Details Workshops  Friday 19th November 2019 

The Future of Somatics - ISMETA Roundtable Conversation with Elisa Cotroneo

Join with your Somatic Movement colleagues and imagine the future of our emerging profession. This interactive conversation will focus on the topics most relevant to the community.

Potential topics include:
• Creating Collaborative Partnerships
• Expanding recognition of the profession and the good work we do
• Riding the wave of embodiment practices
• Certification of Practitioners
• Accreditation of Schools
• Standards and Competencies

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Elisa Cotroneo is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist and Executive Director of ISMETA. In practice for over 40 years, she has worked extensively within private practice and schools creating workshops, retreats and online courses focusing on creativity, imagination and experiential embodied education. Elisa passion for embodied spirituality has been inspired by many of the somatic pioneers and through her work with indigenous elders from across the Americas, India and Tibet.

Sunday

13:00 - 14:30

Performative Strategies for Artivists: Environmental Protest Work Tiago Gambogi

Drawing on Tiago’s extensive experience in creating and delivering transdisciplinary and artivist projects, participants will investigate compare and create physical and intellectual strategies for ‘breaking the normal’ in sites of eco crisis and conflict. They will look at how to both theorize and create transdisciplinary art/activism ‘artivism’, drawing from diverse disciplines: dance, theatre, clowning, play, anthropology, improvisation and philosophy to create short performances at the end of the workshop.

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Tiago Gambogi is a Brazilian contemporary dancer, actor, clown, pole artist, director, choreographer, artivist, researcher and teacher, working for over 20 years in the UK, Brazil and internationally. His transdisciplinary holistic work encompasses improvisational contemporary dance, clowning, performance art and site-specific art approaches to create a powerful new artistic hybrid form dealing with the performative and the non-performative in pursuit of new creative responses and a dialogue with companies involved in socio-environmental crises.

Sunday

13:00 - 14:30

Moving Voices-Somatics, Identity and Interculturalism with Celia Weiss Bambara & Jana Schmueck

Drawing upon the histories of Anna Halprin, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and Africanist somatic knowledges we will share our adapted tool kit for generating interconnections in movement and making. This workshop would emphasize the artist’s use of decisions to guide the development of improvisational structures and scores that would express a sense of internal democracy generated through trusting the body, listening to others and then responding. We will engage collaborative ways of working in a process-oriented way.

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Celia Weiss Bambara is the artistic director of the CCBdance Project. Her practice based work intersects choreography, improvisation and movement research in contemporary and African diasporic practices through the lenses of inter-culturalism, race, travel, diaspora and translation. She is an assistant professor of dance at UNC Asheville.

Jana Schmueck co-founded Prospect Dance Company with Anne Dietrich. Since 2014 they are artistic directors and founders of TanzART. TanzART is a center for contemporary dance in East Germany, offering classes, workshops, artist in residence programs, performances, and productions with a focus of intercultural and international exchange. As a freelance dancer she performed at festivals in Ludwigshafen, the Centre National de la Danse -CND in Paris, Movimentos, the Ecole des Sables / Senegal and the Festival " Un pas vers avant" Côte d'Ivoire or Via Thea

Sunday

13:00 - 14:30

Embodied Play and Social Justice Work with Rae Johnson

Activism can be draining, challenging, and contentious – often involving engagement in relational fields charged with a history of resentment or despair. Drawing on the work of Fred Donaldson (the developer of Original Play) and Nick Montgomery and Carla Bergman (who co-authored Joyful Militancy), this workshop will explore how embodied play might help us cultivate more interpersonal creativity in our social justice spaces while dissolving the rigidity that can seep into our bodies through this work.

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Rae Johnson, PhD, RSW, RSMT, BCC is a somatic psychotherapist, social worker, and movement therapist whose work focuses on the intersections between embodiment and social justice. Rae chairs the Somatic Studies in Depth Psychology PhD program at Pacifica Graduate Institute in California, and is the author of several books – including Elemental Movement, Knowing in our Bones, and Embodied Social Justice.

Sunday

16:00 - 17:30

Slow Motion with Peter Pleyer

The slow motion moving from rest will allow for expanded physical attention towards yourself, and the others present in the room, the house, the city, the world.

