Home From Our Travels

Spring SnowIt’s been a while since I posted here. I’ve been writing quite a lot on my other blogs. Mostly that comes out of the necessity to record and think through our recent travels.

Yesterday we had snow. This morning the sun is bright and the shadows are long. The world is remade.

The past six weeks we were traveling and working in India and Hong Kong. Our work is focused on teaching, and our teaching is centered in the arts, social change, and shamanism. All of it is strongly arts based. Perhaps this should come as no surprise as we are both artists.

I have come to realize, mostly in response to this most recent trip, that I make sense of the world and my life through writing. I make images but that process is about something else, something I am unsure of. One of the arenas that holds fascination for both of us is that of Playback and other forms of Image Theatre. During our work time Honk Kong, we both utilized theatre improv to explore opportunities for social change. Jennie did the same in India.

Perhaps my favorite arts moment in Hong Kong occurred when my workshop, which was focused on integrating Narrative Therapy ideas with the arts, spent much of two evenings playing with shadow puppetry. The creation of brief performances was extraordinary to watch. The performances were astounding. I think we all sat there agog.

In India I taught two workshops on the arts in social context. The first was with Jennie, and we spent two exciting evenings exploring the arts as resources for healing. The second workshop focused on the myriad ways artists from all disciplines are engaged in social change around the world. Over two evenings we met with local artists and discussed their socially engaged work. Both workshops took place at the Apparao Gallery in Chennai.

Now we are back home and wondering what will evolve from our travels. We shall see.

 

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