- Look for a place where you will not be disturbed.
- Ask your housemates not to disturb you for at least half an hour.
- Prepare the space. Make room to move and light a candle.
- Read carefully through this paper to get an idea how the session is organised.
- Prepare your music-equipment and make a playlist of the music mentioned in the paper. You can find it on YouTube or Spotify.
- Here and there in the program you can choose between different possibilities. Choose what is right for you at that moment.
- Get in touch with your body. NB Whatever you do, let your breath go with the movement.
- Shake your whole body: arms, breasts, pelvis, legs. Swing your arms alternately front and back. Then swing your legs back and forth, first left leg, then right leg.
- Stand still and keep both feet on the floor while you raise your arms up, then to the left, then to the right. Come back straight and let them fall along your sides. Keep the rest of your body straight.
- Move all the parts of your spine: back and forth, left and right. Let it grow into an undulating movement. And/or:
- Get in touch with your feeling state. Move freely to express your feeling state. To your own music or to one of the next items. Le Onde by Ludovico Einaudi (tired)https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vg-0DFNTBm0 ; Rock Steady by Aretha Franklin (angry), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KB5sMYw37gw ; Eadnan Bakti van Mari Boine (sad): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LFAbB-9aVKQ ; Happiness does not wait by Olafur Arnalds (happy) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BdfH0CAKK4
- Come to rest. Sit on a chair. Get aware of how your body feels. Pay attention to it from the head down to the feet and back.
- What do you sense? Tickling sensations? The pulse of your blood? Tension? Relaxation? How is your breath going?
- You don’t need to change anything, just be aware of what is happening.
- Read the text – psalm 36: 7 – 11 (English Standard Version)
How precious is your steadfast love, O God!
The children of mankind take refuge in the shadow of your wings.
They feast on the abundance of your house,
And you give them drink from the river of your delights.
For with you is the fountain of life;
in your light do we see light.
Oh, continue your steadfast love to those who know you,
and your righteousness to the upright of heart!
Let not the foot of arrogance come upon me,
nor the hand of the wicked drive me away.
- Ponder for a moment on these words: For with you is the fountain of life
- Imagine how water moves: like a splashing source, a babbling brook, broad river, like waves of the sea, rising mist, a splashing fountain and rain pouring down.
- Dance like water to La Fuenteby Alarife en Mudejare https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-XL6JRRP3c&list=OLAK5uy_m0Wdc2lBcunnYC_Djd0dcWLE8v-zex38M&index=3 and/or Kairaba by Lamine Konte https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rTFLbFHBcU8
- Come to rest. Get aware of the impact of your movements on your body and feelings.
- Dance to the text: For with you is the fountain of life. Let these words inspire you to your next dance. Choose the music that inspires you. And/or:
- Come to stillness and let the text ride on your breath. When you breath in let the words say inwardly: For with you…. And when you breath out: is the fountain of life. If you get tangled up with your breathing: don’t pay attention to it anymore and loosen up and dance.
- End with a prayer: in a few words, a posture or some simple gestures.
- Loosen up again
- Write a few words or make a simple drawing to note what you want to take with you from this session.
© Riëtte Beurmanjer
Bibliodans is: creative dancing inspired by texts, songs and poems from the Biblical Tradition. Dancing makes the words come alive. They start to connect to your life story and to make sense to you. Dancing helps you to get in touch with your inner self and invites to open yourself to your Source of Life. Biblodans is related to Lectio Divina, a meditation practice stemming from monastic life. Its aim is to understand texts with body, mind and feeling and to bring you to prayer and self-understanding.
Riëtte Beurmanjer studied theology and dance and holds a PhD in Religious Studies at Utrecht University. She is based in Amsterdam where she founded the Werkplaats voor Dans en Christelijke Spiritualiteit. www.riettebeurmanjer.nl
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