Long Table Body IQ
20:00 - 22:00
The Long Table is a format devised by Lois Weaver as an alternative to Panel Discussions at events/conference to democratise conversation and expertise. For me at these events, its often very full of content and its nice to have a pause to process some of what is happening for and in people . This format invites conversation around any topics including difficult ones, it breaks down institutional barriers for knowledge and cultivates community. There is a physical set up with a table around which a number of chairs around that is a circle of chairs for everyone. When someone wants to speak, they come to the table. One chair always has to be empty and the tablecloth is paper so can be drawn/written on. According to Lois "Everyone in the room has the power (and imperative, with the communal interest for a more satisfying discussion) to shift the direction of conversation, to mediate moments of tension and to make space for voices less easily heard." There are rules of engagement that are simple and lay the groundwork for participation and access. Its a really good format for a somatic event "while celebrating the potential for new forms of knowledge-making and -sharing." I've also added a body base intro before the conversation begins. See also https://split-britches.squarespace.com/long-table
Colleen Bartley has Dance and Education degree from Swarthmore College (1996) and a diploma in Community Dance from Laban (1999) and years of experience with Somatic Education (since 1994) worked directly with most of the founders of Contact Improvisation. She’s been influenced by teachers of contemporary and post-modern dance, experiential anatomy with Gary Carter and Caryn McHose, Authentic Movement with Susan Schell, Improvisation & Composition (Tuning Scores with Lisa Nelson, The Underscore with Nancy Stark Smith, Ensemble Thinking with Nina Martin) and is very active in dancing, organizing, writing about and documenting dance. She has an invisible disability which informs her practice as a teacher and an artist and the communities she engages with. She believes that its everyone’s birth right to move, that people are inherently creative, movement is our first language, and sees dance as a way to empower people, to effect social change and to build community.