It was our TallMan in the Sky that once taught the performing workshop students a very valuable lesson. Though a very jovial person, Kamal Durant can be quite stern and serious especially when it comes to performances.
As one of his students, I may forget the dance moves or the lines to the songs but these four rules or agreements will stay with me for life. I do hope that at least one stays with you throughout yours.
The Four Agreements are:
1. Be Impeccable with your Word:
Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the Word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your Word in the direction of God, truth and love.
2. Don’t Take Anything Personally
Nothing others do is because of you. What others say and do is a projection of their own reality, their own dream. When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.
3. Don’t Make Assumptions
Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want. Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness and drama. With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.
4. Always Do Your Best
Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.
As you practice living these four agreements or rules your life will dramatically change. In the beginning these new habits will be challenging and you will lapse countless times. With practice these agreements become integrated into your being and every area of your life and become easy habits to keep.
We want to send out a big CONGRATS to TallMan representative Anya Ayoung-Chee on her project runway win.
In particular, special thanks to the Project Runway viewing party she planned and hosted which benefits The TallMan Foundation.
Anya skyping to the Trinidad Project Runway Finale Viewing Party.
At the event several TallMan members were present, from both the committee and student body.
Students at the Viewing Party.
The energy on the rooftop was palpable and it got increasingly tense up till Anya was announced the ultimate winner.
Her family celebrating when the winner is announced.
TallMan students at the Finale.
Two TallMan students are pursuing an internship-type program with Alice Yard.
A shot of Alice Yard
On our first meeting about this program we met Artist in resident Joanna Crichlow (See here http://aliceyard.blogspot.com/2011/07/artist-in-residence-joanna-crichlow.html).
Artist in resident Alice Yard 2011 - Joanna Crichlow
One of the first missions given was to find and explore the newly opened Suede Molte Art Studio - A new studio based in Curepe and run by young artist Jemima Charles (meet Ms. Charles here http://jemimacharles.blogspot.com/).
Jemima Charles stands between two of her pieces. On the left 'Uniformity' and on the right 'Red'.
During the visit Jemima and Joanna shared notes on materials, design, sources of inspiration.
Towards the end of the visit Jemima insisted we design our own cones for a current project she’s working on. This was the end result:
- The created cones.
All in all it was a wonderful visit between creative minds. Suede Molte Art Studio has art classes for July. Email Jemima at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about the inception of TallMan Foundation out of Trinidad and Tobago. Founder Michele Jodhan talks about the motivation behind TallMan:
Young people singing in the streets about re-evolution… No, it’s not Trinidad’s version of west side story, it’s just TallMan Foundation singing the chorus of the hit single off 3 Canal’s newest album.
Special thanks to 3Canal for giving TallMan a space in their 2011 Carnival show.
I praise the dance,
for it frees people from the heaviness of matter
and binds the isolated to community.
I praise the dance, which demands everything:
health and a clear spirit and a buoyant soul.
Dance is a transformation of space, of time, of people,
who are in constant danger of becoming all brain,
will, or feeling.
Dancing demands a whole person,
one who is firmly anchored in the center of his life,
who is not obsessed by lust for people and things
and the demon of isolation in his own ego.
Dancing demands a freed person,
one who vibrates with the equipoise of all his powers.
I praise the dance.
O man, learn to dance,
or else the angels in heaven will not know
what to do with you.
- Saint Augustine