrich these same concepts, searching out images to help in our understanding. We walk the lake, noticing the wildlife, the trees, blue sky. And I am reminded about Blue Sky thinking and wonder if we in Australia have a direct link to it.

I look up and see the blue, stepping closer to open minded thinking, trying not to limit opportunity with the ordinariness of daily habit.

I am reminded of William James proposal, the importance of “those tiny, invisible loving human forces” that we can so easily miss.

I am done with great things and big plans, great institutions and big success.

I am for those tiny, invisible loving human forces that work from individual to individual, creeping through the crannies of the world like so many rootlets,
or like the capillary oozing of water, which, if given time, will rend the hardest monuments of pride. William James: Letters

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We are in an era of profound change that urgently requires new ways of thinking instead of more business as dual; capitalism, in its current form, has no place in the world around us (Klaus Schwab, founder World Economic Forum)

This week marks the beginning of a new year of FOC/4change. For the first few months of the year I was enjoying beautiful Sydney and now I am back at Metro Arts 109 Edward Street Brisbane for the rest of the year.

We are setting up a space on the third floor of Metro Arts to host workshops, group and one-on-one sessions all with the objective of increasing our productivity and our health.

All together, we are changing from a society whose organising principle is the pyramid or hierarchy to one whose image is a circle. Humans are linked, not ranked. Humans and the environment are linked, not ranked (Gloria Steinem)

“It is the job of the artist to open doors and invite in prophesies, the unknown, the unfamiliar; it’s where their work comes from, although its arrival signals the beginning of the long disciplined process of making it their own.

“We transform the unknown into the known, hall it like a fisherman, artists get you out into that dark sea”

Rebecca Solnit
“A field Guide for Getting Lost”

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Community Dance Classes, Brisbane

PHLUXUS2 DANCE COLLECTIVE
COMMUNITY DANCE CLASSES

Phluxus2 Dance Collective is an award winning and boundary bashing dance company founded in 2006. Our work explores complex movement vocabularies that turn traditions of performance on its head, literally. Creating work that transforms perceptions of performance and space, through the translation of beautifully abstract stories. With our community classes you get access to the best dance professionals currently working in Brisbane!

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Its soon to be Autumn, a time of consider and reflect as we prepare for quieter days

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As I write the heading to this post i realise that in Brisbane winter does not mean quieter days, because there is only a slight variation in temperature. The extremes go, and we are surrounded by bright sunny days, late teen to mid twenty degrees (celsius) for most of the time. It is when i do outdoor workshops at Pullenvale because the weather is so fine. I plan on a days workshop in late May, a day of contemplation and dreaming. We will consider where we are at half way through the year and what it is we are needing, be it quiet time or planning time, reflexive time or connectedness. While summer has had its way with us we have been busy at FOC Headquarters and have created new outdoor spaces where we can work.

The year has sped, i bet it has for you too. I have spent a lot of time in Sydney and now will be spending much more time in Brisbane, working with local theatre companies on work that zings. End of May will see Niz Jabour and I work on his piece RAIN. He has presented it in Bagdad late last year, and now we will do a version here at La Boite first week in May. Mid May Leah Mercer is coming to Brisbane so we can begin to re-rehearse HOME for our QTC season in July. In June I will be rehearsing and performing with Pluxus2 Dance Company in Paratrooper Project at Judith Wright Centre:Click on the link to find out about their community classes throughout March.
Then in July HOME returns to QTC.

WHAT IS ON OFFER AT FOC:
1. MAY 30TH 10-6PM: Day workshop at FOC Headquarters, Pullenvale: Who am I becoming?. We will tell stories, meditate, draw, collage, move, indwell, create. We will eat, drink tea, walk, create. We will connect, laugh, smile, connect.

2. HUGE GARAGE SALE: SEPTEMBER, 2015. This monster garage sale is a fundraising event at FOC to raise money for Oxfam. Bill (BBA) is cycling in Sri Lanka for many long days, November 2015, in a fundraising bicycle ride. I thought we could have a huge sale so that we all contribute to his efforts to raise money.

3. PRIVATE SESSIONS: FROM March 2015 I am back to regular sessions at both Pullenvale and as soon as I can, Metro Arts, downtown Brisbane. Sessions are for artists who want to improve both their professional and personal lives. I use a narrative creative arts framework to help create new ways forward.

So contact if you want, on 0410515637 and leave a message. You can also email me on 4change@iinet.net.au

Margi