The Moonbelly Healing Project presents the first installment of twelve: SHE IS
---practicing the act of self and collective healing, by making art alone and together---
Katrina Atkin: choreographer/dancer
Keegan Atkin: cinematographer/editor
Music: Brian Eno and Laraaji (I CLAIM NO RIGHTS TO THIS MUSIC)
Filmed at the Skokie Lagoons, Glencoe, IL.
Released January 15th, 2017
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This video is truly a snapshot of me as a dancer right now. Comfy clothes, outside, makeup-less save the chill of the midwestern winter wind on my cheeks. Here is the story behind the movement.
I've been playing with this material for about two years. It's lived in studios, in sculpture parks, on piers, and my house. It's always been unfinished, like it makes sense for a long time and then drops off into a place that I don't understand.
The movement grew out of my desire to build myself a moving meditation, like an intricate walking pattern. It has a structure, like a story, which I'll share here.
I enter a space, create a ton of positive energy, and then sit back to watch it live outside of myself.
This is basically what I feel I'm doing constantly in my life (to a major fault); give positivity away in the effort of making the world and the people around me happier.
I find myself struggling with how to hold onto this positivity I create, so that it can support ME, fuel ME. But I'm too scared of being selfish, so this is a huge and delicate search for balance.
So, I never knew how to finish the dance because I can't figure out this same issue in my life. (It makes perfect sense to me...) I finally landed on a simple ending, a gentle gathering in with my arms and a departure from the space. Onto the next, unknown thing.
Maybe, this simple action of gathering in what I create is exactly the simple action I need in my life too.