BY MADISON KREKEL; ILLUSTRATION BY CAMILLE TAFT
Only in service to you
Can I feel the most free
My brain powers down
I do not move from intellect
I can taste everything
But I do not try to define it
My love is boundless
Fear, a distant memory
I’m alert, prowling
Is this what a shaman is?
Sometimes this feeling doesn’t happen
It isn’t an automatic state just in the doing
The trick is to get out of my own way
Everyday provides a different answer
Maybe that’s where the practice comes in
Through the years, slowly picking away at all the things that aren’t in service to me
But then I come back home
Much like a child
And I greet my purest self
Madison Krekel is a multidisciplinary artist and performer, originally from Oakland, CA. Now living in Brooklyn since 2010, she has performed works by John Bernd with Ishmael Houston-Jones and Miguel Gutierrez, Katy Pyle’s Ballez, Young Jean Lee’s Theater Company, and was a longtime performer with Third Rail Projects’ shows Then She Fell and The Grand Paradise, among others. When not performing, she teaches youth ballet at BAX, and rocks regularly around NYC with her punk band, SNATCH ATTACK.
Camille Taft is a seventeen year-old dancer living in Longmont, CO, who has trained throughout her life in primarily ballet and modern dance. With both her parents as visual artists, she has always appreciated the excitement that comes from a collaboration of mixed media, and was thus overjoyed to have the opportunity to work with Stance on Dance.