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Peter is a dancer and choreographer living in Berlin, teaching and performing internationally. He is a co-founder of P.O.R.C.H. summer-education program at ponderosa-dance. His most recent performances were with Keith Hennessy and together with Jenniffer Lacy for Antonija Livingstone. Fake Healing was a regular practice during these projects as a warm-up and a deepening of the relationships between the performers, an exercise on beauty.

Sunday

16:00 - 17:30

Begotten Bodies: Greeting Our Ancestors with Aida Curtis

Ancestors live in gesture; in the ways that we shape and bridge to the world; in felt streams of sensation and the stories we construct from those streams. Honoring and reclaiming one’s history are acts of love and resurrection. This practice rises to address the felt experience of colonization, current and historical trauma, environmental destruction, and the imposition of mechanized metaphors upon the body. These painful, systemic forces threaten a collective numbing and forgetting. Ancestral-movement work brings to life an antidote to this amnesia. The group will investigate themes of bodily memory and resilience through dyad and group work founded upon the principles of various somatic practices: including Laban / Bartenieff Movement Analysis, Developmental Movement, and Authentic Movement principles. Educational components from Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing work will facilitate understanding of our more than human ancestors, and how they might inform our present day experience.

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Aida Curtis, CLMA, is an Iranian-American writer, performer and MA candidate in Somatic Psychotherapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. She has conducted research on the presentation of Fear and Femininity in the movement of murder victims in Dario Argento's horror film Suspiria (1977), and presented this research at the European Pop Culture Conference in 2017. Her study of Laban / Bartenieff Movement Analysis and depth psychology have informed her reflections on embodied relationality, intergenerational trauma and intergenerational resilience. Aida currently teaches movement, writes about movement, and is training as a child-centered play-therapist in the UCSF Infant-Parent Program, Early Childhood Mental Health strand.

Sunday

16:00 - 17:30

Men* Touching Men* with David Bloom

Men* Touching Men*

Men*, especially cis-gendered ones, take up a lot of space and hold a lot of power over others in this world. But does “power over” always equal “empowerment”, and is it possible to be an ally to those less privileged from a place of personal groundedness and responsibility rather than apology? Can listening and receiving be sources of strength for men* as well?
This workshop proposes that the way men* relate to each other has a strong effect on the way they relate to others, and that somatic work has an important role to play in offering a safer space to explore tenderness, sensuality, and mutual support between men*, regardless of their gender or orientation.
By men*, we refer to anyone who identifies as a man or who moves along the spectrum of masculinity, e.g. cis-, trans*- and inter*men and non-binary persons. We consider the terms man*, male* and masculine* to be a matter of self-definition, and welcome anyone to this workshop who feels drawn to it.

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David Bloom is a cis-male choreographer, dancer, teacher, father, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, and tea collector. Graduated from the M.A. Choreography course at HZT Berlin. David has taught in many contexts, including HZT Berlin, Tanzquartier Vienna, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Human Architecture Lab in St. Petersburg, K3 in Hamburg, the Masters of Contemporary Dance Education in Frankfurt, the Rietveld Academy for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam, & the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna.
More info at: https://davidbloom.info

Sunday

16:00 - 17:30

Taking Turns with Jane Turner & Timothy Taylor

How does the oscillation between I and we, experienced by an individual participating in shared creative dancing, and reflected in our quantum universe whose atoms are both matter and energy, resonate with philosopher Clément’s notion of syncope? The presentation will be situated within my practice as research into the scientific theory of Complexity as compositional model, and in particular through the Taking Turns project with older people undertaken with Tim Taylor in 2019.

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Jane Turner began her performance career with the Scala Ballet, Barcelona, and has led TURNING WORLDS dance theatre company since 1990, creating performance and participatory projects. Jane’s research focuses on self-organizing systems as performance composition in interdisciplinary contexts. In 2018 this has involved collaboration with the beefriendlytrust, the creation of the CFC Cabaret for the Junction, Cambridge, work with Duckie cabaret producers and choreographer Rosemary Lee, and conference presentations at TaPRA Aberystwyth and PoPMoves, Paris.

Timothy Taylor has broad experience as an interdisciplinary artist. His work crosses different genres of performance including dance, straight drama, musical theatre, comedy-sketch and song recital. He has worked with and for performing arts practitioners including Lucy Bailey, Martha Clarke, Luke Dixon, Matthew Hawkins, Bill T Jones, Michael Keegan-Dolan, Jacky Lansley, David McVicar, Ian Spink, Jane Turner, Ultz, Sian Williams and the Kosh.
Timothy holds a PG Cert in Adult & Community Education obtained at the Institute of Education in 2003, a PG Cert in Performance Innovations at London Metropolitan University in 2010 and an MA in Contemporary Art achieved through practice-based research at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012.

