A Sacred Shift: A Book About Personal Practice by Marlee GraceIve been following her dancing since very early on - cant remember when or how I stumbled across it - but she is an inspiration and I was very excited when this finally showed up in my mailbox. Did not disappoint, though Im not sure I could lend it to anybody without making sure theyd watched enough of the feed to get it first. Which, in general, everyone should do anyway. Gentle, hazy, reflective, dreamy, not too concerned with communicating the details or whether the details coming across are the important ones; trusting the necessary details to reveal themselves to each person who finds a connection. Largely composed of impressionistic lists.
And that is my best shot at a review. This one might be better: I loved it, and also the cover feels good on your fingers.
THIS CONNECTION IS GUIDED BY THE DIVINE (Twin Flame Reading 2019)
A Sacred Shift is a book I wrote cataloging the first year of my project Personal Practice, where I publicly document dancing every single day. So many tiny and giant shifts happened in my life during the past year - and Personal Practice documented every day of it - I always shared full truths but in many ways was vague - and felt drawn to make a catalogue of sorts sharing every place, song, feeling, change, collaborator, and shift.
Marlee Grace : A Sacred Shift
A beach, an airport, a rest stop, a graveyard, an outlet mall bathroom: These are a few of the places where the dancer Marlee Grace has filmed herself improvising during the past two years. While Instagram has become a go-to forum for dancers recording themselves in class and rehearsal, Ms. When she uploaded her first video , shot at a cemetery in Lancaster, Pa. But for about a year, beginning in the fall of — a time of personal upheaval during which she went through a divorce and moved from Michigan to the West Coast — she filmed herself just about every day. Her goal was to spend more time dancing, and it worked.
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She currently has over 29, followers. She is an alumna of the University of Michigan, where she was enrolled in the School of Dance. Previously, Grace founded Have Company, a storefront in Grand Rapids with other iterations a zine, a podcast, and an artist residency, to name a few , which is how I was first introduced to her work. After reading A Sacred Shift , I reached out to Marlee for an interview—yet another an act, one might argue, of improvisation. Twenty-eight and a half years.
Have Company brick and mortar store in Grand Rapids, Michigan which closed, but the online shop is still open. When it started it was just a digital space, just a place. I had no expectation. I just knew I needed a digital space to put things, that weren't finished. There was no book in mind, no desire to practice daily. But then within a few weeks, I found myself doing it every day.
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