Elemental Movements, paintings by Polly R Branch

looking eastward down drive
A forest interior looking north
A forest interior looking north

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The landscape reveals color, direction, time of day and season.    Our relationship to the elements of the Earth influences who we are, and how we see and explore life.

The view in the blue/green painting, faces east in the cool light of a spring midday so there are few warm tones yet.  In contrast, the view from the top of a ridge facing north is already warmed by morning light.

 

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Break the Chain dance cues

DANCE CUES AND STEPS
Improv beginning- “I raise my arms to the sky…I will walk through that door; walk”
Walks:
• “Walk”,2,3,4 (steps in place)
• Tap right to center, Step Left to center
• Walk,2,3,4
• Step forward pivot and pivot round again
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2 sets of Box steps with knee dips: “I can see a world where we all live, safe and free from all oppression…”
• Right Step up, left foot over, back, back(repeat)
step right 2 dips, step left 2 dips.
• Repeat the set of box steps and knee bends
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Hands cross chest and back outstretched: “You’ve never owned me, don’t even know me…”
• Right hand – left hand – both hands – point to ears – point out to front
• Step back 2,3,4 (“I’m not invisible”)- Step forward 2,3,4 arms out (“I’m simple wonderful”)
• Clap hands in a big circle around body 3 times (“I feel my heart for the first time racing….”)
“I feel alive, I feel so amazing!”
Party steps: “Dance ‘cause I love, dance ‘cause I dream…”
• Tap right, to center (party with your hands)- Tap left, to center (party with your hands)- step forward, pivot (turn back 90 ͦ), around again to center
• Repeat: Tap right, and party – tap left and party – pivot – pivot – party some more.
(“Dance to turn it upside down, it’s time to break the chains, oh yeah, break the chain”)
• Big clockwise circle hands around, up, down to “break” across rt. bent knee (lifted across body) –
– step right knee dips twice – step left, knee dips twice
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• Walk,2,3,4, tap right and back, tap left and back – fast to one BOX step/ dips:
(“Take your sisters and your brothers by the hand, reach out to every woman & girl”)
• 1 Box up,up, back, back – box up,up, back, back – 2 knee dips right – 2 dips left
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Wave, cross hips, prayer hands, shift head: “This is my body, my body’s holy”
• Raise up hands and down fast, cross hands over hips, prayer hands up to face, look both sides.
• 4 Hand “Stops” out front and stomp (“no more excuses, no more abuses”).
• Step back 4 (“we are mothers”) – Step forward 4 (“we are teachers”) – Point in 6 different directions to 6 faces and eyes dancing or standing around you (“We are beautiful, beautiful creatures”). To Party steps…
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Party steps and Breaks across knee: “Dance ‘cause I love, dance ‘cause I dream…”
• Tap right, back and party – Tap left, back and party – step forward pivot – step and pivot – party hands some more.
• Repeat: Tap right and party – tap left and party – pivot – pivot back-
(“Dance to turn it upside down, it’s time to break the chain, oh yeah, break the chain”)
• Big clockwise circle hands around, up& down to “break” across rt. bent knee (lifted across body) – step ball change to knee break again – step right, knee dips twice – step left, knee dips twice
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16 Cha Cha Chas – interlude
-ad lib if you like, interact, make eye contact, be ready for cue as music gets louder into:
“This is my Body” wave and crosses————————————————————————————–
Wave, cross hips, prayer hands, shift head: “This is my body, my body’s holy” (2nd time)
• Raise up hands and down fast, cross hands over hips, prayer hands up to face, look both sides.
• 4 Hand “Stops” out front and stomp (“no more excuses, no more abuses”).
• Step back 4 (“we are mothers”) – Step forward 4 (“we are teachers”) – Point in 6 different directions to 6 faces and eyes dancing or standing around you (“We are beautiful, beautiful creatures”). —————————————————————————— To Party steps…
Party steps and Breaks across knee: “Dance ‘cause I love, dance ‘cause I dream…”
Continue 8 breaks to the end and big circles hands – Point to sky .
• Tap right, back and party – Tap left, back and party – step forward pivot – step and pivot – party hands some more.
• Repeat: Tap right and party – tap left and party – pivot – pivot back-
(“Dance to turn it upside down, it’s time to break the chain, oh yeah, break the chain”)
• Big clockwise circle hands around, up& down to “break” across rt. bent knee (– step right, knee dips twice – step left, knee dips twice
• Continue 2 Knee breaks and 2 dips seven more times to the end
• End with hands crossing around in opposite circles back down.
• “One billion arising” Point hand out front and slowly rise pointing up.
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Following Debbie Allen’s Choreography and cue words from Brooklyn NY student instructional video;
“Break the Chain” dance mirrored version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQpttPZqOIw

Welcome to Polly’s pages.

In the cave where fairies are made she releases them into the waters.

Silently the fairies glide and swim by....

 

 

seascape in black and white; merging form, thinning veils.

 

  “The Ocean is the beginning of the Earth. The Ocean is the beginning of the Earth.  All life comes from the Sea.  All life comes from the Sea”…..repeat.

If we are spirit beings having a human experience, then the art of song/ chant, dance, poetry, painting, sculpture… might just be what gives us a language to reconnect to where we came from.    Illustrations for a story book; Tales of Our Beginnings. lammas and penny illustrations 009