Moving Alchemy: Improvisation & Body Systems

with Sara Shelton Mann

May 5, 2016 - 5:00pm - May 8, 2016 - 3:00pm

Our energetic bodies convey deeper-rooted messages than any culture or identity can express. This workshop begins with structured exercises designed to make contact with these messages as they are expressed through the energetic body. As we refine our kinesthetic perception, we begin to perceive messages - the Morse code of our collective body - in the patterning of energy, tissue, and motility. These messages form stories, and these stories form the “performance.” Like many artists who have spent a lifetime in the heart of their craft, Sara believes that the exploration of these stories form a vital collective heritage that transcends the artifact of performance.

"My art is of a piece with my healing work and political engagement: it is meant to reveal and transmit the story of our collective humanity - our potential for excellence, our danger - in a time of global change, chaos, and paradigm shift. It is an antidote to fear, doubt, and greed as the face of who we are." - Sara Shelton Mann

Sara's Movement Alchemy training is an ongoing teaching project influenced by certifications and studies in the metaphysical and healing traditions. We will begin with methods that cultivate chi, and then engage with information received through visual, kinesthetic, and auditory fields. Your intentions give immediate feedback to you and your partner, even before making physical contact. We will explore this in several ways or applications: you receive what you give, you follow what you intend, and you embrace what comes to you. Layers of texture and touch are readable and complex. We will explore pulse points wrapping the periphery into the core; the navel as an informational being; implied direction starting from the skin and moving into the layers of touch; surfaces of the body that implement quality; and space as a partner, both non-local and inwardly directed. We will begin with the feet, hands, and eyes reaching out into the world as gates into how we negotiate the terrain of our awareness.

Tuition, Room & Board (tiered for accessibility)
Professional: $400
Full:                $350
Subsidized:   $300



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Sara Shelton Mann

Sara Shelton Mann has been a choreographer, performer, teacher since 1967. She was a protégé of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Lewis in NYC before moving to Canada where she met Andrew Harwood and fell in love with Contact Improvisation. In 1979 she moved to San Francisco, CA and started the company Contraband as a performance group and research ground combining the principles of contact, systems of the body, and spiritual practice into a unified system of research. Among her awards are a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 6 Isadora Duncan Awards, Djerassi Artist in Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts Artist in Residence, and SF Bay Guardian Goldie Lifetime Achievement Award. Her Movement Alchemy training is an ongoing teaching project and is influenced by certifications and studies in the metaphysical and healing traditions. Sara’s performance work is a platform for collaboration and research in consciousness.

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