Public Festival Workshops and Lectures

Saturday March 17, 2012 - Charles B Wang Center

workshops photo(In alphabetical order by title)

A Body of Inspiration
Anne Burnidge

This workshop will explore human anatomy as a source for movement invention and generation. Through imagery, improvisation, and sensory exploration, participants will tune in to the structure and processes of their own bodies, bringing awareness to new movement possibilities and supporting deep physical expression. Participants will also cultivate creative associations resulting from these explorations, including feeling tones, textures, and metaphors.

11 am to 11:45 am, Wang 103

A Way of Thinking: The Alexander Technique as a Tool for Dance-Making
Raquel Pires Cavalcanti

Recent developments in the study of movement have focused on empowering dancers and valuing the dancers’ experiences over the imposition of rigid ways of moving. Alexander Technique, which looks at the way we carry our intentions, can facilitate this shift from outer appearance to the inner lived sensation of moving. This simple, practical method improves ease/freedom of movement, balance, support, coordination, and enhances students’ understanding of their moving bodies. Working alone, with partners, and in groups, participants will both observe their habitual tensions and ways of moving, and also connect to an inner sense of balanced, natural, effective movement. This workshop will include movement, observation, and in-depth discussion.

2 pm to 2:45 pm, Wang 301

The Art of Nise Da Silveira's Occupational Therapy
Jose Otavio Pompeu e Silva

The workshop explores the work of Nise da Silveira, a psychiatrist who pioneered the study of expressive and artistic activities in the lives of people with mental illness. In doing so, Silveira created her own unique branch of occupational therapy, and a study of her work contributes to the intersection of visual arts and occupational therapy. We will use movement, a power point presentation, film clips, and discussion to explore the heritage of da Silveira’s work, opening a dialogue between the fields of art and health services for people with mental suffering.

12 pm to 12:45 pm, Wang 101

Body Chatter: What Does Your Body Want You To Know?
Shuling Wu

This introductory workshop will guide participants to developing a dialogue between the body and the mind. We will learn about body-mind connections and we will also explore a body scan meditation. Participants will begin to listen to sensations felt within the body and they experience day to day life.

2 pm to 2:45 pm, Wang 103

Body Mind Development: The Integrated Self
Will Holloway

This workshop will address our perceptual differences between the body and mind, revealing why/how we often categorize and experience these entities separately. Participants will learn techniques to promote mind-body unification (an “integrated self”). This new awareness will allow participants a deeper understanding of the self in relationship with others.

1 pm to 1:45 pm, Wang 101

Body of Knowledge: Physical Teaching, Learning And Intelligence In The 21st Century
Mia Keinanen and Noah Riskin

For all of or recent technological advances, the smooth, sleek lines and processing power of our cherished devices, the very core of our experience as human beings remains at that of physical beings in a physical world. The real substance of our everyday existence--how we are born, live, and die—still takes place in terms of the body, or that which inextricably ties us to the beauty, mystery and meaning of the world around us. More, current and emerging science suggests it is our bodily interactions in the world that form the basis of language, thought and cognitive intelligence or what we call mind. It's striking, then, that for all of our intellectual curiosity and pursuits, the body is present as an object of study but goes all but unrecognized as an important dimension of our experience and intelligence.

10 am to 10:45 am, Lecture Hall 1

Body of Thought: Dancing the Multi-Layered Nature of the Lived Experience: A workshop Exploring a Collaborative Movement and Collaborative Meaning Making
Adesola Akinleye

This workshop was created from exploration into how moving together and witnessing dance in each other links each of us to an innate language of dance that appears to be informed by and confirms us as embodied beings. Collaborative movement choreographs with the movement narratives we create as we move alone and together, exploring the interchange between sensation, environment and reflective action. There is a particular focus in the workshop on how dance is a language in its own right (rather than a translation of words).

The workshop will involve facilitated improvisation and shared collaborative creation of movement within the space as well as reflective discussion (possibly including how dance language can be used as part of somatic research, and how dance resonates within frameworks of American Classical Philosophy).

