Dance and music
It is well known that music enriches and transforms people in ways beyond measurement. But is it possible to tap this potential for transformation in a focussed, even systematic way?
This project, Musical Remedies, by the composer Andrew Morris of Herefordshire, England, is an attempt to translate the essence of the Bach Flower Remedies into the language of music.
Dance a flower – and let it heal you
For every one of the 38 Bach flower essences a dance has been created. The joyful or meditative circle-dances help body and mind to absorb the healing potential of the flowers. Bolette Daniels Beck is a Danish music therapist and has provided a general introduction to the use of dance associated with the Bach flower remedies, with particular reference to the work of Anastasia Geng as developed and taught by Martine Winnington. (First published in July 1999 in Nyt Aspekt, Copenhagen.)
How dance and Bach flowers came together
The flower dances were created in the 1980s and 90s by Anastasia Geng (1922-2002) who lived in Germany but was originally from Latvia. Anastasia had throughout her life been interested in the traditional music and dances of her native country. In Latvia the songs, music and dances have roots that go all the way back to pre-Christian times, to the worship of ancient mothers, and particularly Mara, the Mother of Life. We reproduce Anastasia's commentary on the background to the dances.
Music for flower dances
Examples of the traditional folk music chosen by Anastasia Geng and used by Martine Winnington for the Bach flower dances. [You need a connection speed greater than 180kbps to hear them.]
Further information about Martine Winnington, Anastasia Geng and the flower dances can be found at www.martinewinnington.com