ABOUT UNSUNG STUDIO
*Please note: Drouin is my mother's maiden name and my pen name. Halas is the name I use on official documents*
The first time I saw the title of the book, ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’, I thought, That is the title of a book about me. My life’s journey has been marked by longing. From my earliest memory, I have found refuge and reply to this longing in music, esoteric philosophy, imagination and a process of self-inquiry rooted in embodied contemplative practices.
My work finds form in mixed media collage or bricolage,* song and movement-based installation. I approach composition as an exploration of mind and correspondence. It is always an improvisation and it is always a collaboration.
Listening for currents, sussing out the meeting places of phenomena and imagination, the investigation, excavation and deconstruction of language–the words, symbols, concepts and forms embedded in the body–this is my practice.
A human being is a vertical axis; a joining of heaven and earth. The arts are a gateway to the lived experience of this principle . This process is a continual discovery of unexpected intersections and intimacies. I endeavor to update inherited myths and re-conceive ritual space as a non-dogmatic, phenomenological laboratory.
My current studies include traditional arts; (Aikido, Middle Eastern dance, Shamanism) musicianship and poetics. I am in debt of gratitude to Contemplative Movement pioneer: Barbara Dilley, yogini: Sofia Diaz, Shamanic Practitioner: Julie M. Kramer and Vocalist/Musician: Ethie Friend.
UnSung Studio is a place meant for the provocation of poetic, artistic and spiritual inquiry and meeting place for diverse intelligences. May it be a haven for the dance in all its forms.
*all site photography by R. Drouin unless noted
*Bricolage is a French loanword that means the process of improvisation in a human endeavor. In the arts, bricolage is the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be available, or a work created by mixed media.
French anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss used bricolage to describe the characteristic patterns of mythological thought. In his description it is opposed to the engineers' creative thinking, which proceeds from goals to means. Mythical thought, according to Lévi-Strauss, attempts to re-use available materials in order to solve new problems.