11 am to 11:45 am, Wang 301

workshop imageComing Home to the Wisdom Body
Elisa Cotroneo

Somatic movement awareness practice as a doorway to embodying soul consciousness and emanating it into the world. Through traditional and contemporary movement and breathing practices we will access the life force that flows within us and connect to our emerging essential Selves.

1 pm to 1:45 pm, Wang 103

Composition and Creativity: Reactions to the Present Time
Selma Trevino

This workshop will consist of an Introduction to the Etienne Decroux Corporeal Mime Technique as a means to express thoughts and create movement text. Each session includes a technique class, movement research, and improvisations. Emphasis will be placed on the development of the performers’ scenic presence, precision, and drama in the body. We will work with techniques such as change of planes and levels, opposition, fixed point focus, precarious balance, dynamic immobility, and torsion.

2 pm to 2:45 pm, Wang 104

Connective Tissue, Hands-On, and Movement: Using Bartenieff Fundamentals And Hands-On to Assess and Promote Movement in Our Fascia
John Chanik

This workshop will teach participants to assess fascial patterns, and use movement patterning to promote change and healing. Working within the tradition of Bartenieff, Laban Movement Analysis, and Connective Tissue Massage, participants will partner up to explore simple spatial patterns, observe potential fascial restrictions, incorporate new movements, and assess for change. We will learn simple movement patterns and use touch to facilitate an understanding of movement.

10 am to 10:45 am, Wang 103

Dance and The Human Body: A Dialogue Between Science and Arts
Marta Simoes Peres

In this workshop, we will learn about: how to protect one’s self and one’s students from injury during movement, dance as a therapeutic approach, increased range of expression possibilities through Laban approach, space and the skeletal/muscular systems, time and the nervous system. These experiences can be applied to biomedical disciplines as well as dance.

3 pm to 4:00 pm, Wang 101

The Dance of Psychotherapy: Moving Through the Magic Circle  
Timothy Harling
with Nancy Koprak
This workshop will introduce participants to Dance/Movement Therapy (D/MT) through exercises, theory, and improvisation. Dancers, students, educators, and therapists will benefit greatly from this overview of D/MT. Participants will come away with a working knowledge of D/MT principles, and how D/MT is utilized with different populations and in diverse settings.

11 am to 11:45 am, Wang 104

Dance For PD (Parkinsonʼs Disease)/Mark Morris Dance Group
Rachel Balaban

Dance for PD® offers dance classes for people with Parkinsonʼs disease in Brooklyn, New York and, through our network of partners and associates, in more than 75 other communities around the world. In Dance for PD® classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative. An on-going collaboration between the Mark Morris Dance Group and the Brooklyn Parkinson Group, the Dance for PD® program also provides teacher training and nurtures relationships among other organizations so that classes based on our model are widely available.

1 pm to 1:45 pm, Wang 104

Dance/Movement Therapy From The Inside Outã
Johanna Climenko

In this workshop, Dance/Movement Therapy (d/mt) will be the vehicle to explore how we use ourselves in our work--be it clinical or creative--and tend to ourselves in our lives. We will work on honing our internal and external perception. We will explore the non-duality of going inside to attend to the outside, and how tending to ourselves and working with our own process is a vehicle to meeting others empathically. This workshop is suitable for clinicians and students in d/mt and related professions, as well as those working with comparable realms in creative process and self-exploration. Particular emphasis will be placed on self-renewal and replenishment, as well as the applications of d/mt as a medium for choreographic exploration.

2 pm to 2:45 pm, Wang 101

Dance Space Project: Butoh Workshop and Site-Performance
Tetsuro Fukuhara

Description to come.

