Anything was allowed to happen in the performance, and no rehearsal was required. The performers were open, concentrated, and ultimately, surrendered to the Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Samraj, permitting His Divine Transmission to dance the dancers and play the musicians.
John Wubbenhorst on lead flute, Michael Sheppard on electronic keyboard, Steve Zerlin and Byron Duckwall on various stringed instruments, and Ken Anoff with hand-held drums launched into a piece that ran for 75 minutes. The dancers began seated facing each other on the 8 X 16 foot raised stage they'd built for the occasion. From low-key, seated movements they took perhaps 6 minutes to develop their movements into a standing dance which acknowledged the portrait of Adi Da Samraj off stage left and climaxed in a slow but spectacular partnering sequence in which Tom carried Susana on his shoulders and lowered her to the floor by bending forward from the hips with a straight spine, a risky show of strength. The intensity of that early climactic moment galvanized the attention of the audience and lifted this improvisation out of any association it might have had with the lazy or casual.Later in their improvisation, Tom and Susana managed passages of rhythmic intensity, flinging their arms to the musicians' tight, fast tempos. We always expect professionalism from the Everts, but we were surprised at how successfully they maintained our interest in the extended improvisation.
Saturday July 17th, 2010 7-9:30 pm St. John's Presbyterian Church 2727 College Avenue Berkeley, California
Featuring the Facing East group, with John Wubbenhorst (bansuri), Steve Zerlin (bass), Rishabh Dhar (packhawaj), Kit Walker (keyboards), and Samrat Kakkeri (tabla). Also music from Adi Da's daughter, Tamarind Free Jones (vocal), and a performance by Peter van Gelder (sitar) and Tim Witter (tabla).
Our multimedia library currently contains 695
YouTube video clips and audio clips about (or related to) Adi Da and Adidam.
a video, and
an audio. Special categories of interest include:
Thanks to the many videographers who took the footage, to the many editors who
created these videos and audios, and to the 85
people and organizations who posted these videos and audios on YouTube and other places on the
Web. Special thanks to Lynne
Thompson, who did the bulk of the data entry for our audio/video database.