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Month: December, 2011

Inspiration is Everywhere: Pema Chödrön

”There is a story about a group of people climbing to the top of a mountain. It turns out it’s pretty steep, and as soon as they get up to a certain height, a couple of people look down and see how far it is, and they completely freeze; they had come up against their edge and they couldn’t go beyond it. The fear was so great that they couldn’t move. Other people tripped on ahead, laughing and talking, but as the climb got steeper and more scary, more people began to get scared and freeze. All the way up the mountain there were places where people met their edge and just froze and couldn’t go any farther. The people who made it to the top looked out and were very happy to have made it to the top. The moral of the story is that it really doesn’t make any difference where you meet your edge; just meeting it is the point. Life is a whole journey of meeting your edge again and again. That’s where you’re challenged; that’s where, if you’re a person who wants to live, you start to ask yourself questions like, ‘Now why am I so scared? What is it that I don’t want to see? Why can’t I go further than this?’ The people who got to the top were not the heroes of the day. It’s just that they weren’t afraid of heights; they are going to meet their edge somewhere else. The ones who froze at the bottom were not the losers. They simply stopped first and so their lesson come earlier than the others. However, sooner or later everybody meets his or her edge.” -from Chödrön’s “The Wisdom of No Escape”

This passage really helped me out a few months ago. In moments where I would freeze, I would consider the possibility of simply continuing. Just seeing if I could go further, then freeze again, then go further. Pema’s message is incredibly liberating. I mean, I’m nowhere near where I could be. But this concept of constantly meeting my edge has changed my life. Even little stuff like asking for help in a store (something that scares me) became a recognition of that freezing moment and then a possibility to step past it and just keep going.

words: Phoebe Rose Sandford and Pema Chödrön
photography: Shambhala Publications


Meet The Members: Phoebe Rose Sandford

We’ve asked each of the ten RedCurrant members what they’ve been up to since graduating from Tisch and what they are looking forward to doing with the Collective in the next year.

Pheobe Rose Sandford (or “The Weeb” as her dad calls her) is one half of our Administrative Team. This past summer she spent her time dancing for Naomi Goldberg-Haas and Marie Alonz Snyder. When she wasn’t dancing, she was teaching tweens and teens, imparting all her choreographic wisdom to young artists.

Currently, Phoebe is interning with Monica Bill Barnes, whom she has identified as her idol. Being in that fresh-out-of-college state, she runs errands and generally acts as a sponge, trying to soak up everything she can. Phoebe Rose wants to eventually put into practice for RedCurrant all the nuances of creating and producing dance that she has picked up along the way. In addition to her internship, Phoebe is also working with TaraMarie Perri towards her Mind Body Dancer™ yoga certification. She is Supta Baddha Konasana-ing her way to joining Claire and Liz as RedCurrant’s third yoga instructor.

Like most artists in NYC, Phoebe also has a non-dancing job; she works at Buddakan, a swanky Asian fusion restaurant in Chelsea. But trust us when we say that her time, energy, and spark are always focused on dancing.

Looking forward, Phoebe is excited for the collective to develop strong relationships with collaborators, solidify a body of work, and get the word out there so “people (besides our mothers)” know who we are and what we’re here to do!

Tune in soon for our next installment. Thanks Phoebe!

Phoebe Sandford has never met a rat she didn’t like. She likes to eat meat pies while winking. Her favorite place to dance is the shower. One day, she would like to dance in the shower without falling.

words: Allie Pfeffer and Phoebe Sandford
photography: Samantha Siegel