3 pm to 4:00 pm, Wang 301

Disability Culture/Bodies of Difference I
Pamela Block, Akemi Nishida, Theresa Tiso, Petra Kuppers, Aimee Meredith Cox, Michael Dorn, Heidi Latsky, Park McArthur
We seek to be inclusive of all bodies that do not meet normal standards due to physical differences such as disability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, weight, and body type. "Disability Culture" has been used in a wide variety of ways in the past several decades and is linked to international development of disability studies as it relates to art, performance, and esthetics but also to the growth of disability communities, disability pride and disability rights activism. In this round table we will share and discuss our varied approaches to "disability culture" and "bodies of difference" from our different perspectives .

2 pm to 2:45 pm, Lecture Hall 2

Disability Culture/Bodies of Difference II
Pamela Block, Akemi Nishida, Theresa Tiso, Petra Kuppers, Aimee Meredith Cox, Michael Dorn, Heidi Latsky, Park McArthur
We seek to be inclusive of all bodies that do not meet normal standards due to physical differences such as disability, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, weight, and body type. "Disability Culture" has been used in a wide variety of ways in the past several decades and is linked to international development of disability studies as it relates to art, performance, and esthetics but also to the growth of disability communities, disability pride and disability rights activism. In this round table we will share and discuss our varied approaches to "disability culture" and "bodies of difference" from our different perspectives .

3 pm to 4:00 pm, Lecture Hall 1

Drummers as Movement Experts: Coordination, Control, and Cognition in Musical Performance
Richard Ashley

Musical performance places extraordinary demands on the human body’s abilities, and drumming is an exceptionally challenging example of musical skill. Expert drummers deploy all their limbs—both hands and both fee—-in swiftly-changing, complex patterns, synchronizing their actions and effects to a precision unheard of in most other human activities. This talk presents some of the findings from a large, ongoing project on expert drumming in jazz, soul, and funk. We see drumming as emerging from the possibilities and constraints of the human motor and cognitive systems, and relate drumming to dynamical systems models of human movement. Finally, we consider how these bodily factors influence and interact with both the geometry of the drumset and musical structure.

11 am to 11:45 am, Lecture Hall 1

Fusion Reaction
Kyla Barkin and Aaron Selissen

This workshop takes the student through an abbreviated class progressing from the inside out. The body and mind are enlivened and connected by using both internal and external forces while attention is placed on center, expansiveness, opposition, grounding, and movement quality. Principles from ballet, modern dance, improvisation, yoga, and various martial arts techniques are combined to experiment with actions and reactions within a shifting environment. Playing with intention, impulse and initiation, we explore how they may cause and affect weight transfer and how to maintain clarity and focus through a series of exercises for strength, endurance, coordination, agility, functionality, range of motion, and healthy systems.

3 pm to 4:00 pm, Wang 103

The Future of Physical Therapy: Treating the Pattern or The Symptom
Carol A. Montgomery

This workshop demonstrates how an effective clinician can understand the integral connectedness of movement, function, and health as they inform bipedal walking; this understanding of systems can be used to bring increased efficacy in the treatment and relief of pain. By learning to detect movement patterns within function, physical therapists can lead and shape the evolution of caring and health professions.

10 am to 10:45 am, Wang 104

From The Hip: Initiating Movement In Martial Arts
William Trevino

This lecture/demonstration will introduce movement scholars to the function of the hips in the traditional Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do Moo Duk Kwan. The presenter—a 4th degree black belt certified as a master instructor by the Korean Soo Bahk Do Association—will demonstrate several techniques throughout the lecture. He will specifically examine how movements in Soo Bahk Do are initiated by the hips and coordinated with the rest of the body in order to maximize speed and power.

11 am to 11:45 am, Wang 101

The Healing Power of Moving Body: A Clinical Case Report
Wenyi Wang, MD, and Zhiyuan Wang, MD

The effects of Falun Gong practice on the diagnosed disease of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).  

10 am to 10:45 am, Lecture Hall 2

Health of Mind, Body and Spirit: Chinese Perspectives
Jingduan Yang, Tao Institute of Body/Mind Medicine

Ancient Chinese civilization and medicine has a unique view and understanding of human life. The integration of mind, body and spirit with nature determined the lifestyle, arts, music, and healthcare of Chinese people throughout their history. In this presentation, Yang will describe some of the healing arts from traditional Chinese medicine.

