SEEDS 2010

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July 9, 2010 - 5:00pm - July 18, 2010 - 3:00pm
SEEDS is an interdisciplinary arts and ecology festival gathering artists, scientists, community activists, spiritual leaders, permaculture practitioners, and more, for a ten-day festival of workshops, residencies, performances, discussions, and artistic investigations, forming a unique and vital organism. Faced with how to live on a planet in crisis, SEEDS proposes that the unique intelligence of embodiment can create new approaches for our understanding of ecology and nurturing the earth.

Photo: Karen Schaffman

Schedule of Events
See descriptions below.

Arrival Friday Afternoon/Evening
 

Friday 7/9
Saturday 7/10
Sunday 7/11
   Extending the Comfort Zone - Benoît LaChambre
Arrival
Performance
Eco Dinner & Jam
Monday 7/12
Tuesday 7/13
Wednesday 7/14
Thursday 7/15
Friday 7/16
Saturday 7/17
   Weathering - K.J. Holmes - Morning Sessions
Eden Arising - Dave Jacke

SEEDS
Community Day


Departure Sunday Morning (7/18)

   Soft Building - Pedro Alejandro - Afternoon Sessions

   SEEDS Research Project - Morning or Afternoon or Both

Film Night
Artists Panel
Film Night
Panel Discussion
PineCones - K.J. Holmes

July 9–18 Butoh Ritual Mexicano Dance with Diego Pinon
A creative research practice based around personal experiences, collective symbols, and deep expressive needs. Intense physical training cultivates individual creativity through the use of emotional environments and energetnic charges within a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere. Together, each individual reinforces the exchange and expansion of collective energy in order to realize a communal dance creation.

July 9–11 Extending the Comfort Zone with Benoit Lachambre
Through extended exercises Benoît Lachambre offers methods of awakening for the body. This leaves individuals free to follow their own aesthetics as they deepen their alignment and sensorial awareness. The goal is to pursue an awakened spirit and the shifting relationships with self, and to encourage self-reflection on the experience of awareness.

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Midweek: You have options! For this four-day mini-festival, you can sign up for all of the workshops and do a research project in your spare time, you can sign up for one workshop and use the rest of the day for a project, or you can spend these four days immersed in the Research Project—we leave it up to you.


July 12–15 (10am-1pm) Weathering with K.J. Holmes
The body is the soil of our thoughts and imaginations. This workshop will devise the use of somatic explorations through the lens of Body-Mind Centering ® and improvisational dance tunings to discover, enrich, and explore how we are landscapes for our ideas. The workshop will be supportive and challenging—to embody our experiential knowledge with the uncertainty of what has yet to appear, manifesting trust in the unknown. We will spend time inside and outside.

July 12–15 (3pm-6pm) Soft Body/Soft Terrain (Open Artist's Project) with Pedro Alejandro
The eco-imagination is the gateway, if not the destination, of our creative powers in movement making and place-making. The “soft body” creates inroads from streams of sensations/perceptions to tap the eco-imagination and expand the pleasures of the performative body everywhere.

July 12-15 SEEDS Research Project
During this four-day mini-festival, we invite you to create a SEEDS Research Project of your own design. For the Research Project, you are welcome to come with an idea fully developed, or arrive and see what grows from being amid the rich landscape of SEEDS @ Earthdance. You may meet others at SEEDS with whom you would like to collaborate or attend with a collaborator of your choosing. Through the SEEDS Research Project, we are fostering eco-somatic experiments to develop through the festival.

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July 16 Eden Arising: Ecological Design as a Spiritual Practice with Dave Jacke
Essentially, the goal of ecological design is to recreate the Garden of Eden—and why not? It is technically quite feasible in this age of high technology and information to create food-producing ecosystems that work like healthy natural systems with minimal maintenance and diverse yields.

July 16–17 (overnight event) K.J. Holmes: Pinecones
All creations pass through a time of being in the dark. It is the time of dreams, illusions, and magic. This evening into the morning event will be a guided physical meditation into the chimerical nature of dance. We will end the day and begin a new one together as we shift our relationship to time and composing space, creating and entering a theater of our own design.

