Monday, June 13, 2016

America's Moral #Pulse

More love. More vulnerability. More kissing.

#SpencerTunick photo


America's Moral #Pulse


Thursday, April 07, 2016

Wahmanholm: learn to spell it

by: Claire Wahmanholm

Lullaby with Daughter Cells

Embedded,      the sleeping body is ship and shipwreck, reef, fish den,
oyster nest,                    once my own anemone, once a wish,
transmission of ten thousand trillion divisions,            so almost infinite,
so infinitely far from it.
                                          Beneath the skin,      repetition churns
its whirls of fingerprints            and strands of future selves,
constructing endless daughters, endless spindles, endless paths
into the woods.
                           Sleep passes for safety,           but is only a curse’s deferral,
never its breaking.            Your body’s already a whir, was always
an engine, gendered and generative, her from the first. All I gave
you was a pair of points. Sleep between them  for as long as you can.


A point is that which has no part
      —Euclid, Elements, Book I
A given
is always
a point
of departure,
a puncture,
origin of
a wound,
some newness.
For example,
this given:
that points
are partless,
when really
they’re couple-
numbered, binary;
the way,
no matter
how fast
it flies,
a bluebird’s
blue can
never outstrip
its bird,
or butter
drain from
its cup,
rattle shed
its snake.
What would
it do,
that bird—
unblue, unselved,
blanched on
winter’s branch,
absent against
its white?
Without you,
I’m only
the idea
of flight.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016


There are two parenting styles at the playground. One views a slide as uni-directional. The other style is espoused by a parent whose kid challenges such one-way linear thinking.

My kid proved today that there is more than one way to shimmy down a fire pole.




Tuesday, February 16, 2016

One Billion Rising Budapest 2016: Theater and Dance (video)

This year's event featured the Break the Chain dance followed by an innovative theater piece created to explore sexual consent.

The play focusses on the idea that sexual violence is often committed by acquaintances who use other methods than physical coercion.

A theatre performance, website (, and short films send messages to perpetrators, victims and the society: 

no means no, and only yes means yes.

View the dance below:


Friday, February 12, 2016



EE Headshot Brigitte Lacombe


I think we must live now on the edge of incomprehensible madness, refusing to give up 
and refusing to pretend. Dancing on the precipice of annihilation while passionately 
encouraging and welcoming the new paradigm. This is most difficult in a world, in 
a system that has thoroughly indoctrinated us in a refusal to think, in the sound bite, 
in yes and nos, likes and unlikes, with us or against us pathology, in idiotic, 
consumable brandable, reductionist absolutes. To be an enthusiastic absurdist requires 
embracing ambiguity, insecurity, and it means looking at the predicament we are in 
head on. It means leaping and assuming you will fall, dancing in the chaotic 
impossible passionate possible.

So we must learn the art and practice of disruption. We must release the tentacles 
of our false securities and interrupt the world as we know it. We must assume that 
anywhere we live or anything we are doing can change or disintegrate on a dime and 
we must practice changing and letting it go. Living as if there is no future but the one 
we are creating. Nothing guaranteed but our willingness to live as pioneers of a new 
consciousness and way. And we must become disrupters. That is the power of creative 
resistance. Interrupting business as usual, taking stands that forfeit our acceptance or 
economic elevation, risking disapproval and controversy, participating in actions that 
loosen our grip on the suicidal givens and push the tyrants to fall. Disrupters, fighting 
and dancing with all our might for life over comfort.

– Eve Ensler

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Laugh: Cannonball Ice Dude

so much to love about this video


Egymilliárd nő ébredése (One Billion Rising) 2016

„Egymilliárd nő bántalmazása gyalázat, egymilliárd nő tánca forradalom” (Eve Ensler)


Egymilliárd nő ébredése (One Billion Rising) 2016, Budapest – új forradalom a nők és lányok elleni erőszak ellen

Szeretettel meghívjuk a Magyar Női Érdekérvényesítő Szövetség, a NANE Egyesület és a Nőkért Egyesület közös rendezésében tartandó eseményre!

Időpont: 2016. február 14. vasárnap, délután 3.
Helyszín: Bálint Ház. Budapest, VI. Révay u. 16.

Idén negyedik alkalommal kerül megrendezésre az Egymilliárd nő ébredése (One Billion Rising) világméretű kampány. Az esemény a nők és lányok elleni erőszakkal szembeni fellépésért mozgósít a tánc és a művészet erejével, jótékony kollektív energiák felszabadításával. Minden évben, így idén is, eltáncoljuk a Törd szét a láncot! (Break the Chain!) dalra koreografált figyelemfelhívó táncot. A tánc után bemutatásra kerül a NANE Egyesület „Kérsz teát?!” című darabja. A rendhagyó, egyetemista fiataloknak készült színházi előadást Bánki Gergely és Sipos Vera írta és rendezte, a NANE Egyesület felkérésére és szakértői támogatásával. Az előadást a színészekkel és szakértőkkel folytatott beszélgetés követi, melyet Bombera Krisztina, a mozgalom önkéntese vezet.  

14.30  Érkezés, információs stand
15-15.10 Megnyitó
15.10-15.20 Közös tánc
15.20-15.30 Terem átrendezése
15.30-16.15. Kérsz teát?! színházi előadás
16.15-17.00 Vezetett beszélgetés. Moderál: Bombera Krisztina

A programra a belépés ingyenes. A darab alatt kisgyermekek számára az Éden Játszóház ingyen áll rendelkezésre. 130 fő feletti létszám esetén csak állóhelyet tudunk biztosítani a karzaton.

