This is my rough draft text of what became the sound bite for the video “pollination is communication”.
Thank you to the all participants of the 2018 Bee Dance and Pollination feast, Video and Sound Scape : Seth Nehil of Paradise Meow, Bee Keepers: Maria Boar and Theo Holdt and Feast Music: “Márcio DaLari & the Fabulous Freekz”
It’s now our job to protect the life and quality of pollination itself
by stopping pollution, planting organic gardens, supporting local farmers
Pollination creates the seeds for the germination of planetary health for the next generation.
We have depleted our resources. We need quick action fast.
Without the bees pollination of the lands
We will lose our diverse
from to flower to flower
from field to hive
to farmer to store
from food to the table
the clinking of dishes will subside
We have pollinators in all realms
bees, bats, butterflies,
moths, birds, beetles,
ants, and flies.
In order to ensure planetary survival we have it coming from all sides
It’s not enough at the rate in which we trade habitat for the habit of economic growth
Each one of us is hypocrite
the monster is so big
we are tumbling down.
so help the pollinators grab some higher ground
Each one of us pollinates
as we move amongst each other.
In conversation, communication,
constantly transversing, transferring,
motion and magnetism
feet on the surface
Earth's terrestrial ecosystem
will continue to grow
When the bees touch down
and touch down again
to finally take hold,
thousands and thousands
of tiny hooks push into the cells
of my torso.
There is a wave,
an up lift as the find their place.
I fall into their sound.
I hum along.
it’s like dreaming in a rain cloud.
at the same time a warrior is waking
and that warrior has a lot to transmit--
we bind together.
all the bees and the many me
It is an Us moment
together we dance for you
in order for you to see yourself.
to see your power,
to see your humanity,
to see the oneness we are
to see you vulnerability
to see your expansiveness
to quell a fear.
to break a habit
to say hello into the deep eyes of natures powerful fierceness
to be the best we can.
while becoming something unfamiliar and abundant
In 2012, this is the first video we made after the movie Queen of the Sun came out. Video footage by Taggart Siegel and editing by Theodore Holdt. Sound and vocals by Theodore Holdt and Jaime Lee Christiana Jones and myself. We collected sentences about bees from a post I put on facebook and then created the score from that. We had 40 people contribute text and it was so fun to puzzle it together. Thank you to everyone who participated in this video. This video now has 832,321 views. Yippbeeee.... It was a pleasure to work with all of you.
This is my third bee dance, dancing with 12,000 honeybees. In this dance I invited friends to improvise with the Bee Queen. It was amazing how many emotions buzzed up and around during the dance, how much magic was presented. The video took its own turns and twists as it was edited down to create a surprising unfolding. I wrote the text after editing a sort of story out of the video improvisations. It gathered a momentum of a fierce intention to awaken a call to action. Seize this precious moment of beauty and glory by noticing what’s happening around us each day, each year. Things are changing so fast globally and locally that we are having a hard time catching our breaths and double-checking our impact. At first my intention was to show the gorgeous clarity and subtlest of nature, but by the end of editing I felt the message clear. We need to step back, examine what we are doing to the planet and its species for the safe survival of us all. Beauty is inherent in our ability to let nature fruit, to nurture it, and to support it, not destroy it. Please take a look around and see how you can help us all by just doing simple things such as recycling, buy whole foods and conserving natural resources. Please plant gardens and flowers for the bees, buy local foods when you can and support your local natural beekeepers. Bees also love a bowl of water with large rocks that act as islands during the hot summer months. So go outside and plant your surroundings for the future of us all. I think of Bee Dance as a duet and communion between species. The bees push with their powerful wings from each side of my body, I resist and then I let go and flow and move with them. It is a deep meditation and I feel the hive mind surround me, hold me, and expand my body on a cellular level. The bottom "row" of bees pinches my skin to stay on my body, which at first feels like sting. They are mighty strong and sensitive creatures. I am a healer, dancer, artist, builder of structures and beekeeper. As a beekeeper my partner and I hope to help the bees of the northwest by encouraging them to swarm and become hardy to the ever changing environment and we leave them be. Insects can evolve much faster than slow breading humans if we let them swarm and divide and encourage the stronger hives to populate our ecosystem. If we keep medicating and treating them with insecticide and stealing all the honey and then feeding them sugar or corn syrup and/or artificially inseminating the queen we will continue to degrade the genetics of the bee population. Find grace and gentleness with each other. Use the idea of the hive mind to create links between cultures and groups. Dance more. Enjoy the sweetness that is our world. The bees give us more than honey and we can give back to them in equal partnership.
I have been dancing with Honey Bees since 2001.