Biophony: The symphony of sound of the natural world.
Why return: Because we have forgotten our home within the natural world. We have forgotten that we are animals, we are organic, we are nature itself. Our lives are interwoven with the lives of birds, beasts, plants, insects, wind, water, and earth. Our home, our place within the natural world, beckons us back. Remember me, remember me, she sings, like a lullaby. But we have to be still to hear her call.
How to return: Become still in a place where we can touch the earth, hear the bird calls and feel the wind on your skin. Let our attention wander back and forth between the internal experience of being ourselves within our skin and the external experience of being ourselves in the world. Let the boundary between internal and external soften.
Why an 'experiential' performance: We are all connected. By breath and by shared resources. By common stories and history. And, by the 'collective unconscious' that we may not understand but we can experience in moments of deeply shared experience. Improvisers call this place 'the flow.' We experience flow when we dip into shared awareness and work together for the common good. We observe flow in a murmuration of starlings, in the long migratory journey of monarch butterflies that takes multiple generations, in communication happens beyond speech and we know we are on the same page. Finding this state of flow between each of us and between ourselves and the world is essential for us to remember our place within existence. When we remember and experience this place, we naturally choose to act for the greater good of all.
Where: On the Greenbelt Land Trust’s Bald Hill Farm
When: Mother Nature's Day, May 10th, 4pm
Details: We'll meet at the Fairgrounds parking lot (at the beginning of the Midge Cramer Paved Trail) at 2:30pm and walk together to Bald Hill Farm. The Fairground parking lot is at the corner of NW 53rd and Reservoir Rd. It’s a 60 to 90 minute walk from the parking lot to the Oak Grove at Bald Hill Farm where the event will take place. There will be signage to help direct you if you arrive earlier or later. Closer parking is available for those unable to walk this distance. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange alternative access. You may want to bring a chair or blanket to sit on. Feel free to bring picnic foods. We'll be in a white oak grove and open grasslands, walking and standing on trails, open fields and in the oak grove. Long pants and good foot ware will serve you well. The performance will last 30 to 45 minutes. There is a covered area for viewing in case of rain. The performance site at Bald Hill Farm is only open to the public through events like this one – take this opportunity to visit a part of the Farm that you cannot access by our public trail systems!