Dance and Somatics Workshops

We are excited about students and professionals joining us as participants at the Festival of the Moving Body 2014. The festival will have renown international, national and regional presenters (artists, dancers, bodymind practitioners, scientists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, disability scholars, medical doctors, performers), and promises to be an inspiring event for many people. 

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival of the Moving Body!

Dance and Somatics Workshop - To Be Announced Soon!

Past Workshop Descriptions Offered at the Festival of the Moving Body in 2012:

The Ballet Barre: A Framework for Movement Repatterning
Jean-Marie Martz

This workshop will present possibilities for motor pattern improvement that basic ballet exercises performed at the barre can facilitate. After addressing faulty patterns commonly encountered in the execution of ballet exercises such as plies, battements, and ronds de jambe, the presentation will propose a more efficient and economical approach to those basic movements. We will perform simple combinations devised, in terms of timing, weight-bearing changes and spatial organization, so as to foster an awareness of functional whole-body alignment in movement and repose.

Fine-tuning the kinetic patterns underlying barre exercises is facilitated by the fact that the student is holding onto a stationary piece of equipment. The progression from two-handed to one-handed support allows the student to integrate the information coming from the movement combination’s kinesthetic logic and, when needed, from the teacher’s manual guidance.

In times when there is much crossover between dance idioms, the movement efficiency principles presented in this ballet-based workshop are also applicable to other dance techniques besides ballet. Barre exercises can be a unique vehicle for exploring the subtleties the dancing human body is capable of in terms of movement initiation and execution. Workshop attendees are invited to participate physically in the exercises.

Contemporary African Dance Workshop
Lacina Coulibaly

Description to come.

Ground-Core, The Somatic Dance Practice
Raphael Xavier
After temporary paralysis due to a spine injury/infection, Raphael Xavier began to approach breakdancing much more cautiously and smarter than before. He wanted to create a movement that could heal and strengthen at the same time, so the longevity of a dancing body could be sustained. His presentation/workshop will teach participants of any age a new approach to the everyday typical movements; to think smarter moving. For professional dancers he will teach about form as a new tool. We will develop new movement techniques to take to performance, all in order to keep the spirit and choreography fresh for the artist and to the audience.

Xavier’s goals for the presentation/workshop is teach how to re-think and explore the limitations of boundaries. Boundaries and walls/obstacles are not limits at all, but the key to help us as individuals, push through the limits in life. Xavier is looking to expand his horizons and give the audience/participant a new perspective of more freedom to create with limits; and using limits to our advantage. Artistically and creatively he will demonstrate the meaning of a truly free moving body by presenting work that he has created as a dancer and painter, using the tools of Ground-core. The physicality, power and male bravado within the art form of Breaking becomes a tranquil thing of beauty as the form has become personal and powerful therapy as a maturing Hip Hop dancer.

Nama-Rupa: Form And Content In The Dancer’s Moving Body
Rajyashree Ramesh

The moving body of the dancer creates forms. Dance at the same time uses movement selectively when instilling meaning by associating form with content. An analysis of the outer shaping and expressivity as seen in Indian dance traditions, demonstrates the forms created by the body as being expressions of inner connectivity patterns, imagery and/or emotional states of being. The performance workshop will therefore focus on form and the process of form-giving for content. The notion of space and emotion in Indian dance will be explored based on current research on gestures, emotions, and movement. The aim is to experience how the body integrates the mind to become both the “core” and “tool” to experiential embodied knowledge and well-being.

West African Dance and Drum
Maguette Camara

In West Africa, dance is part of daily life. It is used to mark occasions such as a birth, death, harvest, wedding, etc. It is also used to unite the community in time of crisis. West African dance is not as much a strict technique as it is movement coming from the spirit and the rhythm of the drumming and the energy of the people.

Some African dance steps are taken directly from daily activities such as planting or hunting. Most, however, are an expression of joy or release of the spirit. Dancing is done by communicating with a drummer to creative positive energy. In African dance the name of the dance is the same as the name of the rhythm played by the drums. The individual steps that make up the dance do not have names. In this case, we are going to be learning various West African dances such as Sikko, Socco, Kuku, Mandiany, Farakorroba, Sunu, Soli, Lamba, Manodjo, Diambadong, Doundounba, Kaolask, Thieboudjeune, Niarry-gorong, Wolossodong, Bamdiama and Mbaliya.


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Upcoming Festival of the Moving Body 
October 16 and 17, 2014
Stony Brook University 
Welcoming Remarks and Opening Keynote:
Thursday, October 16, 2014, 10 AM
Welcoming Remarks:
Stony Brook University President
Opening Keynote Address and Provost Lecture
Professor of Dance, Director Center for World Arts
University of Florida, Gainesville
Closing Keynote Address and Film Series:
Friday, October 17, 2014, 4PM
Closing Keynote Address
Artist, Director, Filmaker, Choreographer 

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The Festival of the Moving Body • Stony Brook University
Phone: 631.632.3005

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