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Home Paneurhythmy 24.How Happy We Are

How Happy We Are, Dinko GeorgievHow happy we are, Marieta Stoycheva

TEXT

What delight is living
Giving and receiving,
Life in adoration
Of the whole creation!
(Repeat from “What”)
 
Life is gift divine,
Beautiful, sublime;
Living powers flow,
Making all things grow.
(Repeat from “Life”)
 
(Repeat from the beginning) 
 
IDEA

 

This exercise is about the ability to appreciate what we have and feel thankful for it.

“One steps forwards and then rocks back and forth from one foot to the other. In the first sequence the hands are free; in the second, the partners hold hands… These movements develop the ability to appreciate nature’s bounties” [Beinsa Douno, Paneurhythmy, p.82]

How Happy We Are, Silviya NedelchevaHow Happy We Are, Jill Vandenbussche

QUESTIONS

1.Text: What makes people happy in the text? Write in your own beautiful words a sentence/ essay/ poem about happiness and feeling grateful.

2.Drawing: Draw an illustration to the exercise.

3.Questions: What is happiness? What makes you happy? What is it that you are grateful for?

4.Experience:Tell us of situations and experiences when you have felt gratitude. 

5.Imagination: Imagine while you play the exercise that you have everything you need – wonderful garment, freedom of expression and movement, loving friends etc.

6.Affirmations: Write a positive affirmation about How Happy We Are. For example: I am thankful for what I have.

7. Quotes: Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times (Aeschylus). Happiness is not a matter of intensity but of balance and order and rhythm and harmony (Thomas Merton). Find your favorite quote for How happy we are.

 
How Happy We Are, Gabriela JonczyHow Happy We are Halim Ak?akaya
 
 
 
 

MUSIC

Measure 7/16
Tonality:  C major
Total: 64 measures 
1 measure = 1 movement
 
part 1:
part 2:
the whole exercise
 
 
MOVEMENT
2 cycles
 
Sequence of movements:
1. cycle „Three steps and to the back”
Music: 16 measures from 1 to 16; Text: verse 1; Movements: 4+4+4+4
2. cycle „Two steps and to the back” 
Music: 16 measures from 17 to 32; Text: verse 2; Movements: 6+6+4
The two cycles repeat one after the other.
 
24 - SP
 
SP for the exercise:
Arms: The hands are on the hips, thumbs behind, elbows to the sides. 
Legs: Feet are together in standing position. 
 
 
1.THREE STEPS AND TO THE BACK
 
SP= SP of the exercise 
Arms:  For the whole cycle the hands are on the hips, thumbs behind, elbows to the sides.
 
 1:
 a.24- 1 - 1ab.24 - 1 -1b
 
Legs:  The right foot steps. 
Duration: 1 measure. 
 
2:
24 - 1 - 2
 
Legs: The left foot steps. 
Duration: 1 measure. 
 
3: 
24 - 1 - 3a24 - 1 - 3b
 
Legs:  The right foot steps and the weight of the body transfers to it. Next, the left foot bends in the knee and slightly lifts off the ground to the back. 
Duration:  1 measure.
 
4: 
24 - 1- 4a24 - 1- 4b
 
Legs:  The left foot returns to its place to the back and the weight of the body transfers to it. Next, the right foot bends in the knee and lifts off the ground
Duration: 1 measure.  
 
Movements 1-4 repeat 4 times.
 
FP for the cycle:
Arms: Hands on the hips, thumbs behind, elbows to the sides
Legs: The right foot is bent in the knee and lifted off the ground.  
24 - 1- 4b
 
 
2. TWO STEPS AND TO THE BACK
 
SP:
Arms: Hands on the hips, thumbs behind, elbows to the sides
Legs: The right foot is bent in the knee and lifted off the ground. 
 
 
1:
 a.24 - 2 - 1ab.24 - 2 - 1b
 
Arms: Hands move down by the sides of the body and slightly to the back. Partners join their inside hands, right palm over left palm, and start moving them forwards and upwards, stretched in the elbows. The free outside hands move up parallel to the inside, stretched in the elbows and in the wrists. 
Legs: The right foot steps forward and the weight of the body transfers to it. Next, the left foot bends in the knee and lifts off the ground to the back.
Duration: 1 measure. 
 
2:
a.24-2-2b.24-2-2b
 
Arms: The hands continue their movement up to 45 degrees upwards and forwards. 
Legs: First, the left foot steps forward and the weight of the body transfers to it. Next, the right foot bends in the knee and slightly lifts off the ground to the back.
Duration: 1 measure. 
 
3:
24-2-4
 
Arms: The arms move down, elbows stretched, to retrace their way down and to the back to 45°. 
Legs: The right foot returns to its place to the back and the weight of the body transfers to it. Next, the left foot slightly bends in the knee and lifts off the ground
Duration: 1 measure. 
 
Movements 1-3 repeat symmetrically with 4-6, starting with the left foot.
 
5b24-2-56b24-2-6
 
Movements 1-6 repeat 2 times + 4 movements, total 16 movements.
 
Cycles 1+2 repeat 2 times.
 
FP for the exercise:
After the last position 4 of cycle Two Steps (arms forwards and downwards, right foot lifted off the ground to the back) the arms continue their movement to a position upwards and forwards and the right foot steps forward.  
After the exercise is over the arms move down by the sides. Legs come together in standing position. 
 
 
VERSIONS
 
The music has a long version of 160 measures and cycles 1+2 repeat 5 times.