"Let’s face it, the universe is messy. it is nonlinear, turbulent and chaotic. It is dynamic. It spends time in transient behaviour on its way to somewhere else, not in mathmatically neat equilibria. It self-organizes and evolves. it creates diversity, not uniformity. That’s what makes the world interesting, that’s what makes it beautiful, and that’s what makes it work”. (Donella Meadows.)
Angus McLean Balbernie. Artist.
Directs. Choreographs. Makes performance work. Improvises. Sometimes performs for others.
Works with (and teaches) choreography, movement, improvisation, composition, imagination. Also does some music, soundscapes and set-design.
As interested in landscape and environment as it moves as in performance. In ecopoetics and embodied landscape as in any set ideas...
Always walked, camped and climbed in mountains and wild.
Growing old, knackered knees, still loves to limp along a mountain path, forest depth or valley edge...
trusting Mary Oliver writing...
“Nature, the total of all of us, is the wheel that drives our world; those who ride it willingly might yet catch a glimpse of a dazzling even spiritual restfulness, while those who are unwilling simply to hang on, who insist that the world must be piloted by man for his won benefit, will be dragged around and around all the same, gathering dust but no joy.”
And probably constantly failing Barry Lopez's question, when he asks...
“How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one’s culture but within oneself?
If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox.
One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions.
You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light.”