My name is Tiana Zoumer, for 4-years hooping has been my present practice.
Hooping is a dance form evolving from many inspirations. As a form of ecstatic dance, there is a communal experience of spirit rising and body enlivening that divines varied expressions. We use these expressions as a language to communicate, each contributing dialect and, by practice, design. These are the movements that make poetry in motion, and speak unknowable truths. This is the way we connect as energy dancing. This is my inspiration to live and love life.
I believe our understanding is nurtured through practice. When we value the experience of listening as dance, such as feeling a hoop slide around your waist, we surrender our senses to the honesty of their existence, gently bending with the weight of their knowing until we are bonded in understanding. Dually, discovering the Intention with which we lead our dance, we play whip and witness to the momentum that propels us and rise to the responsibility of dancing freely, together, infinitely.
All I offer, my resonant he(art). Embodying my truth. Breathing into the moment, listening to senses as they are touched and triggered, and moving by the grace of the energy that pervades me. I am inspired by dancing with this circle, driven to discover and at once forget myself. Pushing past the limits of what I know and honoring the spirit of understanding. In these moments I am free from judgement, limitation, separation and the fears of my mortality. I flow because I am grateful I am alive enough to feel. I call this sensitivity a gift. And as I am awake enough to witness, I call this vision to be truthful in its perception, and live as lights reflection. I take my lessons as they are available to me now. One breath at a time. One practice for each moment. All love.
Our Present Practice is a new series that I base on the inspiration I find when flowing to my favorite musical artists live.
In this episode I share practice space with Matt Spencer or "Octopod". He's been the musical inspiration of my hoop lifetime. He's been in a partnership with my sister for 11 years and in that time I've seen his appreciation of every musical style develop and deepen. His sets were my main inspirations in my early hoop practice sessions and nurtured many ecstatic moments of flow. He's my brother (in spirit) and he inspires me.
The photographer in the session, Julie Hanna, both Matt and I went to high school with and have been gifted to see her work and life shine. She was our third practitioner to offer her flow to the space. We've been combining our arts for some time now as well. Julie and I have a running Hoop/Photography project going titled, "Illuminated Movement". Through this practice I have been able to see every small moment in my dance, through her lens. She is my sister (in spirit) and she inspires me.
For this episode, I asked Matt to play a 30 min. set which turned into 43 minutes of sweaty sweaty flow, flailing and occasional failure. The full video was too long for Youtube standards so I will be releasing it in parts. This is part 1 of 3! It gets much much sweatier...and flail-ier. Yup. Flailier. It's a word now, I just decided. Feels good to say right? FlailierFlalierFlalier! (If you actually could read that, congrats! You're a tongue ninja)
The lesson of this moment in practice (Note: there will be a different one for each part): We all find our ways to bring ourselves into the space, and in our truest form, through the art that opens us to experience and flow. When we use this willingness to share our practice collaboratively we nurture something diversely inspired.
I will go places I never thought I would simply by being moved by what someone else's expression can do.
INFO FOR MUSIC AND PHOTOGRAPHY:
Matt Spencer, aka Octopod, is a seasoned selector and budding producer. He is well known in the Bay for his hypnotic grooves and dynamic live sessions. He is known for his versatile range of styles, from peak-hour, high energy sets to sexy chill-out. This set with Tiana showcases his own new and unreleased productions, as well as those of fellow Bay area producers and from musicians around the globe.
Octo's Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/octopod
Direct contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
WILL POST LINK TO THE SET SOON!
Julie Hanna Photography:
Our Present Practice Preview Album:
My hoop is a 34" UV orange polypro from Synergy Flow Arts.