When I dance it is all very real, very vivid and very alive.  I dance to feed all that is wild and holy in this life.  For me it is a kind of ritual experience that connects me to a meaningful and deep side of life.  It is a way to maintain flexibility both in my body and in my perceptions.  It is a way of being in the world, of participating in and cultivating the relationship between inside universe and outside universe.  Of course we all face sickness, old age and death.  If we do not keep physically moving, then as we grow old our bodies calcify and bind up.  The energy that flows through our joints and organizes around our chakras begins to stagnate.  Dance is a way to playfully move through the different stages of our life.  In the same way a flowering plant moves through different stages from seed to bud to blossom and withering so do our bodies.  For me dance is this process of life and death, it is the journey from beginning to end and then beyond...  This, I believe, is the only real health there is and it is possible to dance through any stage of life.  You know, to be graceful, open, willing, present.  So my vocation is to dance through this life and help others along the way… 

 -Nathan

MESA (Movement & Ecology Sanctuary for Art)

Ritual Dance Camp 2019

June 4th-9th

Year 7 ~ for the noble quest of beauty, and further still to let the beauty in! 


To Register Click Here


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Dance is relationship.  In this ever changing world we look for some stability, some kind of ground to stand on.  And we do stand here, in our selves upon the firm body of our Mother Earth.  Both inside and outside we are constantly moved by the wind, the waves, the coming and going of infinite expression.  Your interior world, rich in its longings and dreams calls you to fulfill a vision.  And the world outside, terrible and beautiful in all its demands calls you to respond.  Ritual Dance is the meeting of these two worlds. 

 

The MESA is centered on our relationship with the earth and our own wild, creative souls as understood through Ritual Dance practice. Here on the MESA we have a sanctuary, a place to give full attention to the meaningful side of life through dance.  During our five days together we can dissolve some the boundary between life and art.  Here we can safely gather to explore our deep honesty, supported by nature in a protected environment.  At the core of the MESA is the premise that indigenous belonging lives within the earth herself and thus within our own bodies.  Dance in nature can be a powerful tool for uncovering, integrating and healing our relations to the earth and our past.  During our time together we train to open the joints and the imagination simultaneously expanding body and mind in relationship with each other and the landscape.  Together we approach the land as a kind of sacred stage or living story where we can confront, search, take risks and be supported in our dreams.  We take the privilege to spend this time together deeply exploring our creative impulses, deep longings, ancestral memories and dreams for the future.  We focus on opening our energy centers and other gates of the body to liberate and recover ourselves in a ritual blessing for each other, our ancestors and the earth.  Make the pilgrimage and touch the matter of your wild soul!

 

$425 Early Bird (before April 15th)

$550 Sleepy Heads (after April 15th)

 

In order to minimize impact on the land space is limited to 12 participants total.  Early registration is recommended to secure a spot.

 

Schedule:
June 4th, 3pm meet in Ridgway, CO and carpool to the site. 

June 5th ~ 9th Workshop.

 

 

Dinner will be provided each night and is included in the cost of the workshop.  Food preferences, allergies, etc will be assessed individually in creating our meal plan.  Beyond dinner all participants must bring their own food for the duration of the workshop (no resupply). 

 

Camping will be provided on site, however there are limited amenities.  Please plan to bring your own camping gear.  A basic outdoor group kitchen will be provided for participants to share.  There will be toilets on site.

 

Ridgway, CO is not close to Denver.  It is six hours distant from both Salt Lake City and Denver.  You will need to arrange your own travel.  Driving is easiest although it is possible to fly into Montrose and we can help coordinate rides to and from the airport.

 

The MESA workshop takes place on 80 acres of Piñon-Juniper wilderness protected by a conservation land trust established by my great aunt and uncle.  This land has been in my family for almost 40 years.  Since that time it has remained a sanctuary for animals, plants, invisible beings, family, friends, humor and art.

 

About the facilitator:  Nathan Montgomery is a dance artist and facilitator of ritual dance workshops and community offerings.    Nathan brings twenty years of experience in Butoh Dance, Dance Improvisation, Movement Theater and Ritual/Ceremonial dance traditions to his workshops.  He has distilled this experience into a format of ritual dance process to support the basic need for an embodied expression of meaning in ones life.  His work supports people to access their feelings, visions, intuitions and deep memory through integrative movement exercises.  By opening the joints, chakras and other gates of the body these exercises allow for healing, insight and the recovery of raw life force.  The format is both improvisational and technical.  There is a strong emphasis on relationship and the cultivation of energy in a group ritual context.  Throughout his workshops participants have a chance to explore and integrate their many sides including the shadow and the light.  

 

 

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Ritual Dance Immersion
May 11 12-6pm
Boulder Circus Center
$40 register online by April 26th
$55 online after April 26th
$65 at the door

Register at Eventbrite https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ritual-dance-immersion-tickets-59594309183

Join us for a one day intensive in the art of Ritual Dance facilitated by Nathan Montgomery of Syzygy Butoh.  Nathan brings twenty years of experience in Butoh Dance, Dance Improvisation, Movement Theater and Ritual/Ceremonial dance traditions to his workshops.  He has distilled this experience into a format of ritual dance process to support the basic need for embodied expression of meaning in life.  Our ancestors created rituals in order to establish and maintain a connection to the sacred or meaningful side of life.  These rituals not only kept the world turning but also enabled the individual to live a life of purpose and dedication to something bigger than personal comfort and material gain.  When we come together to intentionally and deeply commune with life this strong and good way still opens before us. It is our birthright to live, give and receive to the very fullest.  Meaning and purpose are like food and water, our souls cannot live without them.  Please join us and help create new rituals to nourish and heal all of our relations!

Through a balance of physical forms and improvisation we will exercise the body and imagination simultaneously.  
We will focus on opening the joints and other gates of the body to liberate our expression.  

We will explore the dance of the flower, the simple but profound cycle of birth, growth, flowering, fruiting, death and the mystery of renewal and rebirth.

We will focus on relationship and connection with each other throughout the process.

We will finish by offering the fruits of our time together as a gift to life, seen and unseen.

Please contact us with any questions and we look forward to seeing you there.

~Nathan