CIRCLE

THE ‘SPACE OF PLAY’ AS CATALYST OF TRANSFORMATION

Indians Dancing_by John White[indian dancing_J. white]

“Everything an Indian does is in a circle, and that is because the power of the world always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. In the old days when we were a strong and happy people, all our power came to us from the sacred hoop of the nation, and so long as the hoop was unbroken the people flourished.”
(Neihardt)

Orto Boario_Stalker [orto boario_stalker_photo courtesy of: stalker]

“The act of playing not only creates space, but also requires a space and a time entirely of its own. The magic circle is the basic spatial gesture that defines the space of play” (Huizinga)

It creates a distinction between who is inside and who is outside the circle, and requires “some sort of initiation into the rules of the game” (De Cauter, Dehaene)

Murga Los Adoquines_photo courtesy of: Los Adoquines [matanza_murga los adoquines_photo courtesy of: los adoquines]

The space of play, the space inside the magic circle, can be described as a “liminal space: a space that, in its formal separation from the rest of the world, presents a realm of instability and possibility”. (Turner)

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