Next Momentum: Elemental – Saturday, Jan 25, 1pm – 1am
01:00-02:00 ~ Fire: This Fire Comes Along With My Heart
02:15-03:15 ~ Water: The Power Of Play
03:30-05:00 ~ Air: Acro Yoga Flow
05:15-06:30 ~ Earth: Blanket Exercise
630-8:00 ~ Soup, curry, rice, fruit, energy, conversation.
08:30-09:30 ~ Jordie Shier
09:30-10:30 ~ Khan
10:30-11:30 ~ Caçadora B2b Entelechy
11:30-12:30 ~ Sporradik
12:30-01:00 ~ Crystal Singing Bowls with Ocian Flo
Welcome all to the fourth installment of Momentum. We’ve been hard at work planning an event that is sure to warm you to the core. These last few months have been cold and wet, which has kept most of us inside and isolated. Momentum will offer an escape from the dreariness of winter. Activities will be focusing on the four elements: Earth, Air, Fire, and Water.
Four workshops have been arranged. Each will cater to one of the four elements. As usual we will prepare and serve a warm meal to help sustain our minds and bodies during this exploration into consciousness. Food is provided by the Root Cellar and prepared by a dedicated group of volunteers. If you’d like to get involved with food prep and/or volunteer shift during the event please contact Gabriel Mckeown.
Dinner will be served around 7pm. Following dinner there will be a transition into conscious dance led by Ali Webb. Inspired by 5 rhythms and conscious awareness exercises, Ali will lead the group through a simple 30-minute journey through the concepts of embodied consent, approach and perspective.
We will have pk speakers ready to immerse you in a sonic vacation. The Interfaith Chapel will provide a positive, safe space to explore your body’s relationship with music. The practice of conscious dance encourages respect for those dancing around you. Feel free to express yourself in your own space and/or intertwine your moves with another as long as there is consent. Momentum will be a clean event; no drugs or alcohol will be permitted.
Entrance will be by donation. A lot of time and energy flows into creating an event like this and it’s up to the participants to give back so that more events like Momentum can happen. Ideally $10 per person would cover our costs but we want to encourage people to come and participate regardless of financial ability. Please bring a positive, inclusive attitude, some comfy clothes to move in, and some earplugs if you have them.
Details about workshops and musical performances.
Fire: This Fire Comes Along With My Heart. Saturday 1:00 – 2:00 Interfaith Chapel
This workshop aspires the embodiment of fire — its image and essence in our bodies. How do we re-imagine fire and where do we draw the image of fire? From myth? Legend? Ancient stories? Contemporary events? Memories of the past? Visions of the future?
In my heart language, Tagalog, I translate the word “fire” as apoy: the origin of hotness and the beginning of light. Through a series of creative bodily movement and sound improvisation this fire is evoked and summoned to bring collaborative creation in action. The workshop also attempts an intercultural understanding of fire that interfaces cultural traditions, symbols and symbolization around the meanings of this word. The participants will engage in a collective creation after undergoing reflexive analysis, movement improvisation and creative sound sense workshop. At the end of the workshop, we will present an ensemble creation where fire transcends beyond its linguistic symbolization and transfigures as a concept, methodology, an intercultural process and hopefully an aspiration.
— Dennis D. Gupa, PhD student Applied Theatre, UVIC
*Fire workshop in association Jessie Paterson and the UVic Spirit Of Drumming group.
Water: The Power of Play. Saturday 2:15 – 3:15 Interfaith Chapel
Creative play is a powerful force. We see it in children all the time, who have the ability to enter their imaginations and discover spectacular worlds where anything is possible. But as we grow up, can we still find a way to re-enter child-like play? Absolutely! We just need a little encouragement and a welcoming space.
In this workshop we will use our bodies through movement, sound, and emotions to shake our adult skin off and let our inner child come out to play. All you need is yourself, and a willingness to play. It’s easier than you think, quite silly, and a lot of fun!
Air: Acro Yoga Flow. Saturday 3:30 – 5:00 Interfaith Chapel
Acro Yoga is a blend of yoga, therapeutics and partner acrobatics. You will improve strength, flexibility, coordination, and sensititivity in an environment that cultivates trust and connection. Bring a friend or come by yourself, no partner is required. All skill levels welcome.
