MovementLab class: 3Bodies
This movement class is open to all experience levels in dance and other somatic practices. The purpose of the class is to use different tools to work with the physical body, mental/emotional body, and spirit with the hopes of creating unity in the individual and recognizing our relationship to other.
Movement/dance: tones the organism and brings awareness of organism in space.
Elemental world: relating to the elemental world helps us relate to our surroundings
Study of other plants and animals / natural world : to understand our connectivity
Objects/props: for tactile and visual comprehension
Music: to connect to vibrational world in and around us, rhythm and flow to move energies in us and with each other
Creative Journaling: freeform drawing or writing at the conclusion of class for processing and group circle for sharing
Self-massage self/care: positive touch for a tactile connection to physical and energetic existence
Freeform dance: moving meditation, moving from intuition, less doing more observing body in response to music, surroundings, mood/emotional state, others.
Dance Jam (mindful freeform dance)
- helps develop and refine the awareness of our own movement style
- deepens our understanding of our anatomical and kinetic body
- helps us learn how to interact and adapt in different environments dancing for fun and in performance
- enhances our spatial relationship with others and the impact of those interactions
- helps us learn how to heal physically and emotionally through movement and state of mind
- moving from our intuitive self our thinking mind can take the role of observer
Check out some of my playlists on SoundCloud to get an idea….
MOVEMENTLAB CLASS AND DANCE JAM WILL BE HELD ONLINE THURSDAYS 7pm (MDT) THROUGH THIS HEALTH CRISIS. SIGN UP HERE.
Ankoku Butoh is a dance, movement and theatrical art form invented in the 1960’s by Japanese choreographers and dancer-philosophers Tatsumi Hijikata and Kazuo Ohno meaning “The dance of absolute darkness.” Butoh, in its inception incorporated shamanism, expressive movement, investigation of our assumptions, humor, living with nature and being in this world as human animals. Every butoh dancer spawns a new form of butoh. That notwithstanding, there are principles of approaching movement from a butoh perspective: Investigation of movement, pushing beyond perceived boundaries, building agility and flexibility, building perceptive abilities, and recognizing the presence of ourselves and others, ultimately going beyond human form.
One of my teachers, who performed in Hijikata’s company said to me once, “Everything is butoh.” Something akin to everything having a buddha nature. So we watch for the intrinsic nature in everything; in our bodies and movements, in form and formlessness, in light and shadow. Butoh stands apart from the obvious, and says, “I am here, now. Who am I?”
We will work with sensitivity, impressions, Noguchi Taiso exercises, imagination-narrative, articulation and butoh-fu (choreographic notation and journaling).
Walking toward a distant star, through a vat of honey.
Tugging a taught string, attached to each others’ third eyes.
Waiting in waves, waving at passing trains, becoming dry grass.
Experiences drawn from the Hijikata and Ohno lineages.
Solo and group work.
Location and Pre-registration here:
coming soon to Taos NM
“My profession is the business of human rehabilitation, which goes today by the name of dancer… All the power of civilized morality, hand in hand with the capitalist economic system and its political institutions, is utterly opposed to using the body simply for the purpose, means, or tool of pleasure. Still more, to a production-oriented society, the aimless use of the body, which I call dance, is a deadly enemy which must be taboo.”
― Tatsumi Hijikata