Reflection in Movement Bodies Power and Society
SomaticsLab, Uwe Jaschke
& Felix Arend
16:30 - 18:00
In our workshop & lecture we will look at the formation of bodies within contemporary society as an intersection of power-knowledge-practices. From a theoretical standpoint we will mainly draw from the works of Michel Foucault as well as a phenomenological perspective as basic framework. This we will translate into experiential movement situations, partnering-work, play and improvisation to enable sensitive contact with the material and invite embodied understanding of power as crucial reality of one's self and the collective bodies. At its heart we ask the participants and ourselves how we can find a playful attitude within and towards power-relations. The workshop will be held in an open format where we will adapt to the needs and circumstances of the participants. After practice we will invite to talk about the experiences and possibly will offer to give a lecture on the topic.
Our intention beyond the personal experiences of the particapants is to contextualise power-body-relations as a fundamental perspective for somatic approaches, to further inquiry into critical somatics and to provide tools, strategies and vocabulary for how to recognise, resist, subvert or twist existing power-relations.
SomaticsLab in Dresden, Germany is a space for training in awareness and movement. It serves as an ongoing research-practice facilitating the study and application of embodiment and development of healthy and sustainable learning environments. This is based on an interdisciplinary approach merging theory and practice that includes works in sciences, arts, philosophy and the fields of somatics and movement.
Uwe Jaschke works as Feldenkrais-Practitioner (FVD), Facilitator and Trainer for embodied practices. He is active in the field of somatics since 10+ years. With a background as M.Sc. he also coordinates an international network of scientists based in the field of researching somatic practices. He is the founder of SomaticsLab, a space for training in awareness and movement, that serves as an ongoing research-practice facilitating the study and application of embodiment and development of healthy and sustainable learning environments.
In the SomaticsLab he focuses on the topic „nature and knowledge“, creating learning experiences to explore nature through the exploration of the body.
Felix Arend is a somatic movement practitioner who works as facilitator and trainer for embodied practices. He is a trained dance and movement educator and brings in over 10 years of experience in different movement fields. He has a background in philosophy and is currently receiving education as a Feldenkrais Practitioner. In his biography he came in contact with trauma which became a catalyst for healing processes and a re-orientation towards movement and embodiment.
He is co-founder of SomaticsLab where he focuses his research on the topic of "power and body" in relation to a diverse movement practice.