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Opening - Plamena SertevaOpening, Silviya Nedelcheva

TEXT

Cast off the clothes of cold wintry days,
Bathe in the freshness of purifying rays,
Take a deep breath, receive the new impulse of life,
Live in the freedom of love, in the joy of light!
 
Nature is smiling while sun is shining gay (glad),
Filling the hearts with joy on this springtime day!
(Repeat from “Nature”)
 

IDEA

Opening is a process of turning our thoughts and feelings towards the beautiful and the positive. Some examples of processes and states in nature, in the person (thoughts, feelings, deeds) and relations:

  • a flower opens up for the sunshine; Opening, Marieta Stoycheva 
  • we open eyes to perceive the light;
  • we open our minds to think positively;
  • we open our hearts for positive feelings;
  • we open for the good in every person;
  • we notice the beauties around us;
  • boundaries open between countries.

 

“The movements of the right hand resolve contradictions of the mind, while the movements of the left hand resolve those of the emotions… The movement of the hands from the chest outwards represents opening, while bringing them back to the initial position represents closing. In order to enter into nature, you must open. And once you have entered, you close: that is to say, you must not think about what you have left behind, about the old. The gate of the past must be shut, while that of the future needs to be open. It is the present which does the opening.. The right opening and closing of the door in other words (is) making logical, right and mindful conclusions in the area of thoughts and feelings”. [Beinsa Douno, Paneurhythmy, p.49]

Opening - Ufuk AtillaOpening, Stefanie Vanhulle

 
QUESTIONS

 

1. Text: If “winter” and “cold” are metaphors for the cold, negative, discouraging states of mind and heart what are their opposites in the text? What is the antonym for “cast off”? Write in your own beautiful words a sentence/essay/poem about opening of the mind and of the heart to the nice and the positive.

2. Drawing: Draw a picture of a door/window opening to a beautiful view. Draw two pictures of Opening and of Closing: with images or colours or shapes. Draw an illustration to the exercise.

3. Questions: Name five good reasons to do what you are doing (studies, job) or live where you are living. What are the best qualities of your friend?

4. Experience: Tell us of situations and experiences when you have found something positive in a difficult situation/person. What is the feeling?

5. Imagination: Imagine while you play the exercise that you are in a dark room and consecutively with right and left hand you open the two wings of a closed window with beautiful view. 

6. Affirmation:  Write your own positive affirmation for Opening. For example: I open my mind to positive thinking. I open my heart to nice feelings.

7. Quote: Choosing to be positive and having a grateful attitude is going to determine how you're going to live your life (Joel Osteen). Find your favourite quote.

 

Opening, Stefka Nikolova (follow-up activities)Opening, Nina (follow-up activities)

 

 

MUSIC

Measure: 3/4
Tonality: D major
Total: 41 measures
1 measure = 1 movement

Part 1
Part 2
Opening: the whole
 
MOVEMENT
Part one: 1 cycle = 2 movements.
                total: 9,5 cycles, 19 movements
                transition: –
Part two: 1 cycle = 2 movements.
                total: 11 cycles, 22 movements
                transition: movement 1 of part 2 (movement 20 of the exercise) 
 
PART 1

 

Opening-R1 Opening-R2

MOVEMENT

Arms:

Legs:

Duration:

SP1:

The right arm is bent in the elbow, the forearm horizontal and parallel to the body; the palm is down, in the middle of the chest, fingers together and stretched. The left arm is on the hip, thumb to the back, fingers together to the front; the elbow is to the side.

The left foot has stepped, the right foot is forward and ready to step.

 

1:

The right arm unfolds in the elbow horizontally forward and sideways, and, stretched, moves horizontally to the side, with palm down, fingers together. The left remains on the hip.

The right foot steps.

1 measure

2:

The right arm folds smoothly to retrace its way to SP. The left remains on the hip.

The left foot steps.

1 measure

Movements 1 and 2 make up a cycle which repeats 9,5 times (10 times the right arm unfolds to the side). The last movement of part one is 19.

 

 

PART 2

 

 

6-Opening-L-1Opening-L2

 

MOVEMENT

Arms:

Legs:

Duration:

SP 2:

The right arm is horizontally to the sides. The left hand is on the hip.

The left foot is  forward.

 

1 (transition):

The right arm, from a position horizontal to the side, moves to the hip. The left arm, from the hip, moves in front of the chest, elbow folded, forearm horizontal, and palm down.

The left foot steps.

1 measure

Text of the transition: “Nature is”

2:

The left arm unfolds in the elbow horizontally forward and sideways, and, stretched, moves on horizontally to the side, with palm down, fingers together. The right hand remains on the hip.

The right foot steps.

1 measure

3:

The left arm folds smoothly to retrace its way to SP. The right hand remains on the hip.

The left foot steps.

1 measure

Movements 2 and 3 make up a cycle which repeats 10,5 times. The last movement of Part 2 is 22 (it is movement 41 for the exercise)

Final Position     :

The right arm is on the hip. The left is horizontal to the side, palm down.

The weight is on the right foot, the left foot is forward, ready for the first step of exercise 7.

 

 

 

VERSION:

FOR PART 2:

Arms:

Legs:

Duration:

movement 1: (transition)

The right arm goes to the hip while the left moves in front of the chest. Next the left arm continues its movement and unfolds to the sides horizontally.

The left foot steps.

 

Note: If this version is performed arms-legs coordination changes for ex.6 (Part 2), ex.7, ex.8 and ex.9: opening of arms is on left foot and closing on right. Descriptions should be read respectively.