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The transformative power of art

Last week I finally obtained the footage from a recent (and rare) performance I created for the Flow Show 2012 in April. Watching it for the first time brought back the process I was in when I embarked upon the creative process for this show.

The Flow Show is produced by a dear man (Khan Wong) whom I respect and admire very much and so I was both honored, and nervous as hell, to be included in this amazingly talented crew of performers. I wanted to step up my game, do something different and really put my heart and soul into creating something raw, vulnerable and from the heart. I had long felt that I always half-assed the creation of my performances by not spending time on choreography and “falling back” on my hoop skills to entertain rather than really telling a story. I can honestly say this is the most energy I ever put into a performance and while, it's not the best example of my hoop “skills” (the most recent one for that is probably the Bristol Performance from November 2011), I loved performing it and I am proud of myself for attempting something different!

What I am most surprised by is how healing the process of creating this piece was. In writing, rewriting and rewriting the text I dredged up and saw clearly a lot of old baggage I had hadn’t quite been ready to let go of. In putting it down on paper, creating movements around the thoughts and emotions and picking music to match,  much more was released than I had been able to through journaling, life couching or workshops. Once I got to the actual performing of it so much of the charge had been let go of I actually had to WORK to dredge up stuff that had normally been a painful current right under the surface. On another level, the process of being willing to show my “stuff” to a live audience of friends and strangers alike, caused me to move into a level of acceptance I had not yet experienced. What once occurred to me internally as shame, now emerged as art. What was formerly dysfunctional and hidden, was transformed into beauty through the creative process. Something about this experience has lightened me up. Instead of looking at my stuff as something that always need to be worked on or "dealt" with, I realize now that sometimes it is just art… yearning to be expressed!

There are things I would change and improve about the actual performance, but I know the journey was perfection and I wouldn’t change one bit!  I have included the text below the vid in case you didn’t catch all of it. Enjoy!

Who am I?

This seems important.

Am I who others think I am?


A creative pioneer… a leader?

Am I who I fear I am?

Damaged,  a fraud… destined to be alone?

That can’t be it, can it?

So far, I have been both misguided and inspired

bitter and forgiving…

unapproachable and loving.

I have been desperate to impress you..

yes, YOU.

But wait… what if the answer cannot be found by thinking, searching and striving?


What if I just need to…


Throw off my imagined restraints.

What if I KNEW I am already FREE?

What if I held nothing back?

What if I just DANCED?



I think I am beginning to remember :)


You ARE…

A unique vibration of light…Energy slowed to the density of matter.

A confluence of atoms from an unknowable number of long ago exploded stars.

I AM, you ARE, a ceaseless fluctuation of pure divine presence… aka LOVE.

Our moments are precious and fleeting… Thank you for sharing this one with me.


In love and hoopiness~





Thankyou Anah for this amazing performance art – it was an absolute pleasure to watch, I have watched it many times! with love, Renaee.

June 19 2012 at 03:06 AM

jessica mullen

Beautiful work! Thank you for sharing!

June 15 2012 at 10:06 PM

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June 15 2012 at 05:06 PM


There isn’t a thing about this performance I would change. Love it; it’s wonderful; you’re beautiful.

June 26 2012 at 07:06 PM


A very unique performance – reminds us who we are . Thank you for sharing !

June 20 2012 at 11:06 PM


As beautiful as when I saw it the first time! I miss you gals!

September 14 2012 at 11:09 PM

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