The SPINE as (re-)source for the dancing and the dances
with Lily Kiara & guest teacher Laressa Dickey

We’ll tune into the spine to enter into differentiation and wholeness in our moving. How can we use the structure and the function of the spine as well as imagery within the spine as ways to enter our dancing bodies? How can we from there create articulate, lively dances and connect to time and to each other? How does the spine promote inclusiveness?

Where: BAU Studio, Entrepotdok 4, 1018 AD Amsterdam, The Netherlands

When: 12-16 August 2019, 11:00-17:00

Deadline for applications: 30 July 2019

Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) supports the coming together of dance technique and the creative process simultaneously through the use of imagery, designed to enhance expansion and strength with efficiency and ease. Tuning in and expanding.

The spine particularly offers many insights, directions and openings that are stimulating to embody technical work and to create (instant) dances. We’ll be making connections throughout the whole workshop between how it works in the dancing self and how we make dances, or how dances are evolving through the spine, as we are being moved by it.

SRT is at the source of what has come to be known under the name ‘Release Technique’. It is different from it though in several ways. you can read more extensively about it on this page: SRT

Through the approach of craniosacral work, we’ll look at how the spine was formed in its early embryological development, specifically including primitive structures that no longer exist in their original form but that remain in the body’s story. These parts continue to speak across time, through time, or underneath our own present timing.

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle form of bodywork that originates from Osteopathic practice. It holds that the Health of the body is always present in the patient, and that the role of the practitioner is to support the whole Health through gentle and informed touch. The craniosacral fluid fluctuates around the brain and spinal cord in several rhythms, in fact, there are rhythms within rhythms. We will work with these principles in the dancing and in the being.

We include the practice and generosity of witnessing, watching and being watched, seeing and being seen. How does being seen supports and affect our dance?

Writing will be part of our practise and play, as another way to tune into the subconscious, to reveal, to release, sometimes to remember and in other moments to forget (for-get). Releasing into writing into releasing writing. How does physically working with imagery affect our imagination when we write?

Laressa Dickey (USA, Malmö) and Lily Kiara (NL, Amsterdam) first met in Berlin in 2010. They gradually became more acquainted with each others work and continued meeting and exchanging, in poetry, songs and dance. They started performing reading-concerts in 2014, with poetry by Laressa Dickey and folk pop songs by Lily Kiara. Throughout the years they developed a sharing practise also including dance and somatic work, through Improvisation, Skinner Releasing Technique, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Poetry as well as a shared training Amerta Movement, with Suprapto Suryodarmo in Indonesia.

If you wish to join, please send a mail to Lily Kiara
Deadline for signing up is 30 July.

It is very helpful if you confirm in time by payment or by staying in touch about it, otherwise you loose your place or the workshop might be cancelled because we don’t know in time that people are planning to come. So if you are interested, please register in time and be clear about your participation and registration. It helps these independently set up workshops to be possible. It is very much appreciated! Thank you! Preference is given to participants who commit to coming for the whole workshop. Please send me a few lines of your previous experience. Details for further registration you can find below.

To make your registration complete, you can wire €280 to the account below.
If you cancel up until 10 days before the workshop, €60 administration costs will be kept. If you cancel after that, there will be no refund. You will receive a receipt on the first day. If the workshop is cancelled, you will get the full amount return. If you need other ways of payment, please let me know. If you just communicate about it in time, it is usually fine.

Account (please note the different name!):
IBAN: NL47 INGB 000 349 1465
account name: A.M. Venendaal, Amsterdam, NL

Costs for participants: €280

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