We the pacific

The Pacific as a peace force is a powerful idea for me: an oceanic body named for its energetic flow and Activist potential where others are known only for their territory.

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This month I am exploring pacifism and carriage in a devised piece for The Joy Offensive ocean. I will conduct Ruthless Jabiru in Liza Lim Gothic, one of six mixed media performances considering the UK’s ethical and social intersections with the Asia Pacific.

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We meet the humanity of ocean in the ujjayi breath: the great regulator and bringer of prana, dissolver of fear, stress and battle armour, carrier of treasures and toxins. We open our bodies to the ocean spirit and are unlocked; healed and polished by its wave rhythms. And yet- why do we feel humanised when we should feel humbled? Why so blinded by our supremacy?

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The biosphere makes its appeal: a borderless Gothic temple to the salty gods but we still resist the antiphon. So confounded are we by our socalled needs, we forget we too can be pacific.

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This is a timely project for me: a thought study towards Ruthless Jabiru’s next major programme honouring tidal forces. The long-awaited premiere of Andrew Ford’s orchestral song cycle The Drowners will sit alongside works by Nicole Lizée, Rosalind Page, Wolfgang Rihm and Fausto Romitelli. But for now, ocean.

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