Today is a cold and sunny November day. The light is beautifully bright; the days start to be short while the nights are long and dark. The coloured leaves let go, they gracefully float down, finding their place on earth embedded on other leaves; bright leaves on top of brown leaves. The veil between dark and light, between life and death seems to be thin. It is the time when we start to spend more time inside, when our bodies need time to rest, to sleep and to dream, to let new seeds grow silently deep within us.
Inspiriting, teaching and connecting
In October I went to the European Dance Movement Therapy Conference ‘Crossing Boarders” in Athens together with my colleague Simone Kleinloh. We presented a workshop about choreographic approaches in a therapeutic setting to more than forty dance therapists. It was nice to share our work, get inspired by other colleagues and to spend time with each other. Athens was the perfect setting to enjoy being with each other and to feel the necessity to do our work, offering people support by finding body and mind connectivity in times of crises. It saddened me to see poverty in the city, refugees sleeping close to churches in the streets while tourism and cosmopolitan life style happens just a few meters apart. I am questioning how these unequal prepositions we live in will influence our future. The Greek dance therapists deal with these problems day by day and many of them spoke about it during the Conference, as it was the theme of the conference.
I also went to the European Laban Bartenieff Conference in Remscheid where I attended interesting applications of the Laban/Bartenieff work. It is good to see that the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System is developing and growing. It is such a rich and inspiring body of work and has many applications. I believe we do need to remember people in this area of technology that we need to include our bodies more. Technology is not a bad thing but we need to learn how to use it without loosing our humanity. Being human means to have and be a body. Our bodies connect us to all living matter and are reminding us that there is really no separation between our environment and us.
Upcoming plans: education, workshops and summer dance retreat
I am very happy to introduce you to the Embodied Movement Institute (EMOVE Institute) that I co-founded together with Marieke Delannoy. We will start a certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement System Education in Rotterdam in July 2019. Please check out our website:
If you are interested in Laban/Bartenieff work you can attend an introductory workshop I will give in June in Remscheid (Germany) check out the link here:
Introductory workshop in Remscheid from 1-7 June 2019
I will offer three Friday afternoon workshops in Amsterdam as part of my practice. In these BODY series I like to share themes that interest me in an explorative way. You can inscribe yourself for one or for all three of them. Places will be limited to 8, so do not wait to long if you are interested.
As each year I will offer a Summer Dance Retreat in Southern Spain. It is an amazing place in the middle of mountains close to the Mediterranean seaside and Granada. Once there, people usually do not want to leave any more. We are dancing outside on an open-air wooden dance floor surrounded by beautiful chestnut trees and waterfalls. Please check out the flyer for all the information. The early bird will end at the end of February.
I am wishing you a good winter time with lots of warm teas, cosy evenings and of course happy dancing!
Today I walked through the Dutch dunes toward the seaside. The dunes are a very beautiful and well-kept part of nature. In every season I enjoy walking through the small paths, the trees bent over by the wind, the hidden places, the lakes with many birds, and always find some herb or fruit to pick. It is quiet here and it invites me to think.
Readiness and Sustainability in Times of Rapid Change
Moving Our Selves Intensives use the Laban Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) to investigate how we live in the world, and how our movement choices hinder or support the changes we seek. LBMS enables us to perceive, experience, and describe our own personal movement patterns. Our patterns influence how we negotiate boundaries and balance the needs of self and other.
Spring started, flowers and blossoming trees offer dreamlike views. Today I was in the park and I saw a little girl, hands wide open catching the blossom rain with her hands and laughing with joy. A new rhythm has begun and we can feel the excitement of the change.
Like nature, we have rhythms in our lives: patterns that repeat themselves and change offer us time to renew our energy and to recuperate from what has been present before. Our breath is changing continuously, in and out. We exert and we recuperate. The alternation keeps us in balance and in good health.
In our society, working effectively and being successful can take over our days. This can feel like a daily struggle. There is little time to unplug, to rest and to retreat. Our time demands so much fast action that we can forget our need to recuperate, and we no longer ‘read’ the signs of stress in our bodies. Many people are not aware that they are living in ’survival’ mode. We get trapped in our sympathetic nervous system, the part of us that is responsible for arousal and the fight/flight response. Adrenaline is streaming through our veins and running the show.
Dans Flow - exploratie, improvisatie, techniek
In deze les zoeken we naar ons persoonlijk dansgevoel, de doorstroom in beweging en onze eigen creativiteit. Je leert jezelf beter kennen door middel van exploratie en improvisatie en krijgt basisoefeningen aangereikt die je laten ontwikkelen als beweger. De lessen zijn gebaseerd op de Release-techniek, Bartenieff Fundamentals en op verschillende improvisatietechnieken. Plezier, uitdaging, persoonlijke kleur, bewustzijn van de ruimte binnen en buiten het lichaam, dynamiek, momentum en flow vormen de basis voor deze les. De les is geschikt voor mensen met basis kennis in dans.
17 – 24 July 2017
Explore - Bodywork – Improvise - Nature - Share – Dance
In this workshop we will work with our potential to move from an authentic resource and our connection with our environment. Through different principles of the Laban/Bartenieff System we will explore our Moving Self in dance; as Dynamic Alignment, Core Support, Developmental Patterning and Rotation. Each concept will be presented through simple experiential movement platforms that awaken the body’s attention to its functional anatomy and it’s presence in space. We will work with awareness to the different categories body, effort, shape and space.
Cassandra Seltman conducts an interview of Moving Our Selves co-founders Katharina Conradi (Amsterdam) and Joanna Brotman (New York City), whose upcoming movement intensives will take place in New York City in April 2017, and will return for a third season to Amsterdam in July 2017. Joanna and Katharina first met in the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies Certification Program training program in Edinburgh, directed by Karen Studd (author of Everybody is a Body). Through this training they discovered shared values and goals for utilizing the Laban Bartenieff Movement System for personal, professional, and creative growth. They took this shared experience forward into a workshop format and personal development process that invites participants to become consciously aware not only of movement patterns but of habits that are no longer choices. Their work seeks to put people back into connection with the movement aspect of self that reflects choice.