No pessimist ever discovered the secret of the stars or sailed an uncharted land or opened a new pathway to the human spirit. – Helen Keller Life is either a daring adventure or nothing. Security does not exist in nature, nor do the children of men as a whole experience it. Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than exposure. – Helen Keller
- a program of - Opening Doors of Enlightenment through the Arts ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ a framework design for - understanding, hope and health utilizing – Music, Art, Drama, Literature Movement/Dance and Form ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ Synergy Arts Mosaic ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~
Art has always been a reflection of life and a desire for people to express themselves .
Dance is the hidden language of the soul - Martha Graham
Our remedies oft in ourselves do lie. - William Shakespeare 5 th Century Ambrosian Iliad Manuscript
“ When I read great literature, great drama, speeches, or sermons, I feel that the human mind has not achieved anything greater than the ability to share feelings and thoughts through language.” - - James Earl Jones
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth; Then took the other, as just as fair, And having perhaps the better claim, Because it was grassy and wanted wear; Though as for that the passing there Had worn them really about the same, And both that morning equally lay In leaves no step had trodden black. Oh, I kept the first for another day! Yet knowing how way leads on to way, I doubted if I should ever come back. I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. - Robert Frost 1874 - 1963
Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy. Music is the electrical soil in which the spirit lives, thinks and invents. Ludwig van Beethoven
Time . . memory, - these are the true artists. They remould reality to the heart’s desire. - John Dewey To do the best we can,, - this is our sacred responsibility. - Albert Einstein
One of the primary hopes of this framework design - the positive movement for the individual, and therefore the community, towards self-actualization with transformation to higher levels of consciousness and enlightenment.
“ Through the years, a man peoples a space with images of provinces, kingdoms, mountains, bays, ships, islands, fishes, rooms, tools, stars, horses and people. Shortly before his death, he discovers that the patient labyrinth of lines traces the image of his own face.”- Jorge Luis Borges – Argentinean Poet and Essayist 1899 - 1986 I have designed my style pantomimes as white ink drawings on black backgrounds, so that man's destiny appears as a thread lost in an endless labyrinth. I have tried to shed some gleams of light on the shadow of man startled by his anguish.” Marcel Marceau – French Mime Artist b. 1923
Synergy Arts Mosaic – - is a framework design for healthy change, - utilizing the Arts in a synergistic effect - for positive movement - to assist in healing - and awareness movement - in the physical, emotional and self-actualization realms.
Using music as a treatment began, with Socrates, Hippocrates and Plato. Plato’s ancient theory of the relationship between trance and music proposes that people could cure themselves by a method of trance, movement and music. To be totally involved in the music, especially rhythms, was the first step to healing. He also held that melody was critical as were the myths, symbols, mental imagery, and logic involved in the making of and the listening to music. These are precisely among the foundations of this framework design utilizing the Arts and the Betwixt and Between.
Victor Turner ( May 28 , 1920 – December 18 , 1983 ) was a cultural anthropologist best known for his work on symbols, rituals and rites of passage. His work, along with that of Clifford Geertz and others, is often referred to as symbolic and interpretive anthropology .
- expanding on Arnold van Gennep ’s threefold structure of rites of passage and the liminal phase – pre-liminal phase (separation), a liminal phase (transition), and a post-liminal phase (reincorporation), Turner noted that in liminality , the transitional state between two phases, individuals were "betwixt and between": they did not belong to the society they previously were a part of and they were not yet reincorporated into that society. Liminality is a limbo, an ambiguous period characterized by humility, seclusion, tests, sexual ambiguity, and communitas. Communitas is defined as an unstructured community where all members are equal.
“ In moving from experience of social life to conceptualization and intellectual history, I follow the path of anthropologists almost everywhere. Although we take theories into the field with us, these become relevant only if and when they illuminate social reality. Moreover, we tend to find very frequently that it is not a theorist’s whole system which so illuminates, but his scattered ideas, his flashes of insight taken out of systemic context and applied to scattered data. Such ideas have a virtue of their own and may generate new hypotheses. They even show how scattered facts may be systematically connected! Randomly distributed through some monstrous logical system, they resemble nourishing raisins in a cellular mass of inedible dough. The intuitions, not the tissue of logic connecting them, are what tend to survive in the field experience.” Victor Turner 1920 - 1983
Improvisational Music Therapy is inventive, spontaneous, extemporaneous and resourceful. Sometimes it is a process which gives rise to musical forms rather than pieces of structured music. Even so, there is a constant thriving for the highest music quality and beauty. If an individual is performing, and not a schooled musician, it is irrelevant how structured the music is. What is important, at this level, is what sounds the individual produces, and how they are interpreted.
Dance/Movement/Motion aspects of this framework imply movement through time and space, an expression of the whole integrated body senses. Carl Jung developed the techniques of “active imagination”, giving the individual the means and freedom to express themselves non-verbally and symbolically - allowing catharses. Dance/movement/motion articulation helps create a model of well-being and wholeness working to unify the physical, emotional, psychological and social interactions of an individual with the integrity of that person’s essence, essential to adaptability and health.
Let there be light . . . Carl Jung speaks about images and pictures saying, “even a picture may be familiar in daily life, yet that possesses specific connotations in addition to its conventional and obvious meaning; it implies something vague, unknown or hidden from us.” Jung speaks of how symbols can be carried in the art that people see. He also speaks of how people can become disassociated with themselves, the world around them, and lose their identity. Jung asserts that, “Beyond doubt, even in what we call a high level of civilization, human consciousness has not achieved a reasonable degree of continuity. It is still vulnerable and liable to fragmentation. (Jung 1964.) Art Therapy opens a pathway to learning more about the individual’s outside world, as well as the inside world. We look for understandings of the world as it exists for the client; we look for such things as parents, siblings, children and significant others, as well as symbols, objects and the perceptions of all of these. Conscious and unconscious depictions aid and assist in the healing process.
Dramatherapy brings about change in individuals and groups through direct experience of theatre art. This is at the core of this framework and the ritual/myth vision. While drama techniques enable this to happen, it is the process that is central to the experience and change. The embodiment of the mythical or play character and the scenario involves all physically in all of the senses and thoughts. It is through dramatherapy that occurs personal problem-solving, acquisition of knowledge and examination of assumptions about the nature of reality, as well as a broadening of perspectives. There is a sense in which society, like drama, is the conscious and sometimes intentional manipulation of personal experience, in order to convey a message about its own nature and identity.