Tag Archive for Spirals

Jelena Mitra’s Love of Geometry and Fibonacci

Jelena Mitra Jelena Mitra Thiessen of Mitra Hoop knows that everything is geometric. Fraktalfabriken in Sweden set a world record in building the world’s largest fractal pyramid too. It’s 16 m high and it’s a structure that never ends. It goes on forever, but just gets smaller and smaller (or bigger). She says, “You can not measure the fractal precisely because it never ends. It is part of the fibonacci sequence. When we do hoop dance we also create this movement and pattern in, around and out through the body. It can be hard to physically witness it, but if you do hooping then I’m sure you are feeling it.The fibonacci creates an angular/square pattern, as well an equal circular pattern that fits perfectly into each other. When these two patterns are combined into motion it creates a spiral (fibonacci). This is what we do when we dance our hoop dance.” Jelena lives in Stockholm, Sweden, and the soundtrack here is “iPlayYouListen” by Odesza and you can download it for free on Soundcloud.

Rumi, Poet Laureate of Hoopers

hoopingwhirl[Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn  shares her love for Rumi.]

by Lara Eastburn

As hoopers, feelers, movers and thinkers, odds are you’ve heard of the 13th century Persian poet known to the Western world as Rumi. If you haven’t, then prepare yourself for a dose of twirling, whirling enlightenment. And even if you are familiar with his vocabulary of love, separation, and circles, perhaps you have not yet thought about how pertinent his poetry and philosophy could be to your hoopdance. Did you know that Rumi most often recited his poetry while spinning around a column? Take that in for a moment. The greatest philosopher, poet, and spiritual leader of his time didn’t consider his most sacred or profane thoughts complete, or even truly meaningful, until his body was physically expressing them through dance, and… literally in circles.

Rumi believed that the planets – and everything else the 13th century hadn’t even dreamed of yet — was turning in chorus, in spirals around itself. And so he believed that human participation in a naturally revolving universe meant that we should spin, too.  He wrote and spoke about every mundane facet of our seemingly basic lives. But when he spoke about it while whirling, he revealed those emotional and human loops as Art. Rumi endeavored to show us that if we move honestly, and especially in circles, we give tribute to what we are. Rumi IS the poet laureate of hoopdancers and that’s exactly the argument I aim to make in this week’s Hooposophy article.

Spiraling Out of Nature A Visual Essay

Visual Essay Intro [Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn welcomed Lafayette Rosa Lee into the world, and while she’s busy with her new baby, we proudly present the best of Hoopsophy.]

by Lara Eastburn

When you started hooping, did you start seeing circles and spirals everywhere? That’s because they ARE everywhere. After all, your body is not the first thing to opt for turning around itself in circles as the most natural and intuitive way to go. Nature itself often chooses to do the same. As it turns out, from the cellular level to our galaxy’s planetary orbits and beyond, the most efficient way from A to B is NOT always a straight line. Instead, when nature opts for a spiraling path, scientists and aesthetes alike find themselves reflecting upon it in awe. The phenomenon is incredibly complex and, somehow, also mind-boggingly simple… so much so that we define it as “the golden ratio,” an irrational mathematical constant. In layman’s terms, that means we don’t know how or why it happens, but it does happen over and over again. It is how math explains and draws lines between nature, art, and music. In short, it is the mathematical equation for Beauty. I don’t have to dig on math to dig on that … that’s just spectacularly awesome.

Spinning Circles in a Spiral

Josie Feingold of Puzzle Dust Circus hoops at the Santa Barbara Courthouse inside the round alcove of a towering spiral staircase. Originally she was hooping quickly, in silence, because she thought she was going to be kicked out, but when the courthouse officers noticed, they started watching and began directing people not to walk through her shoot. Filmed in Santa Barbara, California, USA, Josie is from Australia.

Spiraling Out Of Nature: A Visual Essay

Visual Essay Intro[Hooping.org columnist Lara Eastburn opens our eyes in this weeks Hoopsophy entry.]

by Lara Eastburn

When you started hooping, did you start seeing circles and spirals everywhere? That’s because they ARE everywhere. After all, your body is not the first thing to opt for turning around itself in circles as the most natural and intuitive way to go. Nature itself often chooses to do the same. As it turns out, from the cellular level to our galaxy’s planetary orbits and beyond, the most efficient way from A to B is NOT always a straight line. Instead, when nature opts for a spiraling path, scientists and aesthetes alike find themselves reflecting upon it in awe. The phenomenon is incredibly complex and, somehow, also mind-boggingly simple… so much so that we define it as “the golden ratio,” an irrational mathematical constant. In layman’s terms, that means we don’t know how or why it happens, but it does happen over and over again. It is how math explains and draws lines between nature, art, and music. In short, it is the mathematical equation for Beauty. I don’t have to dig on math to dig on that … that’s just spectacularly awesome.