Sunday

18:00 - 19:30

Releasing into Readiness with Eszter Gál

During this workshop the material practiced from the Skinner Releasing Technique will offer an exploratory framework for discovering CI. We will fine tune to our solo bodies, study the moving self with letting go, economy, allowing, and focus on the autonomy of the breath; the volume of the ribcage, then study a few CI basics, to find support, safety while falling. The unfolding CI duets are for cultivating the kinesthetic experiences.

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Eszter Gál (HU) is a dancer, teacher, working at the University of Theater and Film Arts in Budapest, a certified Skinner Releasing Technique teacher on an Introductory and Ongoing level. Creating her artistic work since 1993 and teaching internationally since 1998. She is one of the co-founders of IDOCDE (www.idocde.net), researching documentation of Contemporary Dance Education. Her core interest is somatic-based movement research, improvisation performance and community work for dance education.

Sunday

18:00 - 19:30

Writing Through, Between and Around Somatics with Sarah Whatley

This session will take a critical look at the first ten years of the Journal, Dance and Somatic Practices (JDSP), considering ways in which it has helped to advance body-based writing, influencing and contributing to other areas of dance research and practice. Intended to provide more visibility for practitioners and scholars in the field, and to develop a discourse that is daring, accessible and academically rigorous, this interactive session will explore what next for the Journal.

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Sarah Whatley is Director of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University, UK. Her research focuses on somatics, smart learning environments for dancers, dance and disability, reimagining dance archives and dance documentation. She works often with artists, and experts in other disciplines, including law, anthropology, psychology, digital media and computing science. She is founding Editor of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and sits on the Editorial Boards of several other Journals. 

Sunday

18:00 - 19:30

Dance Movement and Somatics for all Ages with Obrador de Moviments

Dance and somatic approach are 2 central axes we use daily to teach, create and awaken the creative being that is present in each of us. The experience with groups of different ages is a constant well of abundance and inspiration. Having observed points of connection between the groups encouraged us to to create this workshop.
We invite you on a journey through different stages of life, experiencing movement from the imaginary of dance and somatics.

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Sara and Hervé are multifaceted dancers, choreographers and teachers. Sara received her professional training at Institut del Teatre in Barcelona and Hervé at Rudra Bejart School in Lausanne. As of 1995 they share most of their experience as performers in various European companies till they found their own dance ensemble in Bcn.
At present they direct Obrador de Moviments Center with a clear focus on somatic techniques applied to arts of movement and dance. Sara is a Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner and Hervé is currently organizing and following Barcelona V Training Program.

Sunday

18:00 - 19:30

Sunday

20:00 - 21:30

Panel Discussion: Somatic Actvisms: On being human in a world begging for our passion, compassion and action

This panel discussion revolves around the topics of 'Somatic Activism' and 'Critical Somatics' as necessary cultural acts of resistance and healing. With: E.E. Balcos, Funmi Adewole, Glenna Batson, Heike Kuhlman, Martha Eddy, Sandra Reeve and Tiago Gambogi. Moderation: Thomas Kampe

Sunday

20:30 - 22:00

Clitoral Embodiment with Nicole Bindler

The embryology of the genitalia represents an unexplored frontier in Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®). Unlike its embryological corollary, the penis, the clitoris is absent from most illustrated anatomy texts. Clitoral Embodiment remedies the inattention paid to female and non-binary genital development by presenting a framework for embodying multiple potentials for sex and gender expressions through imagery, movement, and embryological study, with an emphasis on invagination over penetration. People of all genders are welcome.

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Nicole Bindler’s performance work and teaching have been presented at festivals and intensives throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Europe, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, Mexico City, and Quito. She has taught at Temple University, University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her writing has been published in Critical Correspondence, Contact Quarterly, Emergency Index, Jewish Currents, BMC® Currents, Curate This, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, Somatics Toolkit, and thINKingDANCE. She currently serves on the Earthdance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Saturday

16:00 - 17:30

To Feel Our Fat: Gifts from the Underbelly with Jules Pashall

We live in a culture obsessed with eradicating fat. Rarely do we come to fat as part of our body that can be explored as a resource. What gets lost to us as movers, artists and healers when we are not in connection with our fat? Using practices and values from somatic psychotherapy, fat activism, disability justice and theatre of the oppressed, this workshop will focus on contacting fat as a source of generative energy.

