Wayfinders make their way through the fog of empire at Fujiko Nakaya’s #FogxFlo

Photo by Holly Collins

hosted by Boston Emerald Necklace Conservancy, Fujiko Nakaya’s #FogxFlo invited Mattia and me to present a piece at the JP Pond Location

Fri sep 14, 4-7pm, Cutchemekin (pronounced Cut – cha – Makin) or jp pond .

We were fortunate that Friday graced us with the last delicious hot horizontals beams of late summer sun.

The community we practiced turned up wonderfully.

We were wayfinders navigating the fog of empire .

We asked permission and blessing from the Massachuset nation that stewards this land each time before performing as a practice of acknowledging that this land we live on is stolen and that its original stewards have been and continue to actively resist a violent colonial state

We performed in song movement violin and ghungroo bells – relating the complex processes of assimilation, internalized empire, intentional decolonization and mourning in all the ways it comes

We performed in ceremony over two hours. Each hour featured a different arrangement of prepared pieces and ceremony.
We invited people to be with us in community, remember and do the great work of honoring those whom we mourn and those especially lost to empire in the way we live our lives
We invited friends to bring a dried flower, root, herb or a found object as offering. Have on their tongue the name of a person still living who is a warrior they wished to send blessings to, a person who was lost to state sanctioned violence, a person they miss

We shared in song, movement and sweet nourishment

The story harked back to the last time I was able to perform in communion outside – almost precisely three years ago (Since then I had taken ill and had to disband my dance company In Divine Company) – I was at the time performing an adaptation of the jataka fables featuring lovely animal duets struggling with community accountability.

This time we are pleased to be joined by an elderly hawk and the spirit of a stag cut down in the prime of his life.

“Wayfinders” Performance schedule

5:00 Introducing the Deer and the Hawk (2 dances) + Welcome.
We asked: What does mourning mean to you and how does it show up in your life?


5:30 Introducing the Deer and the Hawk (2 dances) + Introduction.
We asked: Who do you mourn with? + the last time you mourned, did you wish you had more support?


6:00 Community AbunDance + Manifesto as Song (2 Dances) + Participatory Ceremony.
We chanted and meditatively danced to: Who holds us when we mourn?

We debuted a manifesto named “Reconciliation with the indigeneity in us: a manifesto for empire people” wholly transformed by song


In ceremony we centered the innocence of planting as a metaphor for the transitions in relationships: We asked: What seeds do we carry forward that eventually fruit? We asked people to instinctively take some of the shared seeds home and plant them somewhere that needs some care. We acknowledges there were people in the space who could identify every plant and those who may not know one. That some will choose an object that would not seed.

6:30 Deer and the Hawk (2 dances) + Closing.
We asked: How do we create spaces where community can hold us in our grief? What brings you comfort? What are some concrete things we can set up for in community to be in place next time someone grieves?


Rehearsal on-site

Rehearsal at home

FogxFlo continues through Oct 31! You may follow the current performances using #fogxflo on any social media platform