Upcoming Workshops & Classes & Retreats
The Netherlands, Spain, Switserland
Summer Dance Retreat in Southern Spain
Workshop Description: Moving Our Selves
In this workshop, we will explore our potential to move from authentic resources. This year I will bring my fantastic colleague and friend from New York City, Joanna Brotman, and we will teach Moving Our Selves together! Moving Our Selves uses the Laban Bartenieff Movement System (LBMS) to identify 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. These patterns influence how we negotiate boundaries and balance the needs of self and other.
By developing mini-profiles of our own movement patterns, we will shine a light on the relationship between our inner selves and our outer worlds. We will creatively design ways to shift our own patterns to support meaningful and productive change in our personal, artistic, and professional lives. Moving Our Selves investigates the unique phrasing with which each of us organizes our movement – how the parts of our movement fit into the whole of who we are. Emphasis will be on finding the interplay between our inner and outer connectivity.
We will investigate our internal experience of dancing as we connect with other dancers and nature. Witnessing ourselves and each other (Authentic Movement), partnering (Contact Improvisation) as well as verbal, written, visual and moving inquiries will deepen our personal and collective awareness. We will dance surrounded by the profound beauty of water, earth, mountains, stars, moon and sun.
Moving Our Selves will balance exertion with recuperation in equal parts. The joy of moving with authenticity, in contact with others and our environment, will be important keystones supporting and shaping the unique connections between our inner and outer landscapes. This workshop is open to people of all levels in dance.
The location: Baile en el aire
The dance retreat center is situated in the South of Spain in the Alpujarras, an hour drive from Granada. It is a beautiful landscape with lots of waterfalls, amazing chestnut trees, endless sunshine and nights full of stars.
The property has a variety of little houses (fincas), all very specially furnished and painted. There is a big vegetable garden and an amazing swimming pool with a small island in the middle just ten meters from the dance floor. The water is natural and fresh and comes from the mountains! The dance floor is open air with a very good wooden floor and a shade roof. The shower and toilet facilities are simple but wonderful and function on solar energy.
The land is 1500 m high, surrounded by the Sierra Nevada and open to the Mediterranean seaside. There are various sized rooms (1 to 3 people in a room) in the little houses. You can rest or take walks and enjoy the waterfalls and the beautiful panoramic landscape. The food, vegetarian and delicious, is offered three times a day: breakfast, a large Mediterranean meal at 3 pm, and a light dinner. In the late afternoons there is time to have a siesta, walk to the beautiful villages surrounding the center, swim in the pool or work independently on the dance space.
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- Arrival 1st of August in the afternoon – Departure 8th of August after breakfast
- 6 days of workshop 5 hours every day
- Workshop: 375, – euro
- Early bird till 28th of February 325 – euro
- Loges & food 330, – euro (three delicious vegetarian meals a day and a single/double/shared sleeping place)
The Body Series
In these Friday Afternoon Workshop Series we will work from the somatic experience of our bodies. Through movement explorations that offer new anatomical knowledge, creative metaphores and hands-on feedback we will dive into a new experience in a playful and joyous way.
4 oktober 2019: The Tonic System – How we orient in Space
15. november 2019: The Developmental Patterns
13 december 2019: Bony Landmarks
- 3 fridays 110,- euro
- 1 friday 45,- euro
Introduction to Bartenieff Fundamentals
In this introductory BF course the focus is on the Body and somatic experience. Bartenieff Fundamentals consist of a set of principles and exercises developed by a student of Rudolf Laban, Irmgard Bartenieff. You will get to know some principles such as dynamic alignment, breath support, core support, graduated joint rotation, initiation, sequencing of movement and developmental movement patterns. All these principles support organic, conscious and embodied movement.Through simple experiential movement platforms the body will awaken attention and wisdom to its functional anatomy, sensory feedback and presence in space. You will develop your movement skills, delve into somatic experience and connect to your inner, intimate Self.
6-7-8 March 2020
Fridays and Saturdays: 10.00 – 18.00
Sundays: 9.00 – 16.00
zoEspaces, Elsässerstrasse 34, 4056 Basel
Kosten: CHF 550.-