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Jules Pashall is a white, fat, genderqueer, and Jewish somatic therapist and performance artist currently living in Oakland, California. Jules is completing their master’s degree in Somatic Psychotherapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies and recently published “thank god i’m fat: gifts from the underbelly,” a chapter in Diverse Bodies, Diverse Perspectives: Towards a More Inclusive Somatics, edited by Don Hanlon Johnson. Jules is passionate about individual healing as a tool for collective liberation.

Saturday

16:00 - 17:30

Along the Lines with Eva Karzcag & Bettina Neuhaus

In the lecture/performance ‘Along the lines’, we invite the audience into an interactive encounter. We share personal narratives of seminal experiences that shaped the trajectories of our particular histories and artistic paths. Taking place within the historical context of post-Judson dance, they reflect our individual methodologies, both of which are rooted in our on-going engagement and practice within somatic approaches. Our stories reveal the multi-dimensional nature of our journeys, and a mesh of connections that has allowed inspiration and knowledge to flow between places, people and times.

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Eva Karczag: practices, teaches, and advocates for explorative methods of dance making informed by dance improvisation and mindful body practices. Teaches at major colleges and studios throughout USA, Europe and Australia. Has an MFA (Dance Research Fellow, Bennington College, VT); was on the faculty of European Dance Development Center, Arnhem, Netherlands; certified Alexander Technique teacher. Member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (1979-85); since mid-1980s, functions as an independent dance artist, performing solo and collaborative work internationally.

Bettina Neuhaus: independent dance artist and certified Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) teacher. She has been working internationally in the field of performance for 3 decades, collaborating with dancers, musicians, visual artists, poets and philosophers. Has an MA (Dance Creative Practice) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire London and an MA equivalent (Music/Movement) from Folkwang University of Arts, Essen. Teaches SRT and Instant Composition extensively at major academies and studios across Europe and South America.

Neuhaus and Karczag have been working together for over 10 years on performance projects, lectures and co-teaching workshops.

Saturday

16:00 - 17:30

Be sensual. Be scratchy. Be persistent. Show Up with Andrea Haenggi

This Performance Lecture in form of a Workshop is on the margin of being a Somatic Movement Training and an Academic Paper. Unloved plants we often call weeds will be our guides, mentors, collaborators for expanding somatic movement practice to reach a future of the human that is more-than-human. The training has three somatic practice offshoots entangled with poetic comments from plants that will inform a discussion of theories such as Michael Marder’s philosophy of vegetal life.

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Andrea Haenggi (CH/USA) has a research-based creative practice she calls Ethnochoreobotanography that employs her roles as an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, dancer, embodied scientist, somatic movement educator (CMA/RSMT) and EPA agent. Her sensual-bodily-tough works confront audiences with a world beyond humans.
She is on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York, holds an MFA in Creative Practice from Transart Institute/Plymouth University UK and is a Swiss Canton Solothurn Dance Prize 2008 recipient.

Saturday

18:00 - 19:30

Moving Thought: The hidden choreography governing our lives with Trude Cone

Moving with ‘others’ to distinguish self. There are an increasing number of people world wide that are disconnected, stressed, having immature functional as well as organizational patterns that are stopping them from taking action and dealing with or actually even recognizing the global ethical and ecological crisis that the world is facing. Somatic practices could have more impact if they would incorporate in their work the sequence of early movement vocabulary that forms the foundation for perception, organizing, participation, communication and thinking. What we do is what we pattern. We have more potential than what we are using. I propose that the over emphasis and placement of self is contributing to this disconnect.

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Trude Cone lives in Amsterdam and has worked at the Amsterdam University for the Arts for 40 years. She is a Body Mind Centering practitioner, Neuro Physiological Psychological therapist, and Rhythmical Movement consultant. The last 12 years she is the counselor for students with stress and or functional related organizational problems that are interfering with their studies. She developed a counseling method Moving Thought: the hidden choreography influencing our lives which includes a movement class as well as counseling traject to help get them moving and organizing again. She also teaches workshops in this method for professionals in Europe.

