Flow Arts: A Creative Revolution – Wesley Thoricatha

Posted: February 13, 2014 by lambentI2e in Information

Performance troupe SpunShine dazzles the audience at a Phutureprimitive show with choreographed hoop magic.
Image courtesy of Roger Ho

Whether you’ve seen them at Burning Man, at parties, on the dance floor, or in the park, flow toys such as poi, hoop, and staff are taking the world by storm. They may be glowing with LED lights, lit aflame for a fire performance, or brightly colored for practice, but one thing you will always find is a huge smile and a look of passionate concentration on the person who is playing with them.

Many of the props that flow artists (sometimes called “spinners”) use have been around for a long time, such as hoops and juggling clubs in circuses, staff in martial arts, and fire knife and poi in Polynesian ritual dance, but what brings them together into one emerging movement is the adoration and pursuit of the flow state. Being “in the flow” is a liberating peak experience where the mind becomes silent and mental noise gives way to pure engagement in the moment. At its most intense, the world disappears and one merges with their prop into pure dynamic expression. Previous boundaries are shattered by spontaneous improvisation, coupled with unparalleled inner focus and body awareness. Flow arts are not just about dexterity and object manipulation – they are a transformative journey for the body, mind, and soul.

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