© 2021 by MANTA POINT
Life is energy, movement always changing; like a wave, everything is born, expends and dies ... again and again ... Through her own life experiences, her own spontaneous dancing and through her observations of people dancing with her, Gabrielle Roth modeled the natural evolution of energy with 5 ways to "be in motion" - or rhythms - which together form a wave:
'flowing', 'staccato', 'chaos', 'lyrical', 'stillness'.
In Flowing, we physically practice the art of being fluid in our bodies. The practice of 'Flowing' allows to anchor, to follow the flow of one’s own energy, to be true to oneself - listening and attending to our needs, receptive to our inner and outer worlds. It is the art of feminine energy, an earthy continuous journey with what is present here and now.
In Staccato, we physically practice the power and the fire of masculine energy. It is percussive and strong, promotes connection with the rest of the world and allows for the expression of emotions explored in flowing. The movement gains in clarity, direction and definition. Staccato teaches us how to act in the world, engage with passion, and move forward in connection with our bodies and our emotions. It is the part of us that stands up for what we care about, who we love, and what we love.
In Chaos we physically practice the art of fully releasing our bodies - we let go of the head, spine, hips and feet and move faster than we can think. Like water, this chaotic dance cleanses us from within, regenerates us, teaches us letting go and trust for the unexpected. It opens the doors to our intuition and frees our wild part. Dancing Chaos is the practice of shaking off unnecessary luggage and going into the unknown.
In Lyrical we physically practice the art of coming out of Chaos. Freed from what is no longer needed, we can emerge on the other side, in a light, playful and spontaneous space vibrant with creativity. It is the art of innocence in a fully inhabited and living body. Lyrical is expansive like air and talks the language of the soul.
In Stillness we physically practice the art of completing and integrating; being vibrant and alive with all our previous explorations as they resonate. The breath is the ultimate movement when everything slows down. More present than ever to ourselves and to the world outside, we enter a mysterious space, both quiet and very alive. It is the art of humility and wisdom; we do not dance: we are danced.
Each of the 5 rhythms is the gateway to many explorations related to the way we move, different parts of our body, nature's elements (earth, fire, water, air, ether), different periods of our life (birth, childhood, adolescence, maturity, old age), the dimensions of our being (body, heart, mind, soul, spirit) ...
They also teach us about our strategies to resist uncomfortable situations (with inertia, rigidity, confusion, daydreaming, and numbness) and the medicine out of this resistance so as to be creative again with what is unfolding in our lives.
They will help us befriend and relate to our emotions (fear, anger, sadness, joy, compassion) and their creative energies.
They will bring awareness and fluidity in our relationships to one self, to one another and to the group.
Our exploration, personal experience and learning as we dance the 5 rhythms are endless ...
“Waves move in patterns. Patterns move in rhythms. A human being is just that - energy, waves, patterns, rhythms. Nothing more. Nothing less. A dance.“ Gabrielle Roth