“Be Love”: A Constant Reminder with Anderson

Written by Horacio, co-organizer for FLOW

I’m sure many of you have seen and been mesmerized by Kuna’s videos of Anderson and Brenda (if you haven’t, check out this amazing video of them dancing to James Vincent McMorrow’s Cavalier on top of Pao de Azucar, or to Ryan Adams’ Wonderwall). When I saw the videos I was hypnotized by the movement they created, so much so that I tried to book them immediately for FLOW. However, this wildly popular couple was booked so far in advance that we had to wait eighteen months to finally bring them to Edmonton for FLOW 2019.

Although the contracts had been signed long ago, by July 2019 I had still only exchanged messages with Anderson and Brenda and had never met them or trained with them in person. In order to have a better idea of how to arrange the program for FLOW 2019, Chelsey and I embarked on a trip to Seattle to participate in a training retreat with them there.

The first time I saw Anderson in person I noticed his tall stature, his beard and his grounded standing. But when I talked to him, I perceived something more–he came across as patient, measured with his words,  warm, candid.

The retreat began and Anderson proved to be a very skillful dancer and dance teacher, but there was so much more to this man. He treated Brenda with the utmost respect and admiration, he spoke to her and about her with kindness, and he did the same for everyone. Boy was I in for a different experience! 

After a few more days I noticed that Anderson’s fingers say “Be Love”. I couldn’t help but think to myself: “This is not just a tattoo–this is an outward expression of inner truth!”

There is something so authentic in Anderson’s kindness. Like any of us he too must be triggered by anger, discouragement and righteousness; nevertheless, he chooses love. He chooses inclusiveness. He responds with vulnerability and understanding. When someone asks a question in distress, he takes it as an opportunity to not only respond, but to deliver the response with care, patience and hope. I guess this is what “being love” in real life really is.

If you’re wondering how it is to learn with someone whose mantra is to “be love”, the only thing I can say is–wow!! In my experience, it’s totally inspiring, it’s moving, it’s almost transformative. It helped me to integrate how to be kind to myself while learning something new.

Needless to say we can’t wait to share the opportunity to learn from Anderson and Brenda with you, for the first time in Canada at FLOW 2019 this November 8-11, 2019. Join us!