“If our life lacks a constant magic it is because we choose to observe our acts and lose ourselves in consideration of their imagined form and meaning, instead of being impelled by their force.” ― Antonin Artaud, The Theater and Its Double
Growing up my very first love was music, then theater, now is dance.
I never really break up with any of the preceding lovers, I am a happy polygamist in this sense. They all go along very well, and our love making is absolutely ecstatic.
My very first instrument was an old metal bucket that I found in the basement of where I lived as a little boy. It was more of an underground bunker really, where my family actually took refuge during the many bombing of World War II. I was banging on that metal bucket with two sticks for hours, remembering ancient rhythms of my ancestors, chanting and humming improvised melodies. I was loud and I was doing it for a very long time. Nobody could hear me. It was my therapy. My way to survive a not so easy childhood.
Then I grew angrier and louder with my rock band, and I flew high with Led Zeppelin and Patty Smith. Then I read Artaud, I met Grotowsky, Barba, Kantor and the silence, the darkness, the mystery of the existence seemed to mix very well with the deafening feed back from loudspeakers.
I trained my body and my voice to perform pretty bizarre acts on stage, in the streets, with costumes, naked, screaming, crying, laughing. Never judging what I was doing, just impelled by it.
Dance, in the shape of 5Rhythms arrived later. But at the perfect time. In the perfect place. Gabrielle Roth was born here. She loved Patty Smith and Artaud and drumming as much as I did. She loved to dance and explore theater in the same place where I started: Theater Artaud in San Francisco.
So this month, June 14-16, I will have a chance to frolic and explore the depth of the powerful medicine of all of my loves: Music, Dance and Theater, in the same space. I will be supporting with all my heart, the work of Lorca Simons, a ground breaking ritual theatre lab Live Wire for the first time in San Francisco. She is naturally powerful, charismatic, compassionate leader and theater is in her blood and bones.
In her words: “Lorca has an inviting energy and generous spirit that shines through all of her work. She exudes a no-BS down-to-earth Texan vibe that has been refined by her years working closely with Gabrielle Roth in New York and carrying the 5Rhythms torch around the world. “ I love working with big groups of people. There’s sort of a Grecian quality or style of theatre that, as Gabrielle would say, is about breaking down that fourth wall so that we have that really deep connection of each other’s stories and experiences. It’s through that kind of sharing and raw earthiness that I can create what I call a unified theatre experience.”
Adding your presence, on this journey of discovery, will make the experience even more profound and meaningful for all of us. I promise new amazing magical findings, and don't worry, the mystery will remain. I will meet you here.