Kinespheric Forms and Materials
& Catalina Hernandez-Cabal
16:30 - 18:00
Our somatic present requires accountability about the entanglements bodies-spaces. Our bodies create spaces—they are space. Physical and social spaces are constantly expanding and contracting, opening and closing. Thus, somatic practices need attunement to how our forms of embodiment and our kinesphere’s expansion/contraction contribute to shaping social spaces. What bodies are excluded from the spaces emerging from this dialogic movement? Which hierarchies result from these exclusions/inclusions?
Thus, for Body IQ we propose a workshop sharing our research and teaching of embodied practices that connect us to our responsibility in the dynamics of inclusion-exclusion and help us navigate these tensions according to our needs. We will explore how our vital spaces meet others’ by attending to our kinespheres’ choreographies of avoidance or creative meetings. We will also practice expanding our bodies to claim more space when needed, while remaining open to being affected by others. This workshop foregrounds the importance of acknowledging our kinesphere’s multiple forms, materialities, and their functioning as social spaces. To reflect on these issues, whether through online or in-person, we offer “Somatic conceptual games” (digital games and scores) and pedagogic resources for a material study of our kinespheres while engaging with the tensions of social distancing.
MovEncounters is our way to exist as a long-term improvisational duet, experimenting with different sensitivities, proximity, multiple approaches of thinking, and making. In our duet, we have focused on the richness of meeting each other, and understand encounters as a creative practice. We believe that it is in encounters, where our vision of the world comes alive, becomes actions, and constructs spaces.
Catalina Hernandez-Cabal Colombian-American artist, movement researcher and educator. Her work focuses on embodied and interdisciplinary creative explorations of difference, and their connection to learning and political action.
Natalia Espinel, Colombian artist and educator, who works at the intersection of visual arts, performance, somatic practices and movement improvisation. Her projects unfold from shared forces of resistance and resilience by creating encounter zones that allow the experimentation of a collective body.