RECLAIMING THE BODY AS HOME:
THE BODYBASED ARTS AS CENTER OF THE ‘NEW VILLAGE'

by Nala Walla

 

CONCLUSION

Any community truly dedicated to wholism and sustainability must recognize the equal importance of the sciences, the trades, and arts of all kinds. As New Villagers, we must strive to dissolve outdated, dysfunctional hierarchies among disciplines and encourage creative crosspollination, revering the arts right along with the sciences. Continued undervaluing of the essential teachings that the various intuitive practices and arts have for each of us and our communities would be a Type One error—one which makes all future endeavors towards sustainability nearly impossible.

Radical experimentation with diversity in movement, story, and song—both personally and in community—is now especially important in order to reveal crucial information for how we can heal ourselves from unsustainable societal patterns. Improvisational and participatory arts as a practice in the studio, on the stage, and around the campfire better prepares us to improvise in life. And improvisation is a skill that will become more and more valuable as the pace of climate, social, and technological change continues to accelerate. New Villagers must follow precedents already established by natural law and indigenous peoples, and restore the creative, immediate arts to a central place in our community designs. Nothing less than the preservation of the human race is at stake.

"The universe wants to play. Those who refuse out of dry spiritual greed & choose pure contemplation forfeit their humanity—those who refuse out of dull anguish, those who hesitate, lose their chance at divinity—those who mold themselves blind masks of Ideas & thrash around seeking some proof of their own solidity end by seeing out of dead men’s eyes."
– Hakim Bey

 

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