12 pm to 12:45 pm, Lecture Hall 1

How Neurodevelopmental Movement Patterns Shape Rhythmic Structures in Music
Andy Warshaw

This workshop will give an overview of Warshaw's work on Locomotion-Encoded Musical Movements (LEMMS). LEMMS provide a means for dancers and musicians to hear expressions in music of what Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen has termed Basic Neurological Patterns. Analysts such as Laban, Bartenieff, and Temple Fay explored these essential "hard-wired" human movement inclinations under slightly different terminologies; in current use they are often referred to as neurodevelopment movement patterns. Warshaw's work suggests that a small group of these patterns, specifically those having to do with locomotion, play a role in establishing important aspects of rhythmic relationships, especially in percussion music. With movement improvisation and audio/visual examples, the workshop will address the role of LEMMS in clarifying hierarchical levels of rhythmic activity, underlying polyrhythmic performance capabilities, and advancing aurally logical sequences of rhythmic development and modulation.  

12 pm to 12:45 pm, Wang 104

Inside Out/Outside In: Discovering Freedom Through Movement
Erin Dudley

Based in Butoh and Yoga, this workshop will teach participants to release mental stress and physical tension with a synthesis of uncomplicated techniques from both disciplines. We will utilize Yoga techniques and imagination exercises using movement and vocalization based in Butoh dance. Some yoga and movement experience is suggested, although no experience with dance or Butoh is necessary.

12 pm to 12:45 pm, Wang 301

Klein Technique
Susan Klein

Participants will be introduced to the Klein Technique, which involves working/moving through the level of the bone, the deepest densest tissue in the body that conducts the most energy. In Klein Technique, the body’s structure is moved through coordination of all its parts. We will explore movement joint to joint, relying on the balance of the muscles working to move the bones, not to hold them.

1 pm to 1:45 pm, Chapel

Motion is the Engine of Creative Thinking, Acting and Being
Phylis Lamhut and the Nikolais Legacy Group

20th century choreographer Alwin Nikolais developed theories and practices of dance as pure motion that inspire imaginative, creative and innovative platforms of research into physical sensory awareness. This sentient awareness of gesture forms the qualitative foundation of the creative process. In an effort to expand the scope of contemporary inquiry into the very nature of creativity, and believing that motion is the engine of thinking, acting and being, Nikolais' theories, in the time/space continuum of our time, can contribute to the advancement of dialogues among dance, other arts, sciences and education. Film excerpts of Nikolais work on DVD, followed by a panel from the Nikolais Legacy Group.

2 pm to 2:45 pm, Lecture Hall 1

Moving In Resonance With All Life: An Introduction to the Somatic Process of Continuum Movement
Robin Becker

Continuum Movement (often referred to as “Moving Medicine”) is a practice of healing and body exploration, founded in 1967 by Emilie Conrad. This practice explores the properties and movement of water as it shapes life both within the body and the larger world. Continuum Movement offers a dynamic and creative approach to self-awareness and healing, and has impacted the fields of dance, physical therapy, psychology spinal cord injury, brain research, aging, fitness, and the creative process.

2 pm to 2:45 pm, Chapel

Moving Water: An Embodied Approach To Environmental Activism
Cynthia Stevens

This workshop considers the interrelationship of the body, community, and environment. Through movement activities and performance viewing, participants will experience a micro-macro approach using dance, somatics, and ecology to foster a visceral sense of place. We will also consider how this work is built upon the foundation laid by Steve Paxton in improvisation, and by the forces of nature including bodies of water and animals.

12 pm to 12:45 pm, Chapel

Nerves, Fascia, and CSF - Somatic and NeuroMotor Approaches in Medicine
Martha Eddy and Susan Miliani
Engage with integrative medical professionals who use somatic movement within the fields of medicine and education. Learn how body awareness, neuro-motor constructs and the movement of neural, fascial and dural tissue informs daily professional practice. Bring your questions about health, performance, pain management, and the nitty gritty of daily work.

