Aesthetics, Somatics and Embodied Philosophy
(Un) Threading Dance Technique / solo dance articulations
(Un)Threading is a practice using tools to sense the body within a dynamic system while dancing.
We touch into the body’s changing circuitry to generate new choreography and tap into forces, undoing hierarchical training with a wholly musculoskeletal bias, in the process. We can directionally shift between physical and spatial planes with great ease by connecting forces between body, earth and space. In working with a responsive structure we experience the body as space, as well as form to change perception of time and space and the quality of our attention. A thread may encompass a range of dance- from composition to experimenting with the body of potentials. Action, undoing and presence are all possible in “a thread of attention”.
This practice increases our range of movement, mental flexibility and extends presence- as dancers, movers, performers or dynamic bodies involved with the world.
Dance Becoming the Future We Want / Choreographic Communing
In this workshop we ask theoretical questions and apply tools to our practice. We compose, experiment, learn, and commune as a friendship of bodies. Our questions will appeal to how we articulate future potentials by tending to how we think about dance and how we embody Now.
When do we structure movement and when do we destabilize patterns in service to what we might become? What do we shed in favor of becoming future bodies? What is the foundation of why we dance (our nature)? How do we situate dance as a relational phenomena composed from a network of real connections? How does Presence invite coherence in dances with other? How do body-systems other than muscle and bone open our range of embodied experience and invite new entries to dance? How does our Space influence the future?
This workshop is designed in response to contemporary questions in dance and philosophy and an interest in a future potentiality not dictated by interaction with electronic devices, but embodied potentials. This class is a counterpoint to imposed isolation and the narrowing of tactile sensing and proprioception, and the lack of aural-engagement within screen life.
Composition comes out of our work in preparing a relational body, as we articulate how dance happens in a relational system. We explore how materiality between the body, space, time, object and other unfolds in a time-based process where both composition and embodied ritual overlap. Dance is composed by collective forces, as relational thinking informs compositional choices. We invite new entries in genre-bending dance through this inquiry.
The body activates across systems as we focus on singular sources within the physical body (musculo-skelatal, nervous, etc), the body-field (energetic system) and space (blurring boundaries between space and matter). The hands are instrumental in some aspects of activating and connecting systems, as we touch into the body and body-field. We work with imagery to grow potentials within the body, the field around the body and the space between bodies. We are able to experience qualities specific to each system and also see how the embodied imagination and body intelligence work together in communications across systems.
Combined Workshop – The Hugeness of Instant Composition / Trans-Embodiment / Space-Maker
We’ll explore somatics across systems and cultivate aesthetics connected through deep embodiment, easy coordination and inherently satisfying movement. We’ll then use images for dancing in space-bodies- perceiving/experiencing space and body as partners and as one body. From the expanse and ground, we’ll delve into instant composition by thinking about dance as a relational phenomena where composition occurs in collaborations between body and its networked parts, space, music, other- as we find the equilibrium between life and dance.