Lee Lee et Le Bus Weekly Video Podcast 2021

Thursdays on Vagabond Streams 

Lee Lee et Le Bus is a weekly podcast made to inspire people to be their multifaceted creative, connected selves and not get buried by mediocrity (and oppression). Balancing gravity and levity, Leralee Whittle draws on her unique background and life as a video artist, choreographer, thinker, off-grid builder, performer and dance/somatics teacher- in how she conceives and edits each episode. In her original approach, she combines musings, aesthetic rituals and art in a non formulaic approach to inspire viewers to create and commune wherever they are. 

“The bus is a metaphor and really, we are each the driver, the passenger, the collective, the vehicle…Short jaunts between stops are likened to day to day rituals that get us where we want to to go or surprise us through committing. Longer journeys to places not yet traveled provide opportunity to deepen into the moment while venturing into the unknown.”

 

Ep#3 We Started with the Sun / Vibration Nation! / Human Again

What if relational intelligence grows when we don’t over identify as social creatures (of the Anthropocene)? Our actions, including rituals, would also have to reflect an alternate reality. And being relational doesn’t mean we have to be social in society. Probably when we’re not going crazy from forced isolation, we’re getting a clue that we can… connect. It’s the new empowerment- to get me some of that old time religion. Connection with the elements, stones, stars, the air we breathe…can stoke our relational intelligence. Being conscious of the field we share and attuning our senses can elicit a communing state. That state may be accompanied by expression (of a certain vibration) . 

We can practice shifting our intention to connect to the Attention that works through us as relational beings, wired to experience blurred boundaries between self and other evidenced by how we live (trees are lungs of the earth and we need each other to live here), procreate, empathize and experience expansiveness. 

Episode 3 is a celebration offering reminders and simple ins to basic connectivity as relational, vibrational creatures sharing a planet, orbiting a sun, in a universe.  

Ep #2 Big Bend Fancy Pants, a Kaleidoscopic Odyssey / Embodying the West and East

A phone video of Lee Lee dancing on a basketball court in the Chihuahuan desert is transformed into cinematic video art. Humble beginnings- improvising with a line on the court and the camera- may just inspire you to compose

Ep #1 – Croissant is Life / Walk in Awe / Why the Name

 

Lee Lee muses while walking through the neighborhood, voicing la raison de etre and mythologizing the origins of her weekly show. Characters surface through light hearted, on the fly songs, joy rituals and humorously balanced kill joy voices for 2020,

An Actual Bus Story that Inspired the Podcast

As touring performers one of our conveyances was a 1973 Seattle transit bus with “a fish bowl” windshield. The bus had a friendly appearance. In our travels people extended conversation; often happy stories about a bus they had ridden decades previous when life was slower and they had more community. Once in awhile people seated at bus stops stood as we neared their stop, hoping to get on… I wanted to let them on…and still do.

 

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