Saturday

18:00 - 19:30

Embodiment in Business, and the Business of the Body with Mark Walsh

How to bring somatics to business and other mainstream groups. Common mistakes to avoid, how to sell somatics, simple embodied business coaching tools, clear language, cross-cultural best practice, marketing for people who hate marketing, etc. A playful, provocative, practical flounce through what works with non-hippies. We’ will also look at the business of embodiment and how to make more money doing what you love. Expect useful stuff, irreverent jokes and probably some swearing, flirting and dead unicorns.

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Mark Walsh has dedicated his life to embodied learning. He founded the Embodied Facilitator Course, Embodied Yoga Principles, The Embodiment Podcast and The Embodiment Conference. He has taught in fifty countries and made embodiment available online through a YouTube channel that has over 13 million hits. He has a degree in psychology, 20 years yoga experience, an aikido black-belt and has trained with various body-mind masters and in various approaches, including Non Violent Communication, body psychotherapy and meditation. His corporate clients have included Ikea, Unilever, L’Oreal, Virgin Atlantic, Shell and The House of Lords. He has also worked with peace and trauma projects in Israel/Palestine, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Brazil, East Africa and with the Sierra Leonian Army.

Saturday

18:00 - 19:30

Extended Somatics and the Digital Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux


This workshop explores movement and media generation (sound, tactile interactivity) through sensortized wearables designed to help the mover experience, enjoy, and examine various proprioceptive and haptic engagements with what we call “kinetic atmospheres” (kimospheres) or augmented environments in which mediums such a video, sound, light, objects and armatures and alive and apprehended. The kinetic atmospheres are physically and sensorially immersive, encouraging diverse modes of embodied “handling”, orienting, interacting and echolocating (this workshop is open to all and welcomes participants with disabilities), but also will give time for movers to reflect on peripheralities, on not seeing or knowing, on different materialities of space and virtual space, and on (not)being/feeling inside oneself. Immersive choreographies imply an active use of such knowledge as can be gained in experimental aural and haptic architectures (if available, VR headsets with virtual landscapes and eco-systems are added to test ideas about “augmented virtuality” and “out of body” experiences). Thus, new and challenging questions arise about the material affect of moving between real + virtual spaces and connecting with environments through intersensory translations.

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Johannes Birringer is a choreographer and media artist; he co-directs the Design and Performance-Lab at Brunel University London where he is a Professor of Performance Technologies in the School of Arts. He has created numerous dance-theatre works, video installations and digital projects in collaboration with artists in Europe, the Americas, China, and Japan, and has taught dance-technology workshops all art venues across the world, including EMPAC (New York), Performance Space (Sidney) and KAIST (Seoul). His digital oratorio Corpo, Carne e Espírito, created with composer Paulo C. Chagas, premiered in Brazil at the FIT Theatre Festival (2008). DAP-Lab’s interactive dance-work Suna no Onna was featured at festivals in London (2007-08); the mixed-reality installation UKIYO went on European tour in 2010. The futurist dance opera for the time being (Victory over the Sun) premiered at Sadler’s Wells in London, 2014. A series of immersive dance installations, metakimospheres, began touring in Europe in 2015-18. His film-concert Sisyphus of the Ear (music by Paulo C. Chagas) premiered in Ufa and Moscow (2016) and has traveled widely, most recently to Beijing, China (October 2018). Ephemeral Edgespace (metakimosphre no. 6), a ritual dance performance-installation, with Haein Song and Claudia Robles Angel, was shown at ISEA 2018 at Durban City Hall, South Africa. He is founder of Interaktionslabor, a media lab located in a disused German coal mine, and has spearheaded new transdisciplinary dance-research projects, including the books Dance and Cognition (2005), Dance and Choreomania (2011), and Things that dance (2019).
Website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/dap



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Michèle Danjoux is a fashion designer, experienced educator and co-director of DAP-Lab (http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/arch.html). Her academic positions have included: Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Fashion and Bodywear at De Montfort University and Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University. Currently she is Research Coordinator at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Danjoux’s artistic interests centre on design through and as performance, and involve collaboration with dancers, choreographers, musicians and media artists. In 2018, Danjoux was awarded a PhD by the London College of Fashion for her investigations into Design in Motion: Choreosonic Wearables in Performance, an interrogation of the interrelations of body, movement, sound and garment in the generation and exploration of “sounding” costumes to be worn in mediatised performance. She has presented her work at international conferences, published in peer-reviewed journals and her designs have been performed at Kibla Multimedijski Centre, Slovenia; MediaLab Prado, Madrid, Spain; Le Cube, Centre Création Numérique, Paris; Watermans Art Centre and Sadler’s Wells, London.

