Exploring the Feminine: Poisonous plants, Secrets, Poetry & Bellydance. {Video}

Via Julie JC Peters
on Oct 22, 2012
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Photo: Katarina Silva

It knows, to be sure it knows…

Ever had a secret? The kind that burns in your belly. You know it’s wrong, but it feels so good.

Ripe with saphotoxins, these plants should not be eaten.

Common symptoms are difficulty swallowing and speaking,

Lips swelling red

palms go wet


and a hallucinogenic death

Naomi Joy Gallagher, a yoga teacher and bellydancer with the Vancouver troupe Luciterra, and Julie (JC) Peters, yoga teacher, writer and studio owner (eastsideyoga.ca) from Vancouver BC, collaborated for the Interplay Dance festival this year, and here is what they created:

Yup, Elephant Ears are a real plant: common household plant that should definitely not be eaten. They really are called saphotoxins.

~Poem by Julie Peters

~Choreography by Naomi Joy Gallagher and Julie Peters

~Music by Aphex Twin, Beats Antique (Remix of Colony Collapse), and Grimes


Editor: Kate Bartolotta

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About Julie JC Peters

Julie (JC) Peters has been practicing yoga on and off from the tender age of 12, and it has gotten her through everything from the horrors of teenagedom to a Master’s degree in Canadian Poetry. She is a yoga teacher, spoken word poet, and writer, and teaches workshops on yoga and writing called Creative Flow. Julie also owns East Side Yoga in Vancouver with her mom, Jane.


2 Responses to “Exploring the Feminine: Poisonous plants, Secrets, Poetry & Bellydance. {Video}”

  1. maya says:

    fantastic i love it! Yoga as dance, with poetry, could not be a more perfect combination

  2. Becky says:

    Loved this!! So beautiful…