"Cosmic Shadow" Dance+Music Performance

Here's a small portion of my performance with Jimi Durso at KrazFest last week. I've been having some health issues, so dancing with "the buddies" made it easier. Actually, I'm not sure I could have done a dance performance without them. They kind of held me up as I found the authentic movement of the story that wanted to emerge. I created "the buddies" years ago as props for performances. To me, they symbolize death and the ancestors. With what I'm experiencing now with my health, I need to dance with that, in a healthy way. It fits my spiritual beliefs and it's felt cathartic to embrace the idea of dancing with mortality. That day and the day before, when Jimi and I rehearsed, it felt good to move, and because of my physical "limitations", I found a way to move that I wouldn't have found otherwise. It was a gift through the challenge. In that way, my limitations became a strength. I don't call myself a dancer, but an artist who dances. I love movement, have taught butoh and slow movement and find it to be very healing. Movement is good medicine. Thanks to Jimi for being an amazingly beautiful part of my life and also a wonderful creative collaborator. I love how we are together. Thanks to Paul Lipsky of LIVP for this video.