On Saturday, October 6th The PlayGround - myself, Katie & Stephanie - lead 12 audience members on a 3-hour hike/performance, entitled Scenic Route 2.0, on Section B of the Billy Goat Trail in Maryland along the Potomac River. We were blessed with a beautiful morning - cool, clear and slightly breezy. In addition to stopping along the path a number of times to share site-specific dance sections, we were lucky enough to have classical singer Allison Hughes accompanying a couple of sections. And while the hike was deeply satisfying in a number of ways I didn't realize the impact of the performance until a little later in the day. After the hike I stopped at a small natural food store to get a snack, which I ate at a small table on the porch of the store. As I sat there I noticed a deep groundedness and calmness I was experiencing in both my mind and my body (is there a difference between the two?). Maybe because we did so much of the hike in silence there was a spaciousness to my awareness, much like after a deep period of meditation. Only infrequently have I experienced this state so clearly. I would like to say that now, as I sit on the Metro this Monday morning, that state of openness and calmness is still fully present, but of course it is not. Though as I remember those moments, both on the trail and sitting on the porch, I can re-sense that state clearly, if less intensely. It is always so satisfying when a performance, either one you see or perform in, stays and lingers awhile. Scenic Route is one of my favorite projects to share and experience.
Below is a video Brian Harris created. He was an audience member that joined us for Scenic Route, though an occasional collaborator. He, quite nicely, captured the feeling the morning.
Scenic Route from Brian Harris on Vimeo.