What Does it Look Like?
Cocréa™ is as much about how it feels as how it looks. Therefore the dance can and will look very different depending on each individual, each partnership or each grouping of individuals. Whatever the pervading feeling practitioners are inviting, the overarching theme we strive for is one of connection to and authenticity of the moment.
As Cocréa’s™ roots are in Fusion and American vernacular Jazz dance (Swing, Blues and Charleston primarily which hold improvisation as a core cultural element), the opportunity is ripe for the expression of other dance styles, forms and aesthetics, including the formless to inform the dance. Typically in the landscapes of Other and Community, practitioners remain standing while within Self, Earth, Music and Whole, there is an invitation to find expressions that explore other levels down to the ground, architecture of the space and stillness in any form.
There is no fixed aesthetic. The dance flourishes when there is clarity of invitation, elasticity in the connection, and a vividness of presence detached from outcome or agenda that we commonly refer to as “juicy”.
Elements of the Practice
In a Cocréa practice, the dancer is invited into a contemplative movement journey through 6 Connection Realms towards embodying The Core Five Principles using the 4 Step Invitation Circle.
The Six Realms of Connection
Corresponding and synergizing with the ancient wisdom of the hexagram of the I Ching as interpreted through the [Gene Keys] .
Self, Line 1, the Creator archetype: Core Stability and Foundation.
Finding Center in Self and dancing with the formless, simplicity, quintessence.
Earth, Line 2, the Dancer archetype: Accessing Source Energy
Grounding, expressing reverence, communing with our environment, play, acknowledging where we come from, gravity, levity, the animal body.
Music, Line 3, the Changer archetype: Opening to the Muse
Refining and expanding listening, inviting precision and stillness of mind, surrendering to inspiration, enthusiasm, “switching it up”, releasing stagnant patterns, the place of least resistance, being danced.
Other, Line 4, the Server archetype: Inviting the Highest
Breathing into the collective Yes, creating ourself as a safe space for another to express, courage, resilience, listening to the needs of another, dynamic servant leadership, tenderness, detachment from outcome.
Community, Line 5, the Fixer archetype: Being the Solution
The artful voice that guides the energy of the space to its highest cleanest signal, resonating presence in every move, compassion, power of the individual merged with the collective, tireless energy and strength, self assurance through surrender, releasing technique, an end to resistance.
Whole, Line 6, the Teacher archetype: Joining with All That Is
Form and formless co-creating reality, Freedom, the anthropos – the completed human, stepping into the light of intimacy as a Path to the Divine.
The Five Core Principles
Spinaesthesia – The act of becoming the music; seeing and feeling sound as movement in the body; opening our bodies as conduits for the music; being danced.
Kintimacy – Celebration of each person as both kin and intimate; delight in Sovereignty with Intimacy; honoring all yeses and nos through good consent practices.
Communiyum – Cultivation of direct relationship with the divine through each Connection Realm; Freedom through Form; embracing giving and receiving pleasure as a transformational process; allowing for depth and breadth of authentic feeling.
Uniquilibrium – Reverence for each person’s unique experience; generating awareness to collectively find the harmonious balance in each and every dance.
Facilitainment – Teaching what we need to learn and learning what we’re here to offer; finding the joy and fun in learning;
The 4-Step Invitation Circle
[Invite ~ Allow ~ Acclimate ~ Relax]
•As we move into connection, what excitement awakens and arises within us? How do we translate that excitement into an invitation to connect?
•Increasing that energy, we Allow for the emergent potential of the moment.
•Through listening we Acclimate to what emerges, containing and harnessing our excitement.
•Our Relaxation results from finding a natural completion of this movement of energy and we’re enabled to listen for the next authentic Invitation to arise.
These 4 Steps are both micro and macro cosmic. The circle may take an entire dance to move through with a partner or on one’s own, and it may be repeated many times throughout a dance. At an expanded level, we may look at the Invitation Circle on a lifetime scale, recognizing that we accepted the Invitation to be in a body to begin with, we Allow for the emergence of our life experience, Acclimate to the changes it presents to us, and finally Relax as we find completion with the life cycle. Contracting to the space of a moment – potentially infantesimal in time – we move from invitation to counter invitation through the circle (we move through the entire cycle) within the space of a breath. Expand and contract to suit any situation.
This process emerged after Wren became aware of the work of somaticist, Richard Strozzi-Heckler through his training with Skills for Change coach, Nancy Shanteau. Following it’s inception, Wren came into contact with Strozzi’s book, “The Anatomy of Change” and found the 4 Steps analogous to the ground of Strozzi’s work of dealing with excitement in the body with curiosity and interest: Awakening, Increasing, Containing and Completion. As Cocréa is simply one manifestation of somatic intelligence incarnating through humanity at present, it feels important to give acknowledgement to this inspiration.
The Gene Keys
The Gene Keys are about living a life of genius. Genius is an often-misunderstood word. Every one of us is born a genius. It’s not about having a huge intellectual capacity – it’s about finding your higher purpose in life – that thing that sets you apart from all others. It’s about finding that thing of greatest beauty inside you and releasing that into the world. We have all seen, heard of and perhaps even met human beings with extraordinary qualities – people who radiate a presence or a sense of the beyond – and who seem beyond the suffering of the rest of humanity. And yet these kinds of states are the natural flowering of our human evolution, and they actually exist inside us as a dormant potential in our DNA. The Sole purpose of the Gene Keys is to unlock that vast potential inside yourself.
The purpose of working with the Gene Keys in Cocréa, is to invite the unlocking of our genius in an embodied aspect of contemplation. In facilitating Cocréa as an intentional, guided practice, the invitation is for facilitators to use inspiration from The Gene Keys. To learn more about becoming a Cocréa Inspired Facilitator, VISIT THIS PAGE.
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