Saturday

18:00 - 19:30

Saturday

20:00 - 21:30

Panel Discussion: 'Building Somatic Communities'

This panel discussion revolves around the topic the building of infrastructures and networks that contribute to making somatic research, education and action possible, accessible and meanigful in various applied contexts.
With: Elisa Cotroneo, Eva Karzcag, Kai Ehrhardt, Dieter Rehberg, Peter Pleyer, Sara Sanguino & Herve Costa ( Obrador de Moviments) and Sarah Whatley. Moderation: Thomas Kampe

Saturday

20:30 - 22:00

Weaving Speculative Fiction with Fascia with Dörte Weig

How is your fascia, your connective tissue, today? The fascial system is made up of many different and fascinating tissue types, and new camera and visualization technologies enable these current discoveries to enter into the public sphere. How can we use this new knowledge to inspire speculative fiction about sustainable human futures? How can awareness of the diversity, viscosity and plasticity of fascial materialities weave us into a culture of somatic human-non-human with-ness?

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Doerte Weig’s fascination is to uncover how the different facets of human physicality relate to socio-political transformation. Doerte has a PhD in social anthropology and experience researching about and with moving-sensing bodies: for example with hunter-gatherers, dancers, movement meditation practitioners, and castellers (builders of human towers). Doerte believes that we cannot think the future of education, work, or future societies without taking into account the sensoriality of our moving bodies.

Sunday

11:00 - 12:30

Somatics & Symmathesy with Sandra Reeve

‘Symmathesy’ is a term coined by Nora Bateson (2016) which describes the process of contextual, mutual learning through interaction that takes place in and between living entities.
Ecological discourses urgently advocate a change of attitude and re-education to shift behaviors. But these discourses do not necessarily reflect on how bodies can be trained to reconnect with a corporeal, embodied sense of themselves as ‘part of’ an interconnected environment rather than as ‘apart’, with a fixed sense of self and attempting to control the environment. In this workshop I propose to introduce ways of moving which address these issues through movement and reflection.

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Sandra Reeve is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK where she completed her doctoral thesis on the Ecological Body. ‘Move into Life’ is her annual programme of autobiographical and environmental movement workshops which stimulate her movement research in complexity thinking, sustainability and performance. She both facilitates and creates small-scale ecological events. She is a movement psychotherapist and supervisor.

Sunday

11:00 - 12:30

Moving/Thinking Otherwise –Towards a Soma-Ethics with Kai Ehrhardt & Thomas Kampe

Join the organisers of Body IQ 2019 (Somatische Akademie Berlin, Bath Spa University) and other colleagues for this roundtable conversation on an emerging somatic ethics inspired by the key topics of the festival. This conversation will encourage us to articulate ethical questions and concerns embedded on our practices. How do we transmit questions towards being in the world through our practices? Do we wish to extend our thinking and doing otherwise towards contemporary discourses outside the somatic realm concerned with bio-ethics or embodiment, to contribute to a ‘somatic ethic’ as ‘a constitutive feature of contemporary bio politics’ (Rose 2008: 48)? What is the meaning of our practices outside of my sheltered studio/laboratory context? Does it need to resonate beyond our local context to find greater value? How do we articulate, test, document and evaluate a soma-ethics as a critical practice?

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Sunday

11:00 - 12:30

Bodily Micro-practices or Reimagining Space with Nathalie Fari

The performative lecture ‘bodily micro-practices’ reflects upon the idea of considering the public space of a city as a ‘third body’, as a ‘skeleton’ surrounded by a porous, malleable and resilient skin that is constantly being shaped by other bodies. By using one’s own body as a medium for experiencing this metaphorical space, the main question is to what extent it can be fully ‘embodied’ by working not only with the somatic principles of sensing, listening, touching and affecting, but also by enhancing an environmental awareness.

