27 november 2017 Caroline van de Ven

5Rhythms then, now and forever…

Rushing through old stuff, searching for some material to build a 5Rhythms art installation, I found bits and pieces of my graduate work from the Art Academy, from almost 20 years ago. This is long before I even heard of the 5 Rhythms.

As an artist I was  specialised in building environments, sceneries, filling spaces with objects, installations and video projections; turning them into spaces to experience, confronting our believes and deepening
our lives.

I was surprised to find my almost forgotten sketches and studies for “Collage des Bijoux”, the title of my graduate work, for which I found inspiration in
Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man and Fibonacci’s Number Sequence and Spiral.

What struck me was that only now I realised the base for this art installation had been 5;
I built a pentagram space with 5 elements:
5 installations, each with a video projection, representing something about life and death; how dead life can be and how lively death…

Almost 20 years ago I made scripts, storyboards and models to be able to realise this project and now I was baffled to see that
I used the 5 Rhythms without even knowing them then.

I connected each of the five installations to a phase of life, an element, a sense, like the 5 Rhythms map does…

One installation was about the absolute beginning, a seed pulsing; the next about what we do in life with choices, boundaries, decisions, measurements; the third about control, control of life and control of death, not letting go of anything; the fourth about the lack of breath in our society, how difficult it is to fully live our life as a unique human being, the fifth about the end, the cycle of coming and going, the end as a promise for a new beginning…

And as a red thread through all 5 installations
I used elements of the ocean; its waves, its sound, its salt…

While going through this old material, it was like dancing through a Wave; I felt deeply connected with how much my life has changed over the last 20 years; I remember how I found the rhythms, how I embraced them as my home, and now through my art installations I discovered they have been in me much longer than I was aware of…

of course… the rhythms are my home… then and now and forever…

 

 

 

About the Author

Caroline van de Ven Caroline van de Ven is 5Ritmes® docent en lid van de 5Rhythms Teachers Association (5RTA). Zij werd opgeleid door Jonathan Horan, zoon van Gabrielle Roth, de moeder van de 5 Ritmes®. Voorheen werkte Caroline als fysiotherapeut, klassiek homeopaat en beeldend kunstenaar. Tevens is zij geschoold in Gestalttherapie, lichaamsgerichte therapie, wetenschappelijk medisch onderzoek en diverse dansvormen (klassiek, beat- & jazzballet). Ook deed zij een opleiding Rouwverwerking om mensen in de dans te kunnen begeleiden bij verlies (verlies van een geliefde door overlijden, maar ook verlies van gezondheid, werk, relatie, etc.). Momenteel geeft en organiseert zij 5 Ritmes® lessen, workshops en lezingen. Daarnaast assisteert zij collega’s bij hun workshops in binnen- en buitenland. Haar thuisbasis is in Beek-Ubbergen, vlakbij Nijmegen; van daaruit reist zij graag, ze geeft ook les in Zuid-Limburg en incidenteel in Keulen en Düsseldorf in Duitsland en in Linz in Oostenrijk. Het dansen van de 5 Ritmes®, bewegend mediteren, is haar leefstijl geworden.