COOKBOOK FOR THE BONEHOUSE: Improvisational Dance Workshop
This workshop takes a playful and strategic approach to movement, voice and performance. Over the past twenty-five years, I have developed a cookbook" of wild play recipes" to challenge and focus dancers.Contact Paula about upcoming workshops or booking a workshop. The workshop may include some or all of the following:
SourceWork: Specific image-based strategies for opening the body to new movement possibilities, and developing personal, kinetic imagery. This includes A Thousand Voices - a "chunking down" practice that brings greater clarity and differentiation to the body. Other practices explore the power of stillness, the palette of dynamic space, phrasing, concealing/revealing, initiation, sequencing and shape shifting.Listening Strategies: Based on the Deep Listening strategies of long-time collaborator Pauline Oliveros, these strategies expand choices, focus and dynamism in performance. Laban Movement Analysis (LMA): Developed by Rudolf Laban, LMA helps dancers to explore non-habitual, "out-of-the-box" spatial, dynamic and body-level choices. It offers movers in all disciplines an expanded expressive palette for improvisation and choreography. Authentic Movement: A contemplative movement practice that nourishes creativity and imagination through a practice of intuitive and spontaneous movement in the presence of a witness. "The witness, especially in the beginning, carries a larger responsibility for consciousness, as she sits to the side of the movement space. She is not looking at the person moving, she is witnessing, listening, bringing a specific quality of attention or presence to the experience of the mover." "The mover works with eyes closed in order to expand her experience of listening to the deeper levels of her kinesthetic reality. Her task is to respond to a sensation, to an inner impulse, to energy coming from the personal unconscious, the collective unconscious, or the superconscious."
Janet Adler, "Who is the Witness?" Contact Quarterly 1987 Movers allow themselves "to be moved", following whatever impulses arise from the body. "To feel 'I am moving' is to be directed by the ego. To experience 'I am moved' is to know the reality of the unconscious. Ideally, both are present in the same instant....it is a moment of total awareness, the coming together of what I am doing and what is happening to me."
Mary Starks Whitehouse Contact Paula about upcoming workshops or booking a workshop.