1 pm to 1:45 pm, Lecture Hall 1

Perfect Your Posture With Kohnstamm’s Phenomenon: Theory and Practice
Doug Boltson

Learn to employ Kohnstamm’s Phenomenon to elicit naturally buoyant, effortlessly aligned extension and equilibrium. Part lecture/part demo and part experiential workshop, this fun and practical presentation gives you the tools to access your unconscious postural system and create a more functional relationship with gravity.

10 am to 10:45 am, Wang 101

Phoeonix: The Feldenkrais Method
Anastasi Siotas

This workshop will study one classic Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lesson by Feldenkrais, commonly referred to as “Dead Bird.” This lesson explores the difference between opposed and coordinated action, such as learning how your eye movements coordinate with your neck, and with the body as a whole. This will be considered within the larger context of how awareness of connected movement within your body can reverse faulty movement patterns, and bring increased healing/range of motion.

12 pm to 12:45 pm, Wang 103

The Power of Healing Through Movement
Nalini Prakash and Aarthi Muthkumaran

This workshop/presentation shares the inspiring experiences a young artist, Aarthi Muthukumaran, who suffered a massive stroke in December 2005. Her story demonstrates the therapeutic qualities of dance/movement, and the innate healing powers of the classical Indian art forms (especially Bharatanatyam). In 2009, Bharatanatyam dancer/teacher began her work with Aarthi, using the central principle of Dance/Movement Therapy: the therapist must meet an individual where he/she is most comfortable and capable, and work from strengths rather than weaknesses. This practice of D/MT and Bharatanatyam brought Aarthi healing, increasing her confidence and enabling her to perform before an audience of loved ones and supporters a mere 6 years after her stroke. Together, Aarthi and Nalini demonstrate dance and movement as a holistic approach in rehabilitation, and the power of healing.

3 pm to 4:00 pm, Chapel

Proto-Aesthetic Movement: The Earliest Dance, and a Layer of Artistic Movement in Children
Jo Gjertson Frederiksen
Why do very young children dance, or even just move? The exploration of this primal and intrinsic type of aesthetic movement, which is always part of us, appears to be the material process that artists seek to unearth and embody. We will revisit this earliest style of movement, and how it can be incorporated into dance as art.

1 pm to 1:45 pm, Lecture Hall 2

Putting Movement Into Your Life: A Beyond Fitness Primer
Maxine Sheets-Johnstone
Putting Movement into Your Life: A Beyond Fitness Primer 
is an e-book that is engagingly written with two-page foldouts per chapter that offer slow food for thought on a diversity of topics related to the immediate topic in the text. The book is definitely NOT an exercise book or a self-help book, but a book about movement that breaks new ground in lively and creative ways while remaining anchored in everyday life. Everyday life is replete with movement — getting up, sitting down, pushing a grocery cart, brushing your teeth, washing dishes, running to greet a friend. The list is seemingly endless. So also are the possibilities for feeling alive. Surprising yourself in your habits can be enlivening and making a habit of surprising yourself can be a creative adventure, even as you are changing the sheets on the bed, waiting in line at the check-out counter — or even a member of an audience at a Festival.

12 pm to 12:45 pm, Lecture Hall 2

Radical Departures
Bonnie McGlynn DeLuca

Movement as physical, sensual, thought-form, and experiential practice. Through movement, touch, elements of contact improvisation, and partnering exercises, we’ll sink into the symbiotic realities of weight and momentum, time and space, humanity and habitat, evolution and chaos. Class begins with a continuous warm-up grounded in somatic theories of form and function, relationship and space, support and movement.  Using dance, yoga, pedestrian walking, and other “real-life” experiences of movement, we’ll deepen our awareness of internal and external space.  A sense of rhythm, of space, of place emerges as we move through connective relationships of chaos and stillness, form and function, habitat and humanity.

