January 29, 2023
‘Alive The Present’ blurs traces between viewers and performer, yoga and dance

Contained in the venue at The Arts Campus at Willits on Jan. 11, “Alive: The Present” appeared and felt like a nightclub, with a DJ on stage and colourful lights and tables on the facet the place folks may cease for a drink.

Although a lot of the attendees eventually week’s present wore stretchy yoga apparel, nobody would look misplaced in a shiny prime and tight denims, both. Individuals can put on no matter makes them really feel snug within the surroundings, and that features “going out garments” that would slot in simply as nicely at a membership in downtown Aspen.

The distinction between “Alive: The Present” and, say, a typical DJ set at The Stomach Up, is that the members on the dance flooring have been utterly in alignment with the dancers on the stage, mirroring the actions very similar to folks in a yoga class may match the actions and breaths of their teacher.

The present, an providing from the yoga studio Aspen Shakti, is even impressed by the favored Shakti class “The Physique Alive,” and expands on the “Alive: The Present” trial run that occurred on the studio in downtown Aspen in late September.

Aspen Shakti founder and proprietor Jayne Gottlieb mentioned in an interview on the Shakti studio final week that the “Alive: The Present” expertise blurs the traces between viewers and artist.

“It is a very yogic precept that there isn’t any separation, that all of us can really feel the magical aliveness, the circulation of power in our our bodies,” she mentioned.

“Stream” is a founding precept of the expertise, based on Gottlieb, and it was evident in how she led dancers by means of synchronized actions at TACAW final week.

“We’re guiding folks into their our bodies to really feel what we name ‘alive’ or outline ‘alive’ because the uncensored circulation of power within the physique,” she mentioned.

Gottlieb says the aim of “Alive: The Present” is accessibility, particularly for individuals who won’t in any other case join a yoga class, and inclusion, too, represented within the cohort of dancers she calls “Flygirls.”

“The Flygirls and their expression and our completely different ages and our completely different our bodies actually, I hope, serve the thought and the idea that that is for everybody, and that our our bodies change and the way in which we transfer them and categorical ourselves adjustments over time,” she mentioned. “It is about feeling good in your physique about transferring and respiration and being collectively as a group.”

“Alive: The Present” returns to TACAW for an additional iteration on February eighth.

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