Somehow, I’ve neglected to tell you about the aliens landing here in North Carolina. And no, I don’t mean just us hoopers. From sun-up to sun-down, we are audience to a constant and unbelievably loud whirring that recalls every UFO film you’ve ever seen. You’d swear that alien ships were landing all around us … there’s just no other way to describe it. But, in fact, the swooshing symphony is the emerging of a special kind of cicada that rises from beneath the dirt only once every 13 years to mate and lay its eggs. The buzzing is the cicada’s mating call … heralding the new generation of its kind.
It has been the soundtrack, a recurring theme, for our gathering here. And it’s hard not to see it as some kind of portent for the future of our own underground culture. You don’t have to be right here with us to feel the stirring of something phenomenally new, to know that our circle is growing, multiplying, and creating movement that we couldn’t have imagined thirteen years ago.Today’s classes and workshops seemed focused on that as well. Khan, Shakti and Nayeli, and Hoop Technique turned our communal attention toward a deliberate understanding of soulful skill-in-the-hoop. The very idea that we can have 18 separate workshops dedicated to as many modes of hooping is testament enough that we are together entering a promising time of maturation. Our little hooping world is growing up and may soon be asking for the keys to the proverbial car, is what I mean!
There is here a growing sense of intense inspiration coupled with serious motivation – my favorite pair! One’s not much good without the other, after all. Today, all eyes seemed to be on a future for hooping informed and guided by its past. I enjoyed speaking with Danielle Odette about the first-year event (Spin Summit in July) she’s helping to create in Colorado, the role our hoop gatherings play in nurturing community and the paths they could take in shaping what’s next.The big event today – The Performance Showcase at the Arts Center in Carrboro- only served to drive this thought home for many of us. I am finding it difficult to describe what I saw without feeling incoherently effusive. But suffice it to say that I was forced to realize I’d never seen hooping on-stage before. Sure, I’ve seen videos, and I am aware that it happens. But it is another thing entirely to see the art form we hold so dear at its prom-dress best. 18 back-to-back, solid displays of hooping doing what we know it can do. And doing it incredibly, incredibly well. I’m not exactly talking about the talent and skill here, either. We were moved to tears, moved to our feet, and moved to think about what parts of our human story this dance is capable of communicating.
Even now at 2 a.m. those filtering in from the after-party are still beaming. Still planning and discussing new ideas, moves, and projects. Heck, they’re still hooping. In the rain. And they bring reports that the performance reception at the FlowJo is still raging.
Lara Eastburn has been dancing in meadows and singing with the moon while spinning in circles for eons at Superhooper.org. Beyond commenting here, you can also discuss this and other topics related to the Hooposophy for living in Hooping.org’s Hooposophy Group and Gorum. Lara is also the planting and gardening force behind discovering our hooping community roots at The Hooping Family Tree Project.