A few years ago, I met an old friend. To my question “how do you feel”, she replied “excellent”.
Her answer hit me. It was not just “good” or “ok”. “Excellent”, she said.
She was smiling, saying,” yes, I am happy”. What has happened” I asked, she said, “I have decided to be happy”.
Her answer made me think. What does it mean to decide to be happy? Satisfied? Contented?
Knowing that I need to do a constant internal work, stroke me.
Being in a state of misery, anger and frustration, takes energy.
However, being in a state of happiness, content and joy also takes energy. So, if I need to work on my feelings, I’d rather work on being in a state happiness. Continue reading
Last weekend we were in the studio in Tel Aviv, rehearsals and a performance before our trip to France.
In the recent months I have been working with Rabeah Morkus, as a part from a project called “bridges” – connecting Jewish and Arab youth from the north through dance.
In a week we fly together to Lyon, to the dance center of the choreographer Yuval Pick, a week of workshops and creative process with a local youth group.
Sharon Ashkenazi, a good friend of mine and Rabeah over the years, initiated, produces and manages our journey. Continue reading
This year I started teaching training of facilitators of Improvisation. One woman asked me a question that made me long thinking about …
The question was: “What is the most difficulty in teaching people that just start to dance?”
Since the question surprised me, I answered immediately: cynicism and criticism are major inhibitors at the beginning of the process.
The question sent me to think about the other side,
What will support the most the agreement to dance and move to change through the dance?
By looking at people for years, I can definitely say that these not the person’s physical capabilities, not age, not professional background. These are not factors that affect the possibility for someone to agree diving to the new. Continue reading
Reveries on the Art of Improvisation – in Dancing and in Life
I’ve been dancing and writing all my life.
At first, to myself, in notebooks:
In moments of inspiration, in the studio, alone when I’m trying to create something new, or in class with my students all around me
I write in the morning.
I write when I’m distressed, but also when I’m joyful.
I write when I’m questioning my life, my choices,
When the new year starts, on my birthday, my son’s or my partner’s.
And at any moment I can spare. Continue reading
The healing experience
The healing dance is designed to allow the body to experience movement from free and open place .
Dance and improvisation, as Ilanit teaches it, contains a lot of healing. The movement is a door to internal investigation, and lies in the possibility to open blockages on one side and a window joy and awakens on the other.
The goal is to give ourselves time to connect to a quiet place, and from there into a movement that comes from the body, not the head or our habits.
The body leads, and it knows what it needs – if it’s powerful, energetic movement in the space or inner quiet movement. Continue reading
LIFE IN MOTION WITH ILANIT TADMOR
SEPTEMBER 28TH – OCTOBER 2ND
TAOS CENTER, PAROS ISLAND. GREECE
Life in Motion with Ilanit Tadmor is an improvisation, movement, creativity and body awareness workshop.
Our body is a magical and powerful vehicle, through which we communicate, balance ourselves, create happiness and discover new opportunities in our life. Though sometimes forgotten, each and every one of us is a dancer. In fact, dancing is an aware, happy and creative movement, done throughout the most daily activities we perform: doing our hair, talking on the phone, eating and even sleeping. When our attention is focused on these routine movements, we actually turn them into dancing. Continue reading