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SEEDS EVENTS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC:
$7 to $10 suggested donation unless otherwise indicated; meals $10.
Free to SEEDS festival attendees. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Saturday July 10, 8 pm
Performance. Benoît Lachambre (Montreal) plus special guest performers

Sunday July 11, 6 & 8 pm
ECO Dinner. Delicious recipes by Leslie Cerier, author of Going Wild in the Kitchen
ECO Jam. Atmosphere et Musique to dance to with Ali Skalli

Monday July 12, 8 pm
Film Screening. Vanishing of the Bees—tracking the mysterious disappearance of honeybees across the planet.

Tuesday July 13, 8 pm FREE!
Panel discussion. SEEDS Artists-in-Residence, including dancemakers, somatics specialists, a landscape architect, and permaculturists.

Wednesday July 14, 8 pm
Film Screening. Four Women in a Tree—four successive generations of women choreographers and their influence on one another: Anna Halprin, Simone Forti, Pooh Kaye, Jennifer Monson.

Thursday July 15, 8 pm FREE!
Discussion. Paying Attention: The interdisciplinary weave of awareness in the practices of Permaculture, Contact Improvisation, and Body-Mind Centering. Just Manocchia, organizer.

Friday July 16, Please register for this event at contact@earthdance.net.
SEEDS Special Dance Sleepover Event: PineCones with K.J. Holmes ($125)

Saturday July 17, 10 am to 10 pm, $10 - $25, donations accepted + $10 per meal
SEEDS Festival Community Day
(see detailed descriptions below!)
All day: Green m-Art: Crafts Fair and Sustainability Info Swap
10 am to noon: BioZone Walk with Gopi Krishna. Kid-friendly!
Noon to 1 pm: SEEDS Research Projects: discussion and performance.
1 to 3 pm Lunch Rest & Digest. Enjoy the Green m-Art crafts fair and Info Swap.
3 to 4:30 pm Community Sing: Songs for the Earth with Penny Schultz. All ages!
4:30 to 6 pm SEEDS Research Projects: discussion and performance.
6 pm Dinner & Discourse. Eat our delicious locally grown food and network.
8 pm Body Cartography Participatory Performance. Explore the land with group instruction.

Friday, July 16, 2010

Photo: Dave Jacke teaching, photo courtesy of http://artmeetsearth.org

Eden Arising: Ecological Design as a Spiritual Practice
Essentially, the goal of ecological design is to recreate the Garden of Eden—and why not? It is technically quite feasible in this age of high technology and information to create food-producing ecosystems that work like healthy natural systems with minimal maintenance and diverse yields. Yet, this is also a spiritual quest. Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden after eating the fruit from the Tree of Knowledge and realizing their separateness from the One. Yet, they lived unselfconsciously there in the Garden, like children, dependent on the Garden's beneficence. What would a healthy, functional, adult relationship to God/Goddess/Nature look like? How can the practice of ecological design teach us how to see, how to act, and who we really are in our New Eden? We will explore these questions together, finding our questions and answers within ourselves and in our shared circle.

Dave Jacke, primary author of the award winning two-volume book Edible Forest Gardens , has studied ecology and design since the 1970s, and has run his own design firm—Dynamics Ecological Design—since 1984. Dave is an engaging and passionate teacher of ecological design and permaculture. He has designed, built, and planted landscapes, homes, farms, and communities in the many parts of the United States, as well as overseas. A cofounder of Land Trust at Gap Mountain in Jaffrey, NH, he homesteaded there for a number of years. He holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Simon's Rock College and a M.A. in Landscape Design from the Conway School of Landscape Design.

This workshop is a part of the SEEDS Festival. In addition to the workshop, you are invited to attend evening performances, discussions, jams, and films during the timeframe of your workshop. You are also welcome to register for other SEEDS workshops (see the Schedule) and to participate in the Saturday Community Day.

 

"Gulf Oil Spill Crawl" Somatic Action. Crawling through the Farmhouse at the SEEDS festival 2010. Photo © Pooh Kaye.

Tuesdays, June 2011
6:30-9pm

Join Composing While Dancing: An Improviser's Companion author Melinda Buckwalter in a SEEDS (Somatic Experiments in Earth, Dance + Science) artist residency at Earthdance. In Solo Sessions, we will work in the space as a group on our solo improvisation strategies. Then, we'll watch each other; we'll learn and incorporate new technologies by seeing others' strategies in motion. We will work both indoors and out in preparation for June 25, Global Water Dances day (http://www.globalwaterdances.org/), on which dances will take place around the world to raise awareness about water resources. Our participation in Global Water Dances (optional) will include a “somatic action” and solo improvisation at a public site along the Connecticut River.