Workshop participants will understand their bodies’ movement as a valuable sensory experience and understand the importance of finding space within and using the space around them to support this experience.  Workshop participants will leave with new embodiment tools/methods to deal with compression, habits, and injury in the body. Guided self-touch and partnering sequences will be part of each participant's experience.  Participants will be asked to come in comfortable, layered, clothing.  Yoga mats, props, creature comforts are welcome.  All abilities are welcome.

10 am to 10:45 am, Wang 301

Releasing Tension: Views From Physical Therapy, Embodied Anatomy, Feldenkrais and Bones For Life
William DeTurk and Sue Ann Sisto

Description to come.

11 am to 11:45 am, Lecture Hall 2

Revolutionary Movement: Exploring the Evolution of the Dances of the Orixas, and Their Presence in Modern Afoxe, Brazil.
Joya Powell

This workshop will explore the basic movement phrases of the Dances of the Orixas (dances of the deities within the Candomble religion), and their evolution into the modern dances of the Afoxe. Participants will gain a kinetic understanding of the derivation of these movement techniques, and the sociopolitical context, which necessitates the use of these dances as a healing force within Afro-Brazilian society. The workshop will include a warm-up, across-the floor exercises, short movement phrases, and improvisation.

1 pm to 1:45 pm, Wang 301

Skinner Releasing Technique: Connection To Eastern Philosophy
Julie Ludwick                

This workshop is an introduction to the exercises of Skinner Releasing Technique, and a brief overview of the history behind its development. Participants will explore/discuss their experiences in class through the lens of Eastern Thought, including: meditation, physical awareness, emphasis on PROCESS rather than PRODUCT, and the use of imagery in discovering new ways of moving.

10 am to 10:45 am, Chapel

Spiral Praxis: Modern Flow Techniques For Bodymind
Yuji Oka and Stephanie Gottlob

Spiral Praxis is a cutting-edge, contemporary bodymind system that accelerates the process of bringing conscious learning into the unconscious mind. Originally developed as a method for modern dance training, Spiral Praxis explores the dynamics of oscillatory spiral forms to bring people to higher states of free flow. The universal nature of its reflex learning techniques allows Spiral Praxis to span a broad mix of interdisciplinary fields of study including meditation, yoga, athletics, psychology, dance, art & philosophy and injury rehabilitation.

In this workshop, founders Stephanie Gottlob and Yuji Oka will explain the practice and philosophy of Spiral Praxis and its unique power to spur recovery, health, personal growth and creativity. By elucidating the fundamental concepts of spiral flow, learning reflexes, internal flow patterning, fractal bodymind hierarchy and more, they will demonstrate how people can use Spiral Praxis to alter their experience and perceptions within a diverse range of human activities.

11 am to 11:45 am, Chapel

Voice and Movement
Janice Brenner

This workshop is an interdisciplinary offering to increase one's range of expression, locate the voice within the body, and delve into an holistic approach to performance. Freeing the voice liberates the moving body and expands its vocabulary. A physical and vocal warm-up begin the sessions, creating a great sense of community and unified purpose from which we can move into interdisciplinary explorations together. Experiments in physical, vocal and character transformation as soloists and as a group allow us to both explore deeply and "play" together.

3 pm to 4:00 pm, Wang 104

Wakefulness: Troubling the Past, Interrogating the Present, and Imagining the Future
Joan D. Frosch

The invocation of wakefulness is a call to refresh our lenses. It is an invitation “not to follow socially scripted and to open up to the unknown” (Agamben Savigliano 2009). In other words, it is to attend closely to self, other and environment(s), so that one may recognize the moment of time and space one is in and contribute to some (perhaps, unanticipated) forward motion. Wakefulness is a reflection on listening, learning, and responding to what is outside of us as well as to the changing tone of our inner lives. As we become aware of shifts or even ruptures—of ideas, research products, disciplines otherwise fixed, “proven” if you will — wakefulness bypasses the temptation to close in on definitive answers. Wakefulness renders answers into questions and provocations to action, to movement.

3 pm to 4:00 pm, Lecture Hall 1


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