Earth: Blanket Exercise. Saturday 5:15 – 6:30 Interfaith Chapel
Participants take on the roles of Indigenous peoples in Canada. Standing on blankets that represent the land, they walk through pre-contact, treaty-making, colonization and resistance. They are directed by facilitators representing a narrator (or narrators) and the European colonizers. Participants are drawn into the experience by reading scrolls and carrying cards which ultimately determine their outcomes. By engaging on an emotional and intellectual level, the Blanket Exercise effectively educates and increases empathy. Ideally, the exercise is followed by a debriefing session in which participants have the opportunity to discuss the experience as a group. This often takes the form of a talking circle.
630-8:00 ~ Soup, curry, rice, fruit, energy, conversation.
– Jordie Shier –
Napoleon Skywalker – Garden City Disco
Ranging from electronic dance to contemporary classical, Jordie has been writing and performing in a number of musical projects over the last several years Most of this time has been split between playing in Calgary based electronic music duo Napoleon Skywalker and studying music at University of Victoria. Drawing on this varied background, a new solo project has just begun. Being in its infancy state, it has yet to find a name. Off-kilter house music, a focus on creative sound design, and taking cues from jazz all have been a driving influence. Also central to this project is an exploration of live performance in electronic music. Collaborative efforts with singer/songwriter Toni Hiatt and producer/keyboardist James Gray (together Jordie and James make up Garden City Disco) will be shared as a part of his set for Momentum.
A 14 year veteran of the westcoast intentional dance scene, Khan’s lush progressive sets are filled with tribal rhythms, beautiful melodies and mystical landscapes. He is a master of the live mix, seamlessly blending loops and layers, weaving epic soundscapes on the fly from the raw elements of his carefully selected tracks, while building the energy of the dance floor to its peak. His mission is to facilitate deep, transcendent journeys that bring dancers to a state of higher consciousness, awakening and deepening into the mystery of the dance, and to spread his conscious groove to as many souls as he can reach along the way. From peak sets to early morning transformations to glorious daytime throwdowns, Khan can bring life to any dance floor. Hailing from the beautiful city of Victoria on Canada’s westcoast and a summer festival favorite, Khan’s infectious spirit is sure to give rise to some serious magic on the dance floor and beyond.
– Caçadora –
Caçadora resonates with deep dubby grooves, crossing a range of musical genres from reggae, dancehall and dub to future bass, hip hop, trap and techy dub. Her flavour weaves the warmth of roots music with electronic bass beats, incorporating a healthy dub influence in her sound. Whatever the genre or tempo she keeps it smooth and spicy.
Entelechy describes a vital agent or force which helps direct an organism toward self-fulfillment. From this realm of sonic self-exploration, Entelechy weaves soundscapes ranging from fully ambient and downtempo, thru hip-hop, trip-hop, half-step, breaks, drum&bass, techno, trance fusions, and back again. With a background in music theory, composition, arrangement, production and performance, he seeks rich environmental textures as a cornerstone to the myriad sounds and styles telling the stories of our own becoming(s). Entelechy knows the evolution of intentional dance music is a key to the freeflow of conciousness and to our evolving relationships to the planet and each other
Sporradik [formerly known as Apriori] is an explorer; the sounds of deep bass music are his world. He creates a journey through unfamiliar and entrancing soundscapes. Recording and modifying found sounds in his production, he weaves them into percussive and eerie ambient textures paired with broken beats and magnetic basslines.
Ocian is the founder of SoundSeed Medicine Journeys. As a certified sound practitioner, reiki master, energy artist, Ocian works in both groups and one-on-one, diving deep into sound, the benefits and the profound experiences within this shamanic journey. She is a visionary, spiritual activist and uses Sound Medicine as a branch of energy work. Using beautiful vocal toning and crystal singing bowl frequencies, she works to find balance in the emotional, mental, physical and energetic bodies. She practices claraudience and channels the ancient Harmonic Language which is used to bring remembrance to the power of Self-Awareness.
Visit her website: http://www.ociansound.com/
Check out the Momentum Facebook event to get up to date information – the workshops, the ceremonies, the music, the dance!
Some quotes from the Momentum Guest Book:
“Connecting with people on a more than superficial level is what makes this event so incredible.”
“Wow, thank you so much… I feel so grateful to have been part of such a transformational day with an incredibly supportive and loving community.”
“So many beautiful souls! New friends! So much love!”
“Better than G-Jones.”
“This is going big.”
Statement From Max Rosenthal, Project Director:
lol somebody wrote “better than GJones”?
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“The world is wide, and I will not waste my life in friction when it could be turned into momentum.” – Frances E. Willard