Description of a Somatic Action by Melinda Buckwalter

"I did what I am referring to as a 'somatic action' last summer at the SEEDS (Somatic Experiments in Earth, Dance + Science) festival around water. It was during the gushing phase of the Gulf of Mexico oil crisis. I crawled for three hours on an “information gathering” expedition focused on the crisis. There were three workshops going on, so I crawled in and out of the activities. People joined in at times. For an hour or so, I carried a log on my back, which kept slipping off. My score became that I had to reposition it without using my hands. As this went on, I realized that putting the equipment in place underwater to cap the well could be a somewhat clumsy operation. So, through the somatic action, there is some kind of “empathetic participation” is how I think of it. Perhaps one might describe it as shamanic in nature.

"One of the SEEDS workshop participants had shared the author of The True Power of Water Masuru Emoto's prayer to water: Forgive us, We're sorry, Thank you, We love you. In Emoto's book, he shows pictures of water that have been treated with hado or the vibrations of various words. His method seems to have some similarity to homeopathy, in which water is vibrationally imprinted with the active components of a drug (see Vibrational Medicine by Richard Gerber, M.D.). Saying Emoto's prayer as I crawled, I repeated and repented and sang to myself, contemplating the cleansing power of water figuratively, historically, biologically, physiologically. Would the water molecules of Plainfield, Mass. hear me? Would they respond by repeating the vibration to their fellow molecules of the Gulf? As it turned out, it was the day that they successfully capped the oil well! It created connection for me to a situation that felt hopeless and overwhelming.

"There is some corroboration for this feeling of connection through process: I heard in a radio interview that victims of abduction were found to have less post traumatic stress than their passive counterparts if they “did” something to escape, even if it was fruitless. For example, a little girl who tried to dig her way out of a subterranean pit, though unsuccessful, fared better psychologically than others who hadn't. A real little girl, abducted and stuck in a hole. Like Alice in Wonderland, she met the Somatic Rabbit in the nick of time. I believe that bringing the soma into environmental and social activism—in the great tradition of nonviolent protesters like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr.—would be of benefit to humankind as we face the terrible consequences of our collective thoughtlessness."

Melinda Buckwalter is coeditor of Contact Quarterly, the dance and improvisation journal, and is a co-curator of SEEDS, an arts and ecology festival. She lives in Cummington, MA.

Diego Piñon, photo courtesy of the artist

July 9th (Friday evening) to July 18th (Sunday Morning)
*Canceled

Diego Piñon's Butoh Ritual Mexicano Dance is a creative research practice based around personal experiences, collective symbols, and deep expressive needs. Intense physical training cultivates individual creativity through the use of emotional environments and energetic charges within a supportive, non-judgmental atmosphere. Together, each individual reinforces the exchange and expansion of collective energy in order to realize a communal dance creation.

Diego Piñon's unique approach to dance, Butoh Ritual Mexicano, incorporates more than 25 years research in Mexican engergetic traditions, Japanese butoh, ritual dance, therapeutic body practices, Modern dance, and contemporary theater. Diego has enjoyed years of solo performance and commissions to direct professional dance ensembles and theater companies in the U.S., Europe, and Mexico. He leads intensive workshops in Mexico and additional workshops, classes, lectures, and performances throughout North America. www.diegopinon.com

This workshop is a part of the SEEDS Festival. In addition to the workshop, you are also invited to attend evening performances, discussions, jams, and films as well as the Saturday Community Day as part of your participation.

Benoit Lachambre's FORGERIES, LOVE AND OTHER MATTERS photo © Chris Van der Burght

Extending the comfort zone with Benoît Lachambre

July 9th (Friday evening) to July 11th (Sunday evening)

Through extended exercises Benoît Lachambre offers methods of awakening for the body. This leaves individuals free to follow their own aesthetics as they deepen their alignment and sensorial awareness. The goal is to pursue an awakened spirit and the shifting relationships with self, and to encourage self-reflection on the experience of awareness. While performance skill is important, the aim is an awakening of the body through the necessary application of accurate and non-superfluous effort. This process offers the simultaneous opening and recognition of inner and outer movement dynamics. This holistic embrace of movement patterns permits multiple variations in reorganizing the body in its own creative definition.

