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Apr. 25th, 2004

I feel bad for my neglected friends page. But my brain is not processing, much of anything really and I'm still in the throes of playing catch-up on LJ.

Things have been hectic to say the least and physically I am utterly knackered.

Went out for a night of trance on Saturday eve- very cool, very mellow, and I impressed myself immensely by being fitter than I anticipated. True, by 2 am I was so knackered I was sleep dancing, but nonetheless this is two and a bit solid hours of dance on 5 hours of sleep and no chemical help.

I do love trance and I'm falling in love with poi. They are so pretty. meepettemu pointed out ways of making some from dog leads adn tennis balls which I found fascinating but fear may be beyond the scope of my DIY. I've been practising with tennis balls inside knee high socks, managing to get some nice swing action in between lots of clonking myself on the head (the trademark of any successful endeavour).

Ended up chilling for sections of the night on sofas in some little den room listening to bad-yet-utterly-entrancing performance art, certainly a step-up from chill out lounges in my previous trance experiences which largely only featured bear-stained carpet and gurning people by means of entertainment.

Overall It feels good to have gone out and moved around even though my body whinges.

Today was a productive day at Breaking Free- We were doing role plays; at the start of training I thought this would be difficult, but actually it was fun.

We paired up in teams, a sort of simulation of the helpline, one person was sat by a dummy phone acting as the helper, while the other person was behind them role playing a scenario written on a piece of paper they'd been given (and not known to the helper).

My piece of paper read: Sobbing (Flashbacks) and I was determined to give it my best shot and make it as real as possible. It's funny, for myself I cannot cry (I feel too self-conscious), but as someone else I had no problem with it. I had to close my eyes though, it was the only way I could focus on my role.

For a short time it was like being back in the theatre, except as my more mature self who doesn't feel embarassed and who can slide into a role with ease. And I did. I was damn good and I was pleased with myself.

I hyperventilated, I sobbed, I howled, I cried, I was incoherent and I gave my partner a damn hard time (which was mean of me, but I'd done it on purpose because I figure we will encounter that scenario for real and it is better to practice it and get familiar with it).

It was an intense experience for the group as a whole because people thought it was real and they were reacting to it emotionally. The comments afterwards were that I was a frighteningly good actress and should be burnt at the stake and that it was all quite eerie and made people in the group feel quite emotional and want to cuddle/hug me.

So hurray for a job well done. ;)



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 25th, 2004 05:10 pm (UTC)
But what are poi??
Apr. 26th, 2004 04:35 am (UTC)
Re: *impressed*
poi are nifty little things you swing around yourself ( a ball on the end of a string or chain), I have no good ways of describing it really and I couldn't find a decent picture so here's a link to an explanatory site. :)

Apr. 25th, 2004 08:47 pm (UTC)
I was about to ask about poi as well, but since it's already been done, I'm gonna pester with another question. What's this "Breaking Free"? *curious*
Apr. 26th, 2004 04:43 am (UTC)
Breaking Free is an organisation that has been set up to help adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse- I'm training to work on the helplines (not everyone's cup of tea, and it is hard but I like it-yes, i am indeed a strange little cookie;) ).

and for poi check out: http://www.homeofpoi.com
Apr. 26th, 2004 05:55 am (UTC)
*checks out poi* Ah. Those thingies. *s*

Breaking Free is an organisation that has been set up to help adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse- I'm training to work on the helplines (not everyone's cup of tea, and it is hard but I like it-yes, i am indeed a strange little cookie;) ).

*s* You don't seem one bit stranger than the rest of the world. Quite the contrary, in fact. *s*
Apr. 25th, 2004 11:42 pm (UTC)
ooh! i know how to make poi balls! well, i dont have poi, but otherwise...

my fifth grade teachers were hawaiian, and it was tradition for the graduating 5th graders to learn to hula and sing traditional songs and put on a show. including the headdresses, grass skirts, a little bit of maori face paint, and poi balls, which we had to make ourselves.

Apr. 26th, 2004 04:44 am (UTC)
that sounds fun!
I think the only tradition our fifth grade teachers had was to shout and whack us on the head. ;)

what did you make poi from? *curious*
Apr. 26th, 2004 05:23 pm (UTC)
we used paper towels that were bunched up very tightly so it was pretty dense. then covered them in fabric so that they looked like a little bundle and braided the cord to attach.

i was reading the other responses -- tennis balls, etc. would work, but paper towels/napkins, etc. may be less costly.

have fun!
Apr. 26th, 2004 03:54 am (UTC)
tennis balls are considerably larger than poi - try ping pong balls -
they have less density and thus less damaging velocity if they break free and fly off all over the place.

Ultimately, it isn't an art form so say as much as a children's pursuit that has grown a little - yoyo tricks are far more complex to master.

[and for an easy cudgel - use a snooker ball in a sock]

That said, poi should be fairly cheap to pickup
Apr. 26th, 2004 04:52 am (UTC)
less damaging velocity is indeed an excellen point...
wow, yoyo tricks that takes me back...

I don't think I've ever actually accomplished any beyond getting the string tangled in Gordian knots in record time.

It may not be an art form, but it looks so pretty and this is sufficient to satisfy my shallow magpie-ish cravings.

snooker ball in a sock, the poi of death... ;) (has mental visions of suicide/homicide cannily concealed as a poi accident). I could ship them to people as a gift. it could be even bigger than the scarf of death. Also a fantastic way of fending off irritating people in clubs.

*mind ticks away merrily*
Apr. 26th, 2004 07:22 am (UTC)
A friend of mine made her own ace poi with tennis balls, they worked really well, but then she was excellent :o)

Make own poi? http://www.thevenue.org/making_practice_poi.htm (with pictures!)

Interestingly, it seems that poi is also a food
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