“I was raised among books, making invisible friends in pages that seemed cast from dust and whose smell I carry on my hands to this day.”

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Stories, Symbols and Imagination

Before I could even read, I knew my first books by heart, as they made such an impact when my parents read them to me. Stories, symbols and mythology have helped me so much with making sense of the world, finding out what really matters, and dealing with (unforeseen) circumstances.

Authors such as Monica Furlong, Tonke Dragt, Paulo Coelho, Frederik van Eeden, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Philip Pullman, J.K. Rowling and many others continue to have an ongoing influence in my life…

My paper heroes act as inspiring examples to make a different choice, or simply help me to ‘hang in there’. They teach me about hopes and fears, faith, courage, failure, betrayal, challenge, the soul, choice, time, friendship, victory, magic, abundance, perseverance, innocence, life and death.

These archetypal experiences, or ‘great images’ as Martha Graham called them, grow with and through each and every one of us. That is an expression of how interconnect we are, as human beings, with all forms and manifestations of life.

It was not until I had a big dream in 2009, that I thought of combining stories, symbols and the imagination with my other passion for dance. Story-Dancing & Ritual is the concept I developed to embody our personal and cultural stories through the medium of movement. Wherever I have taught this, people have been surprised by the transformational power of this work. We all love to listen to stories. How about dancing them?

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