So, I have described Friday night, but this was the very beginning of the most most amazing weekend at The Promenade Festival!
On Saturday morning I met with fellow creative Sam Collins and we made our way to the beach to ground ourselves before meeting the public.
Sam danced beautifully facing the sea. She had been here at 5.00 am dancing a Cherokee Sun Rise. Instinctively, I decided to walk a large circle around her, slowly, setting the intention of creating a space, a healing space, a space to 'be'.
It was a curious thing because every time I walked back round to face the sea, it took my breath away. I wanted to walk faster on the part of the circle that took my vision away from the sea, but kept my slow pace and enjoyed the thrill of it.
A young woman had been taking time out sitting on the wall, She came and asked me,
'What are you doing?'
'I am walking circles in the sand' I replied.
'Because it feels like a beautiful thing to do.'
'Can I join you? It looks very relaxing.'
As we walked our circle, I was intrigued. We had not come to the beach to engage the public and yet, the joy of watching artists prepare for the day ahead, drew people in.
Within 10 minutes, we had children joining us and other adults too. I extended the engagement by borrowing Sam's Sand Staff and asking folk if they wanted to write their names in the sand.
By this time we had been joined by fellow Welsh Artist, Dancer, Laura Jane Jenkins who started to play games with the children in the shapes they were drawing and so the engagement had begun.
I left Sam & Laura dancing in the sand circle and went to my next adventure.