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March 17, 2012 Dancers

Festival of the Moving Body: Performance, Public Festival Workshops, Lectures, Films, Installations

Explore the Dynamic Relationship Between Movement, Creativity, and Good Health. Join us for a day of movement and discovery as Stony Brook University presents The Festival of the Moving Body.

Through this daylong event, participants will learn how movement, creativity, and imagination impact holistic health, recovery, and well-being.

Experts from around the globe will share their ideas, research, creative work, and interdisciplinary thinking through film, dance, media, interactive art installations, somatic education and therapy, visual art, panel discussions, music, classes, and performance.


The Festival is open to all participants (15 years and older) who are interested in improving their minds and bodies. Come join us for a day of fun and learning, as we explore the moving body's potential for creativity and health.

Registration fee is $15 by March 13 or $20 at the door. Registration begins at 9 am.

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The Wang Center also sponsors the premiere of Existenz, the summit performance of the festival, on Friday, March 16, 2012. For details or to purchase tickets to Existenz, please click here.

As a co-sponsor of the Festival of the Moving Body, the Wang Center’s Asian and Asian American Program Office highlights the Asian Themed programs in the festival.

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

10 am to 10:45 am, Lecture Hall 2

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

Screening: For Water (Short Film)
Director and Choreograph: Natalie Metzger; Dancers: Lisa Long, Anne Moore, Dew Nurnaeny, Cherise Richards, Helda Yossiana; Composer: Robert Allaire
10 am, Wang Theater

A collaboration between dancers from Indonesia and America, For Water is inspired by the importance of water to the islands of Indonesia and to water-starved California. The film follows a pilgrimage of five spirits to a sacred place to perform their ritual for water.

From The Hip: Initiating Movement In Martial Arts
William Trevino

11 am to 11:45 am, Wang 101

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.

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

11 am to 11:45 am, Wang Chapel

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.

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

12 pm to 12:45 pm, Lecture Hall 1

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.

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

12:40 to 2:00 pm, Nassau Hall 104 in South Campus

Preregister by contacting the Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning at (631) 632-7392.

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.

Tetsuro Fukuhara: Space Dance Project Art Installation
Rajyashree Ramesh

1:45 PM, Wang Theater Lobby

The Space Dance project combines “Dance + Architecture + Information + Design” in a multi-disciplinary collaboration with dancers, artists, scientists, technicians, and researchers.

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

2 pm to 2:45 pm, Wang 103

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.

The Power of Healing Through Movement
Nalini Prakash and Aarthi Muthkumaran

3 pm to 4:00 pm, Wang Chapel

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.

Film Screening: My Playground (2010)
Director: Kaspar Astrup Schöder
3 pm to 4:00 pm, Wang Theater

Mainly set in Copenhagen the film follows Team JiYo (Parkour) as they explore the city and encounter the obstacles it presents. Award winning architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of BIG Architects, is fascinated by the way Team JiYo convey architecture and takes the team to his buildings, to explore and unfold their skills, that may be just as groundbreaking as the architecture itself. The film travels around the world from Denmark to Japan, United States, United Kingdom, and China to explore where the urban mobility is heading.


Community Yoga Workshop

Meetings held on Most Tuesdays in Room 104 of the Wang Center.
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Please join us for multi-level yoga classes (appropriate for beginners to advanced students) designed to bring mind, body, and spirit into alignment. This is a hatha yoga class. Introduced by Yogi Swatmarama, a sage of 15th century India, traditional Hatha Yoga represents opposing energies: hot and cold (fire and water, following similar concept as yin-yang), male and female, positive and negative and attempts to balance mind and body via asana (poses), pranayama (breath control), and the calming of the mind through relaxation and meditation. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat.
Suggested $5 donation for instructor.
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Buddhist Study and Practice Group

(BSPG) offers weekly meditation to students, staffs and our community every Thursday evening from 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm in the Charles B. Wang Center. 

All are welcome to join the group to learn more about Buddhist teachings and traditions, practice mindfulness & loving kindness meditation, and to share in our experience. BSPG organizes lectures, meditation workshops, visits to museums and monasteries, and participates in educational events in Long Island communities and schools. BSPG is an open group for people to learn and to serve students and the community. It strives to meet the needs of people with varying degrees of interest, backgrounds, and practices. 

Free for students; donations gratefull accepted from other participants.

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The Heart Sutra: Inside and Out

Workshops with Harry Miller

These workshops explore both the internal and external experiences described in the heart sutra. The internal aspect will be explored through meditation. The meanings and functions of Buddhist concepts and philosophy will be explained and discussed during our sessions. These concepts include:

  • Avalokitesvara
  • Form, Emptiness
  • The Five Skanhdas
  • Pajnaparamita Mantra

Open to the public. Free for Stony Brook students; suggested donation of $20 for others.

Session 1: Saturday, March 10, 2012, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

Session 2: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM

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