A Peace Movement that’s Sustainable

This Peace Movement is about a body movement language where a particular position of the arms and torso and legs, means a particular thing, something that Tammy Narena, innovator and dancer, created.

It is not just for dancers, but is great fun to dance, and makes a choreography language that is interesting and meaningful. The positions represent meaning- so for example the position for “peace” is the same as “harmony” except that it is in motion, arms making parallel waves, with a pushing motion of the hands. If you can imagine watching someone doing the motion, you might guess as to the meaning, that they are gesturing “peace”. So, peace is not static, but is a work in motion, moving toward harmony… peace-building.

With the look and feel of Egyptian hieroglyphs with graceful flowing hands, the movements look and feel good to do. The movements are simple, easy, and don’t require a dancers flexibility or even an adult’s understanding. Children can do it, seniors can do it, and disabled people in wheelchairs can do it. At the same time, there is a discipline to the Telesymbols that asks for stretching into alignment, for movement that goes diagonally across a room aligning the body against that line, as if it were a wall you are hugging your body to. And with that simple discipline, repetition increases flexibility, muscles are taught to stretch and relax, shoulders are dropped, and spines are straightened.

Today there are many movement systems that have crossed cultural barriers to great benefit of the aficionados who use them: Yoga, Tai Chi, Chi-gong, Ballet (French, after all), etc. The most outstanding difference with Telesymbols is that there is no particular personality or culture in the movement form itself; it is a pure movement form. While it is a great vehicle for individual self-expression, in fact, it does not pollute the self-expression with a Coca Cola brand, or style.

Tammy designed her work to be a universal language: an international sign language that would be able to convey communication across cultural barriers, language barriers, and ideological barriers. This is because it was designed as a vehicle for making peace.

Not coincidentally, it is a movement meditation, and an exquisite dance form, primarily because it combines physical motion with the intellectual quickening that conversation creates, in meaningful sentences chosen by the participant. It combines body movement, thinking, and an emotional expression, which is a powerful and ideal formula for optimum brain development and improving brain functioning. Body, mind and spirit combine in Empatharian Movement for Peace, refining and expanding our ability to understand and think about abstract ideas, increasing literacy, and training non-verbal communication into luminosity that communicates powerfully.

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