Get Your Flow On!
Synergy Sessions celebrates the merging of mind, body, and spirit through art.
WOWIE LAGMAN // 5 MIN READ
Published December 2, 2017
Art is like water. Its essence cannot be explained by a single definition. It varies from person to person. Just like water that submits to its container, art may take on many forms such as visual arts, music, literature, and performance art. At the recent Synergy Sessions at Uptown Bonifacio in October 2017, movement performers took center stage.
Synergy Sessions is a gathering of flow artists. The objective of flow arts is simple: learn to move in harmony with an inanimate object so that it becomes an extension of your body. These rhythmic, almost hypnotic, actions that mimic sport and dance allow the artist to achieve a mind state known as “flow”.
While this performative practice is commonly perceived as a fitness or dance activity, many practitioners also consider it a form of meditation, according to event organizer, Bogs Castro, Academy Operations Manager of Planet Zips. “Everything is connected in flow arts. We are connected in mind, body and spirit,” he shared. “The discipline it teaches is almost the same as yoga, which can help you meditate. And we all know that’s an effective stress buster which is beneficial to one’s health.”
The event brought together a lot of skilled artists from all over the metro. Everyone seemed to know each other by name, evoking a strong sense of camaraderie. More than just a group of like-minded individuals, they are a community whose members encourage and motivate one another. They love sharing their passion and knowledge of the flow arts — which include poi dancing, staff, hoops, juggling, and drums, among others — with anyone at any skill level, age, and background.
People flocked down to initially watch the performances. It didn’t take long before many of them started joining the fun. Since the artists were giving away free lessons, kids and adults alike tried their hand at various activities. Some of the kids played with hoops, while the adults practiced the staff poi dancing. Soon, the entire stretch of Uptown Parade was alive with movement, flickering lights, and enthralling music. A thumping drum circle eventually turned into an impromptu jamming session. Everyone, it seemed, was in the “flow”.
The evening was a resounding success. Everyone put on a dazzling display and, most importantly, had a good time. If you’re looking for something more than the usual fare, Synergy Sessions has it in spades. Don’t miss the next one!
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