Kenyan Stories

Everything from the humble woodlouse to specks of dust moving through a ray of sunlight. Each tells a story. ~ Fennel Hudson

With my camera, I try to bring the diversity of distant lands into our modern world, and share the stories I discover in my travels ; to create imagery that reminds us and generations to come how beautiful and diverse the world is. Our challenge now will be to keep the poetry of diversity alive…kenya_red_ambo-256 new sky Kenya_2015_red_-1903 Kenya_2015_red_-1907 Kenya_2015_red_-2120 Kenya_2015_red_-2172 kenya_red_ambo-234 kenya_red_ambo-236

In Kenya, the Maasai and Samburu warriors rite of passage used to be pretty standard: Spend three months in the forest, learn how to herd cows, kill a predator.

“Some years back, for you to become a chief, you had to kill a lion. But conservationists came in and stopped the killing,” explains Mtaine David Swakei, a Maasai leader.

Now dance is part of what defines the ancient tribes of modern Kenya, the “adumu”, or “jumping dance”.

It’s been captured in endless pictures and documentaries; and is a recognizable ritual of Maasai and Samburu life. On this day the young men performed a version of it for us. The adumu is just one in a series of rituals that make up the Eunoto, the ceremony in which the junior warriors, or morani, graduate to the ranks of manhood.

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

The Table of Silence Project 9/11 returned  today to Lincoln Center at the Josie Robertson Plaza around the fountain. This free public ceremony for peace commenced at 8:15 and concluded at 8:46 AM, the moment when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center.

This is the fourth presentation of The Table of Silence Project 9/11, a ritual for peace, conceived and choreographed by Jacqulyn Buglisi in collaboration with Italian visual artist, Rossella Vasta. A moving meditation, it is the the human embodiment of Vasta’s “Table of Silence” sculptural installation of 100 ceramic plates representing a symbolic banquet table uniting humanity.

“Moving to the ritualistic beat of the tympani, the minimal chant of the singers, the echoes the conch and the melody of the flute, the dancers ascend onto the Plaza forming patterns of concentric circles to create a peace labyrinth that culminates symbolically at 8:46 am and signifies eternity, purity and the continuous life cycle. This sacred landscape is filled with the transcendent energy of the Mandala, connecting dancers, musicians, and viewers to the healing rituals of the natural world.” said Marina Kennedy.

For all of us who were in NYC on 9/11/2001 and for people everywhere, that day is seared into our memory. I was so  glad to begin this day of remembrance, sharing and being part of this wonderful tribute.

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11  

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. Vicki Baum

The Whew ! moment represents the relief, the resolution and the reprieve…

World Premiere Whew ! choreographed by Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

Whew ! Jennifer Muller

 

“Miserere Nobis” Choreography : Jennifer Muller

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”  Maya Angelou

World Premier – Jennifer Muller – ” Miserere Nobis “

This piece is an entreaty for mercy and grace. In an age of unspeakable cruelty and conflict, loss and grief, each of us asks forgiveness for all of us.

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Miserere Nobis

Miserere Nobis

Miserere Nobis

Miserere Nobis

Miserere Nobis

Miserere Nobis

Miserere Nobis

Miserere Nobis

Miserere Nobis

Miserere Nobis

Miserere Nobis

Miserere Nobis

Miserere Nobis

Miserere Nobis

The Table Of Silence Project 9/11

The Table Of Silence Project 9/11 returned  for a third year to Lincoln Center today. Conceived by choreographer Jaculyn Buglisi and visual artist Rossella Vasta with flautist Andrea Ceccomori and over 100 dancers, including the Buglisi Dance Theatre. The performance started at 8:15 and concluded at precisely 8:46,  the moment American Airlines flight 11 crashed into the north tower.

“The Table of Silence Project represents the common threads of humanity which unite all mankind into a single force with common goals and aspirations regardless of race, culture, or religion. Through this event, we wish to achieve the dual purpose of celebrating and honoring peace, through listening, a united moment of silence – a call for Peace in our world.” – Jacqulyn Buglisi

“There comes a moment, through repetition–like the beating of the hands, the pounding of the fist against the heart–that compels you to create a rhythmic tone that expresses perhaps some great hymn, some offering or worship that allows people to be unified in unexplained compassion.  They do not need words in this ritual.”

In partnership with Dance/NYC and September Concert, Buglisi Dance Theatre brings together the dancers to gather in silent procession, forming patterns of concentric circles to create a peace labyrinth while encircling the Revson Fountain as a symbol of eternity, compassion and continuity of the life cycle. At 8:46 AM, the dancers turned their wrists with open palms  and extended their arms to the sky for one minute, evoking the simple gesture of universal peace.

The Table Of Silence Project 9/11

The Table Of Silence Project 9/11

Professional Women Photographers Spring 2013 International Juror’s Selections

The Professional Women Photographers organization inspires women’s photographic vision.

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The Image is from The Buglisi Dance Theatre’s 20th anniversary performance at the Joyce Theater from the piece Caravaggio Meets Hopper.

The dancers : Charles Askegard, Artist Ari, Jason Ricardo Jordan.