Magyarországon milliós nagyságrendű a nők elleni erőszak áldozatainak száma. Az EU Alapjogi Ügynökségének reprezentatív kutatása szerint a 15 éves koruk óta a fizikai és/vagy szexuális erőszak valamely formájának áldozatává vált nők aránya a 18–74 éves korosztályban 28%. Ez a 2011-es népszámlálás adataiból kiindulva több mint 1 millió 124 ezer magyar nőt jelent. 

Mi ezért táncolunk, ezért állunk ki magunkért és másokért.
Érezd te is a táncból eredő erőt és energiát! Csatlakozz az összes kontinenshez!


Tuesday, February 02, 2016

One Billion Rising Budapest 2016

One Billion Rising Hungary 2016 Campaign

Across Hungary the One Billion Rising campaign escalates its call for the end of violence against women. Fundamentally the movement is a call for change within communities--structural, systemic, long term change. It makes these demands for change by raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence and challenges us to find the right ways to respond.

The One Billion Rising movement encourages creative and artistic expressions so a wide variety of people can enter into the conversation and work toward solutions in our communities. There are rational ways to respond to violence, but often we find rational solutions after we develop our moral courage through artistic play. Thus we once again take part in the worldwide dance phenomenon, “Break the Chain.” This year Hungary is proud to participate in the global movement by presenting an original theater piece, “Kérsz teát?”  (May I Offer You a Tea?), written and performed by Bánki Gergely and Sipos Vera. “Kérsz teát?” explores the idea of consent and provides a rich theater experience for audience members. It will be followed by a discussion about how we understand consent in own relationships.

“Kersz Teat” is a powerful tool to understand a complex, sensitive issue. Audience members walk away from the event with an awareness that may radically change the way they think about and engage in violence-free relationships. The actors, who created the play in collaboration with NANE, hope to use the piece in high schools and colleges.  We especially invite high school teachers and university staff who want to get a first-hand experience of the play before introducing it to their communities.  Introducing a discussion about violence-free relationships to our next generation can dramatically impact the future of Hungary and the safety of its women.

The One Billion Rising Hungary 2016 campaign is thrilled to dance and showcase “Kérsz teát?” The movement invites artistic energy to create new ways of responding to the problem of violence against women.  We look forward to how this energy will produce new ways of responding to those most in need in our community.

What is One Billion Rising?
Learn the "Break the Chain" dance:


Monday, February 01, 2016

Language Lessons

There's lots of literature about the loss of innocence, because we all share in that loss and literature is about what we share. Here's a poem by Alexandra Teague, a San Franciscan, in which a child's awakening to the alphabet coincides with another awakening: the unsettling knowledge that all of us don't see things in the same way. 

Language Lessons 

The carpet in the kindergarten room
was alphabet blocks; all of us fidgeting
on bright, primary letters. On the shelf
sat that week's inflatable sound. The th
was shaped like a tooth. We sang
about brushing up and down, practiced
exhaling while touching our tongues
to our teeth. Next week, a puffy U
like an upside-down umbrella; the rest
of the alphabet deflated. Some days,
we saw parents through the windows
to the hallway sky. Look, a fat lady,
a boy beside me giggled. Until then
I'd only known my mother as beautiful.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Parent Child Interview

I asked Izabella and Leo a series of questions that were part of a Facebook meme. Here is the result:

Izabella, 7 (almost 8)

1. What is something I always say to you? I love you.
2. What makes me happy? clowns
3. What makes me sad? Leo hitting me.
4. How do I make you laugh? putting on my clown costume or saying a funny joke
5. What was I like when I was a child? like a clown
6. How old am I? 41
7. How tall am I? 228 cm
8. What is my favorite thing to do? go shopping
9. What do I do when you're not around? go shopping
10. What am I really good at? funniness or shouting at Leo
11. What is something I'm not good at? bicycling
12. What do I do for a job? write books
13. What is my favorite food? rice casserole
14. What do you enjoy doing with me? cuddle

Leo (6 ½)

1. What is something I always say to you? Isn’t it a beautiful day? Or, I love you.
2. What makes me happy? When I am really nice and not fussing and I don’t eat with my hands
3. What makes me sad? If I hit you or I am angry or I hate you or say I don’t love you
4. How do I make you laugh? Saying funny jokes and tickling me
5. What was I like when I was a child? nice
6. How old am I? 42
7. How tall am I? How would I know?
8. What is my favorite thing to do? go outside and have fresh air, cuddle
9. What do I do when you're not around? go shopping, clean the house
10. What am I really good at? Cleaning the house, loving people, being nice, being cute
11. What is something I'm not good at? Lego
12. What do I do for a job? Write a book and take care of us and I think you said you are a teacher
13. What is my favorite food? French fries
14. What do you enjoy doing with me? Cuddling, go shopping

Iza was then inspired to write her own original interview questions for me:

1.Mia kedvenc színed? blue
2.Hány barátod van? 3
3.Hány éves vagy ha 10 évet elveszel? 31
4.Hány éves vagy ha 10 évet hozáadsz? 51
5.Hány gyereked van? 2
6.Hány éves vagy? 41
7.Hányadik osztályban vagy? :)
8.Van 5 almám megetem 2 vásárolok még 2 hány almám van? 5!
9.Mikor születél? November 18, 1974
10.Mia kedvenc éneked? Happy Birthday
11.Mia kedvenc élményed? skydiving with Jason
12.Hol születél? Hutchinson, KS, USA
13.Mia neved? Janet Kay Francesca Kelley
14.Kia kedvenc barátod? Debbie
15.Kika barátaid? Debbie, Akesha, Ashley, Jason
16.Hány éves vagy ha 10+1 évet elveszel? 30
17.Van 6 kutyám 3 kutyám vetem még 1 kutyát hány kutyám van? 9
18.Van 9-3 db gojom kaptam még 6+9 db gojot hány gojom van? 21
19.😀+😄=? Happy!
20.🎁+💖=? Birthday