What is performance?

I had a conversation with a friend about performance. She said that in regards to my wellness/fitness practice, I’m performing acts of kindness towards myself and others. I was struck dumb for a moment because I didn’t think of being kind to myself as an act of performance. It’s always been about the external projection- whether it be on stage or in some other form of artistic expression. Speaking for myself only, I know that performing on stage and being kind to myself don’t have to occupy the same space. As I’m getting older and seeing more clearly, I’m striving for more unification and truth between what’s happening on the inside and outside.

So taking a walk on a nice day, going to the aquarium, Noguchi museum and eating a healthy meal are all acts of kindness that I’m happy to say “That’s performance too!” And those kinds performance will translate well for me, those around me and those that I seek to help.

About joharimayfield

Johari Mayfield is a dancer, choreographer, activist, healer, and ACE certified personal trainer living in New York City. Johari utilizes her dance background along with cardiovascular exercises, strength training and yoga with her clients to hone the synergies of mind/body, strength and flexibility. Johari’s community outreach initiatives have included children’s workshops on fitness and healthy eating at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center, movement and fitness with Girls Education and Mentoring Service (GEMS), an organization committed to empowering survivors of sexual exploitation and Reveal NYC, a nonprofit organization that encourages female survivors of domestic violence in self-care. In addition, she's also taught cardio dance classes at the Rose M. Singer Center at Riker’s Island for female inmates and team building through dance in her “Hip Hop Lit Squad” for children at the Athleta Flatiron location in NYC. She currently is on faculty at Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy,14th St Y, and ETD Outreach team. She's the proud humama of a rescue pitbull named Lucy.
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