What are Flow Arts?
“Flow Arts” has become an overarching term for the emerging movement-based art forms that integrate dance and creative exploration of movement with skill-based prop manipulation. The Flow Arts draw from a multitude of ancient and modern movement disciplines from taichi and Maori poi spinning, to martial arts and juggling, to circus arts, hula hooping and modern firedancing.
Sometimes called the “spinning arts” (not to be confused with spinning stationary bikes), the Flow Arts have evolved to encompass more than spinning poi and staffs to include the artistic manipulation of many other props, such as hoops, swords, balls, fans and levitation wands. New props such as the buugeng are also emerging to create fresh possibilities.
The Flow Arts are at once a sport and a leisure activity, a new way to dance, explore and interact with the physical world, a movement meditation practice, a fun and creative outlet, and a serious technical pursuit of mastery. For many of its practitioners, it is a way to achieve the mind-state known as “flow”.
Most people first encounter the Flow Arts through firedancing, which is basically dancing with props on fire. It is hard not to notice someone dancing with fire, especially if you have never seen it before! While firedancing has propelled and attracted many to the artform, most novice firedancers quickly find themselves loving the movement, and prioritizing finding their flow over playing with fire. Many develop a lasting flow practice with non-fire props.
There is something awesome in the Flow Arts for just about everybody at all levels of ability. Because of its very nature of mastery and exploration, the opportunities for challenge, achievement and creativity, and hence Flow, are boundless.
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