The Florence Dance Company prepares and performs at the Pergola Theatre, Florence, in the March 2013 performances of Not-Two Is Peace. Accompanied by interviews with some of the dancers and members of the public responding to the performance.
A few scenes from the preparation at the Teatro della Pergola in Florence on March 14, 2013. Some views of the famous old theatre itself. The use of back projection for the video produces very crisp images of Adi Da's art, without the projection being interrrupted by the dancers (who would stand between the projector and the lower part of the screen in a traditional forward projection system). For more on the performance, click here.
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.
On July 22 and 23, 2012, the Florence Dance Company presented a multimedia spectacle entitled Not-Two Is Peace. The performance at the Bargello Museum in Florence, Italy brought together image-art by Adi Da Samraj, original ballet by the Florence Dance Company, and live music — a dynamic exploration of the principles of world peace and prior unity as described in Adi Da's book, Not-Two Is Peace.
Part Two of the performance featured music for solo piano, composed and performed by Naamleela Free Jones, and presented here in this commemorative recording. The CD also features photographs from the performance as well as the city of Florence.
What makes Avatar Adi Da’s seventh stage Revelation utterly unique? To find out, listen to this CD set and learn about Adi Da’s singular seventh stage Way as He describes It directly and in the context of other genuine esoteric traditions. These Discourse excerpts are an incredible resource for understanding Adi Da’s seventh stage Way with the guidance of His “map” of the six stages of life, which correlates to the structures of the human being.
Disc 1 is a collection of Discourse excerpts in which Adi Da clarifies His seventh stage Way by distinguishing it from other esoteric traditions.
Disc 2 is a single Discourse in which Adi Da describes the signs and requirements of His seventh stage Way.
Soundtrack: the hymn, "Lord of the Dance". Performers: Colin Decio (voice and instruments). Colin is the winner of the John Ireland Chamber Music Prize. Ingrid Prosser (voice - mezzo soprano). Ingrid is from New Zealand. Words by Sydney Carter (who wrote them in 1967, inspired partly by Jesus of Nazareth, but also partly by a statue of Shiva as Nataraja). Set to the tune of the American Shaker song, "Simple Gifts".
From the performers: "The Divine World Teacher Adi Da Samraj was born on November 3, 1939. This is our gift to the Divine Person on the Anniversary of His birth."
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