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When I was Quiet and Let the World Speak

Over this past weekend, I was for the most part without social or even verbal interaction with other humans.  It was my first weekend in Brussels, I had freedom from classes, 70 degree days, my friends here were out of the city, so I was on my own.  I found myself at sea amidst a bustling urban landscape of voices that, because of the language differences (and there are many here) carried me along like a wave of noise without comprehension.  I allowed myself the freedom to get lost and  to have no destination.   Luckily I was free of time constraints or social duties, and as my brain quieted and began to release its normal anxieties, I was finally able to see out of the corners of my eyes, absorb the world with the pores of my hands, smell the currents of love and fear that eddied around me.

Some things I saw:

Paternal Affection: the amount of public love/physical affection that Fathers show  for their sons is incomparable to the States, because I NEVER see it here.  I never see a father kiss his son’s head in NYC, or, after playing a game of football, lie down with him on a blanket in the park and look up at the sky.

Something else I saw, sitting in the park-a group of tourists, wearing bright blue and pink T-shirts (French I believe) this huge group all packed together, walking by me-there must have been like 50 or 60 of them…and it took me a moment for it to strike me, what was so odd about them: they were completely quiet.  And then, of course, I realized that it was a group of deaf people, speaking only with their hands.  And there was this switch in my brain where suddenly the whole image shifted for me.  This big silent group was like a walking flower garden in their bright blues and pinks, and their hands fluttered and expressed amongst them like pale long butterflies alighting from one blossom to the next.

I highly recommend finding a moment-an hour, 10 minutes, to exist inside yet separately from this world that is a constant inarticulate clamouring for your attention.  After all it is these moments that confirm for me that I am, in fact, alive.

miriam wolf is a 2010/2011 Movement Research AIR currently on exchange at PARTS in Brussels

Artist-in-Residence applications due March 31.

Movement Research Artist-in-Residence Applications are due March 31, 2010 for the July 2010 – June 2011 residency, with a second year of research from July 2011 – June 2012.
What is the Artist-in-Residence (A.I.R.) program?
A program providing year-long commissions, rehearsal space, performance and related opportunities designed to support the individualized creative process of selected artists, who are chosen by a rotating peer artist panel.

Dates: July 2010 – June 2011 with additional opportunities from July 2011 – June 2012.

Deadline: Applications must be hand-delivered by 5pm or postmarked by March 31, 2010.

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Jennifer Monson and Yvonne Meier perform on January 4 mr @ judson

Yvonne Meier by Ian W. Douglas, performing in Movement Research at the Judson Church

Yvonne Meier by Ian W. Douglas, performing in Movement Research at the Judson Church

We’re thrilled to let you know that Jennifer Monson & Yvonne Meier will perform together as a special addition to the Movement Research at the Judson Church Series. The evening will also feature performances by Molly Lieber & Eleanor Smith, Gio, and Jillian Peña (a 2009 Movement Research Artist-in-Residence). January 4, 2009 at 8pm. Admission is free, seating is first-come-first-serve, and the doors open at 7:45pm. Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South at Thompson Street.

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