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Working across the fields of performative arts, artistic research and somatics, Nathalie Fari's main research focus is in exploring the relationship between the body and space through the notions of site specificity, embodiment, mapping and translation. Having explored several movement practices, from dance to acrobatics, to improvisation, to yoga (she is certified in the ashtanga vinyasa yoga system) and lately conscious dance, Nathalie is currently doing a PhD on the topic of performer training for a site specific performance practice at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.

Sunday

11:00 - 12:30

Human Origami – An Embryological Journey with Glenna Batson & Susan Sentler

Each of us bears the imprint of the other and an-other – something yet unknown and located deeply in our embodiment. Human Origami is a somatic, improvisational movement practice in bodily folding. Co-created by Sentler and Batson, Human Origami explores the Möbius strip of movement that never arrives, nor finishes. The improvisational movement process opens somatic options for freeing the soma from default responses. Here, movers can find multiple pathways of traversing cultures and obliterating boundaries.

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For four decades, Glenna Batson has advanced multi-disciplinary approaches to embodiment studies as catalysts for artistic growth, teaching, performance and wellness. Her scholarly writings and research bridge across multiple disciplines, articulating points of correspondence between dance, somatic movement arts, embodied cognitive science and phenomenology. Professor emeritus of physical therapy (Winston-Salem State University USA) and a Fulbright Senior Specialist, Glenna currently is an independent teacher in dance and somatic education. She co-created Human Origami with Susan Sentler as practice research to support a trans-disciplinary perspective on the performative (www.humanorigami.com). She is the author of Body and Mind in Motion, Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation, and editor/contributor to Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives.

Susan Sentler is a dance artist working as choreographer, teacher, researcher, director, dramaturge and performer. Former member of the Martha Graham Ensemble and senior lecturer with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (18 years), Susan has taught and performed globally for over 30 years. Susan’s multidisciplinary installations speak of a honed somatic relationship to image. She currently is a lecturer in the School of Dance & Theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

Sunday

13:00 - 14:30

Embodying Rhythms and Membranes as Pathways to Social Change

We are predominantly water. Explore healthy rhythms of circulating fluids to be responsive in bodymind. Experience BodyMind Dancing’s Fluid Phrase: moving cellular, lymphatic, blood, cerebrospinal fluid, relating to learning, moods and behavior. Discover the membranes as containers and tougher with fluid play with Laban's concepts of freeing and controlling flow. Access membranes to explore boundaries/borders. Experience permeability as an encounter of flow and resistance in reality and as metaphors for relationships with individuals and groups.

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Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD, advocate of Somatic Movement Education & Therapy, author of Mindful Movement the Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action and published lecturer on neuro-motor development & social justice is founder of BodyMind Dancing. She created the first Somatic Movement Therapy Training (SMTT); SMTT is now rebranded as the Dynamic Embodiment SMT (DE-SMT). Her somatic studies began in the 1970s working directly with Irmgard Bartenieff & Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

Saturday

16:00 - 17:30

Finding Healing with Culture

1. Somatic education philosophy allows the “Dismembering mind-body dualism in pursuit of personal autonomy.” (Xie Qingya Phyllips). Therefore, as dance professionals we need to validate culture and folklore as a somatic tool. 2. Planning and guiding practice with an equity and diversity lens. 3. Exploring trust amplifiers via movement. 4. Expanding the notion of “how” somatic movement looks like...Present a variety of cultural dances that use somatic experience: from Bomba (Dance from Puerto Rico) to Hip Hop.

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Currently, Nadine is the artistic director of her own Dance-Theater company, "Proyecto 3er Espacio" and Director of the Arts at West End House, Boys and Girls Club of America.

Saturday

13:00 - 14:30

Social Stewardship & Sustainability in Somatic Dance with Elder Citizens

Through dancing and discussing together, this lecture-workshop offers insights into the community ensemble ArtRose, whose practice addresses relational, collaborative processes of social exchange, and a cooperatively formed aesthetic experience of dancing. Sourcing from the Feldenkrais Method we address the creative and artistic potentialities of community dance in a horizontal affective realm- negotiating, transforming, and renewing as a self-sustaining ecology. Form is emergent within the field of human relations in a quality of embodied resonance.

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Works as a dance artist for and is professor for contemporary dance at the Palucca University in Dresden. Since 2001 she maintains a private practice as a certified Feldenkrais practitioner. In 2011 she founded the community dance ensemble, ArtRose. Coogan studied at the Juilliard School and is currently a doctoral candidate at Coventry University. Her research investigates the potentialities of somatically informed learning with dance with people of all ages. She is editor of the book: Practicing Dance: A Somatic Orientation.

