I AM- the two most powerful words in the English language. Pronounced the same: AY-M (acro yoga & music).
To find one’s passion in life and to make that passion one’s livelihood and career is a dream come true for anyone. The vast majority of people in the workforce are immersed in hours spent at an unfulfilling job that ‘just pays the bills’ and hopefully affords a little extra for the rare holiday/retirement savings/etc. AY-M is my passion work- my original and wildly exciting performance art piece combining the performance of court dance music by Johann Sebastien Bach with partner dance in the form of acrobatic yoga.
AY-M exists as an artistic expression of the boundless and abundant joy for life- the concert going audience member experiences the blurred lines of performer and dancer. The musician hears and sees what can be achieved when playing in a non-static fluid motion reflective of the sounds created, reconnecting the veteran musician with their original love and passion for music. Dancers are familiar with the challenges of partner movement- incorporating a musical instrument requires the duet to perform with one partner entirely ‘hands free’, requiring a shift in the demands of balance and strength.
My reason for taking to the dance stage with my instrument is inspired by my music colleagues who often experience physical ailments that in the maturity of their playing career often render these artists incapable of playing their instruments- tendonitis, carpal tunnel, TMJ, bursitis, arthritis, scoliosis, the list goes on. Having lived my life with a healthy dose of sports in my daily exercise regimen, I have always approached the necessary hours of practicing the viola and the violin as an athlete who plans rotating exercise routines- like a bodybuilder who has leg day/arm day/abs day/etc. For the most part, all musicians spend time training their small muscle groups with lots of repetitive motion- a recipe for tendonitis and carpal tunnel. Nearly any sport will incorporate the use of large muscle groups to counter the small muscle movements of playing an instrument.
Another concern for nearly all musicians is the asymmetrical nature of getting around their instrument- this is why my choice for a paired movement style lands in the realm of yoga. Yoga makes its focus that of finding balance- strength and ease in every pose- Sthira
Sukkha Asanam- a way to conquer the stage through grace.