It's A Wonderful Life- Celebrating the 'In-between'
"Strange isn't it? Each person's life touches so many other lives...." - Clarence Oddbody - guardian angel (2nd class)
Easter Saturday 2005 was an evening to gather around the wood-burning fire in the Yurt, make music, tell stories and celebrate the lives of people that have made a difference to us. The idea behind the evening was to mark the coming of spring (equinox) and Easter Saturday which are both 'in-between' times. Everyone brought something that was wonderful to them - for a creative exchange.
As usual with our "get-together's" it's always a surprise as to who actually turns up. This was a great night with a yurt-full of mixed groups of people which made for a rich evening. The evening began with an impromptu drumming circle and ended with thoughtful reflection. Some of the highlights were an electronic saxophone improvising hauntingly with didgeridoo and drums, a reading of Matt Harvey's very funny performance poem Curtains, Becca Brewin leading us in a Canticle of Celebration (click here for text) and a time for silent thought. A Tree of Life installation was used to catch thoughts and responses written on scraps of coloured paper. (click here for feedback) The well known Franz Capra film was a starting point to gently explore issues of in-betweeness. We focused on extracts from the film, projected onto a hammock, for reflection and response.
Below are some reflections on the film and the evening.
Why on this night of all nights do we.... watch this film?
It's a Wonderful Life - a film usually associated with Christmas is well-suited to Easter Saturday and for reflection on the 'in-between' times.
The life of George Bailey was lived
in-between two world wars. The place is Bedford Falls, somewhere between
faith and un-belief. The moment is pivotal.
But first he gets drunk. Drunk, lost, strange to himself, on the edge.
Confused, he hovers over the deep and dark waters of Bedford Falls but
typically, as he contemplates action, someone beats him to it.
March 26th 2005
This is the week when we have marked the spring/vernal equinox.
We stand at the threshold