Saturday

13:00 - 14:30

Be(com)ing The Change We Seek with Gill Wright Miller

How do we mobilize, activate, and organize our theories and materials in service to a more generous cultural practice? This illustrated scholarly presentation will define a three-step process for what I call a Somatic Methodological Praxis, advocating for somatically-informed relationships: (1) an assessment to facilitate the awareness of body-prejudice; (2) an assessment of interactional responses to digest active interpretation; and (3) a yielding of evaluation in order to develop somatic empathy.

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Gill Wright Miller (BFA, MA, PhD) is Professor of Dance at Denison University. Over 40 years, her focus has shifted to somatic experiences inherent in movement and adapting studio research to include precise somatic analysis. Recent work includes editor of Exploring Body-Mind Centering: An Anthology of Experience and Method (2011), featured speaker at the Encontro International de Prácticas Somáticas e Dança (2018), and publishing “Feminism and Somatic Praxis,” in the Companion to Feminist Studies (2019).

Saturday

13:00 - 14:30

Cultivating Biophilic Consciousness with Satu Palokangas

Life evolves and thrives in relationship. How can the understanding of symbiotic, evolutionary strategies further define processes of embodiment? How do groups form and selves thrive as part of nestled ecosystems? Gleaning from my eco-somatic research and utilizing Body-Mind Centering explorations of immune & sub-cellular systems, I wish to share questions, curiosities and eco-somatic approaches for making art and life in the era of climate catastrophe.

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Satu Palokangas (FIN) is a certified Teacher and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, Dynamic Embodiment Practitioner, ISMETA registered Somatic Movement Educator & Therapist and holds MA in Live Art and Performance Studies. She has taught somatic methods since 1997 and currently teaches eco-somatics, embodied anatomy, developmental movement and somatic movement therapy at a Dance Movement Therapy Training in Finland and in the University of the Arts in Helsinki.

Saturday

13:00 - 14:30

Narratives of Embodiment: Decolonializing Dance Histories (Talk), Danced Stories (Workshop) with Funmi Adewole

Funmi Adewole will present a talk and a workshop. The talk, 'Narratives of Embodiment' will argue the decoloniality of dance histories which engage with the embodied experiences of choreographers and dancers using African and diaspora forms. The workshop, 'Dancing stories' will use principles from storytelling - posture, persona, sensory awareness as a starting point for improvised dancing and self exploration.

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Funmi Adewole began her career in performance when she relocated from Nigeria to Britain in the 1990s. She holds a masters degree in Postcolonial Studies from Goldsmiths College and PhD in Dance Studies from De Montfort University where she now lectures. She continues to perform as a storyteller and practice as a dance dramaturge mainly with choreographers who draw from social dance forms or work in a cross disciplinary context.

Saturday

11:00 - 12:30

Radical Presence: Trauma-informed Embodiment with Christa Cocciole

The workshop explores how we and the people we work with can move on from an extreme experience or traumatising event to discover new opportunities within our embodied presence. We will physically experience how our inner and outer movements are connected and how they can become a source of healing and connection.

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Christa weaves her skills as a Dancer and Choreographer into her work as a Body Oriented Systemic Therapist with a specialty in Trauma. Currently she is working in an adult psychiatric clinic in Berlin as well as in her private Practice and teaching Embodiment internationally. She integrates her therapeutic as well as artistic experience and spiritual practice in an approach she coined “Radical Presence – moving with playful compassion”.

Saturday

11:00 - 12:30

Zooming into the Body´s Fractal Dimension with Heike Kuhlmann

"The essence is hidden from the eyes“ Endoscopic video technology makes it possible to see a highly organized, seemingly chaotic fibrillar network that stretches and connects the body all the way into the cells. Following the motto of the little prince, we zoom into this invisible, though tangible inner fluid that constantly reorganizing, absorbing and transmitting structure that gives us shape as well as the possibility to rise from gravity and move in space.

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Dancer, choreographer, SME/SMT(Dipl IBMT), political/visionary being, interested in the intersection of somatics, art and politics, part of the Global Water Dances Performance Collective Berlin since 2010.

Saturday

11:00 - 12:30