Somatics, Improvisation and the Poetics of Performance, Venice Italy

24-28 of june 2020
11.00 am – 6.00 pm

Centro Teatrale di Ricerca – Venice (Italy)

Somatics Improvisation and the Poetics of Dance

This intensive workshop is experiential research of somatic practices, contact and improvisations, and structures and scores for dancing. Students will discover, explore, separate, integrate and improvise with physical systems and patterns to make visible physiological rhythms of support and creativity. We will explore anatomy and physiology to better understand the mechanics of movement. Through exposing contradictions in the body and engaging with our imaginations, we will widen choice, create discernment and practice embodiment and composition.
The course, designed for teachers, creators and performers in dance and theatre, will bring forth skills, tools and practical experience of somatic studies and improvisation, to become more tuned to physical centres and subtleties of touch, direction and intention. It will explore how to use these discoveries to tune the physical instrument of body and mind, and as a source for creative practice and the poetics of the human being through dancing, voicing, writing and reading.
There will be two classes a day working in the studio and outside. We will have jams and also spontaneous events.
Each participant will bring a seed of an idea and create a short solo during the course of the workshop. The solo can be sourced from a work already in progress, from discoveries in the workshop, or a structured improvisation that will develop during the time at CTR.
There will be an informal public showing the last evening.

Bearnstow at Parker Pond – August 16 -22, 2020

August 16 – 22, 2020, I will once again be teaching an intensive workshop entitled Combining Disciplines for Creative Practice – a workshop exploring improvisational and somatic approaches to dance making- at Bearnstow on Parker Pond in Maine.

 Each participant will create a solo with materials we engage with research with practices such as Body-Mind Centering (r) principles, Contact Improvisations, tunings of body and voice through exploring evolutionary and developmental movement patterns, our senses and perceptions, yoga, voice and theater.  We will work inside, outside, together and also have time to wander in personal ideas and the beautiful nature we will be surrounded by.

Bearnstow is a retreat away from other distractions deep in the woods on a wonderful lake – a camp that has been run (and still is)  by the singular and sensational Ruth Grauert since 1946.  

This year’s workshop will be especially unique as the participants will be part of the making of a film by artist Tori Lancaster.

 There really are not many, if any, places that are like Bearnstow anymore.   Please go to the web site for more information.