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Full Radius Dance: intense, vibrant, wildly beautiful


Seeing Full Radius Dance (with Shel and Ryan and Shel's friend Amber) was just... earthshatteringly amazing. The first performance they did was "Home," a brand new creation exploring the meaning of home. That was wonderful -- I welled up a few times from the sheer beauty of it. It was so complex that I REALLY want to see it again to understand it more. And THEN they performed "Sacred," a piece on "the inviolability of nature, of religious experience, and of human touch" -- now that made me weep to the point of sobbing! Oh my God/dess, I've never seen anything so beautiful. So much passion! so much intensity! so much tenderness! Truly, honestly, the most beautiful creation I have ever witnessed. And it didn't even feel like witnessing. The dancers were so vibrant that I felt a part of what they were weaving even from where I sat! They finished off with "Passione," which was very exciting and intricate, with feats of strength and agility that made me gasp.

I'm so incredibly awed and deeply humbled that I got the chance to witness this. It feels like I should have had to pay more or wait in huge long lines or something, because this is truly spectacular -- I feel like I went for a walk and accidentally walked through a portal into a faery world. I expected it to be lovely, but I didn't expect it to be so overwhelmingly magical!

And you know, I was a little worried that integrating dancers who use wheelchairs would be used as a sort of gimmick, or that they'd be the background dancers, but it absolutely was NOT. Instead, the wheelchairs were used like skates in figure skating -- to create entirely new ways of moving -- and the choreography balanced the wheeled dancers with the non-wheeled perfectly. All of the dancing spoke to me of embracing differences and working WITH them rather than trying to eliminate them. Is there anything more beautiful than that?

I didn't get any good photos or videos, partly because of the lighting and partly because I just couldn't bear to tear my eyes away from the stage. I was too busy experiencing it to observe it. But here's a video someone else made:

Full Radius Dance: Excerpts from "Passione"


That video does not at ALL do it justice -- I think that must have been from a few years ago, they have more dancers now and that clip didn't show much that I remember so I think they must have changed up the routine also. Ohh, which reminds me -- one of my favorite bits was this intertwined thing where the wheeled dancers spun around the stationary standing dancers and glided off to be caught by another standing dancer and spun around. It looked like they HAD to crash but of course they didn't.

If you live anywhere near here and you have $15, go see it today (Sat, 6th) at 2pm or 8pm at 7 Stages Theatre. If you have plans, change them -- it's worth it.


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clown_frog ══╣╠══
I wish I could see it :-) I looked at their website when you linked it on facebook and liked it, it was very "this is a dance group", you know.

As for embracing differences and working with them, I'm not sure there is anything more beautiful than that.

Glad you had such an amazing experience! :-D
camilleyun ══╣╠══
When I was working in Miami taking out differently abled adults in the community we went to a performance like this. Everyone loved it.
oceanid ══╣Yoga on Rocks╠══
I've never heard of anything like this before! I want to see more! Beautiful <3 I will have to see if we have something like this in Australia!
jenniology ══╣Creative╠══
Just seeing the video gave me goosebumps!
aerialmelodies ══╣Uplifting╠══
It really was amazing. I wasn't sure what to expect or how to describe it to others who asked about my Friday plans, but wow. I think I'm still too awestruck to accurately describe as anything besides AMAZING. The performers, the music, the dances.... wow.

Thank you so much. <3
saturnsdaughter ══╣╠══
I've never seen dancing that incorporated wheelchair users before. It must've taken a lot of work but they make it look effortless. I wish I could have the opportunity to see them live.
frecklestars ══╣mundane magic╠══
O_o

That looks amazing. *seriously considers driving down your way to go see this show*
shioneh ══╣dance╠══
Oh wow, I shivered reading about this, it sounds like a sacred and beautiful experience and I'm so glad you got to experience it! ♥ The video was wonderful. I wish I so wish I could see them ♥
delicatexflower ══╣silly & cute; food. "olive u"╠══

oh, how moving! thank you for sharing the videos! it's incredible how they just dance and glide across the stage! so so beautiful!
tralfamadore ══╣spring - looking down and smiling╠══
This is just... Even if the video didn't manage to capture what you experienced seeing it firsthand, I'm still left with tears streaming down my face. There are quite a few reasons for why that is, but the foremost is just the beauty of the expression and what passionate feeling they've accomplished here.

I absolutely love watching people dance, even though I seem entirely incapable of making my own body move in the ways that I wish. But to me it seems like the most free type of expression to just let your body go. To move and experience the world through touch and movement and the ability to just be a part of the world through letting the world speak through you. You know, I don't really get the opportunity to experience music in the way that others do, and drawing can sometimes be so flat. But dance is just... I can't even do justice to explaining it.

I so badly wish that I could see these performers firsthand. Do you have any idea if they travel, or are they just locally stationed? I browsed their website a bit, but either I missed it or they don't provide with a clear answer. My mom's boss is currently working on a grant to bring artists with disabilities to town in order to perform, and I would just die to bring them.
ashlupa ══╣╠══
Yes, we travel
And booking info will be up on our site shortly--I just launched the new site before we left to tour Italy, and all the content isn't up yet. But you can always just contact our artistic director, fullradiusdance@aol.

And Belenen, thank you for the lovely words--I wonder if you might be willing to write a short quote for our website? We're trying to post more outside responses to our work from outside the organization.
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