Biography
A daring and innovative artist, Benoît Lachambre has been evolving in the international dance community for more than twenty-nine years as choreographer, dancer, improviser, and teacher. He has devoted himself to an exploratory approach of movement and its sources, and to seeking authenticity of motion, offering workshops based on research, improvisation, and body consciousness. In 1996, Lachambre created his company Par B.L.eux , devoted to contemporary and interdisciplinary choreographic creation in close connection with an international network of artists. His dance is based on dynamic exchanges made up of the coming together of various artistic processes and concepts. Comfortable passing from metaphor, to theory, to diverse practices, Lachambre transforms eclecticism into a multiplication of complementary activities. He seeks to incorporate the dynamics of communication and perception in his process.

This workshop is a part of the SEEDS Festival. In addition to the workshop, you are invited to attend evening performances, discussions, jams, and films during the timeframe of your workshop. You are also welcome to register for other SEEDS workshops (see the Schedule) and to participate in the Saturday Community Day.

Photo by K.J. Holmes

Overnight Event: July 16 (Friday) – July 17 (Saturday)

PineCones

All creations pass through a time of being in the dark. It is the time of dreams, illusions, and magic. This evening into the morning event will be a guided physical meditation into the chimerical nature of dance. We will end the day and begin a new one together as we shift our relationship to time and composing space, creating and entering a theater of our own design.

K.J. Holmes is an independent dance artist, singer, and actor exploring improvisation as process and performance since 1981. Her influences include Contact Improvisation, BMC®, Yoga, Authentic Movement, Release techniques, Martial Dance, world vocal studies, and contemporary dance and theater. She teaches and performs throughout the world and has collaborated with Simone Forti, Image Lab, and Steve Paxton, among many others. K.J. is a 1999 graduate of the School for Body-Mind Centering® and has a private practice in Dynamic Alignment and Re-integration in Brooklyn, NY, where she lives. She is adjunct faculty at NYU/Experimental Theater Wing, and continues to teach through Movement Research. She finished a two-year acting training in the Sanford Meisner technique at the William Esper Studio in NYC in 2009, and is currently developing an evening length piece This is where we are (or take arms against a sea of troubles), which looks at where linguistics and the body meet.

This workshop is a part of the SEEDS Festival. In addition to the workshop, you are invited to attend evening performances, discussions, jams, and films during the timeframe of your workshop. You are also welcome to register for other SEEDS workshops (see the Schedule) and to participate in the Saturday Community Day.

SEEDS Mid-Week Research Project and
Workshops
with K.J. Holmes and
Pedro Alejandro

July 12th (Monday) to July 15th (Thursday)

You have options! For this four-day mini-festival, you can sign up for all of the workshops and do a research project in your spare time, you can sign up for one workshop and use the rest of the day for a project, or you can spend these four days immersed in the Research Project—we leave it up to you.

K.J. Holmes: Weathering
10am to 1pm
The body is the soil of our thoughts and imaginations. This workshop will devise the use of somatic explorations through the lens of Body-Mind Centering ® and improvisational dance tunings to discover, enrich, and explore how we are landscapes for our ideas. The workshop will be supportive and challenging—to embody our experiential knowledge with the uncertainty of what has yet to appear, manifesting trust in the unknown. We will spend time inside and outside.

 

 

SEEDS Research Project
During this four-day mini-festival, we invite you to create a SEEDS Research Project of your own design. For the Research Project, you are welcome to come with an idea fully developed, or arrive and see what grows from being amid the rich landscape of SEEDS @ Earthdance. You may meet others at SEEDS with whom you would like to collaborate or attend with a collaborator of your choosing. Through the SEEDS Research Project, we are fostering eco-somatic experiments to develop through the festival.

If you like, you can present your research on Saturday, July 18 during the SEEDS Community Day, a full day and night of presentations/performances/workshops, plus a green m-art, offered by the SEEDS artists and participants. It is a low-fee public event for regional folks to experience the fruits of the festival as well as a culmination for festival attendees.

Pedro Alejandro: Soft Body/Soft Terrain (Open Artist's Project)
3pm to 6pm

The eco-imagination is the gateway, if not the destination, of our creative powers in movement making and place-making. The “soft body” creates inroads from streams of sensations/perceptions to tap the eco-imagination and expand the pleasures of the performative body everywhere. This open artist's dance-making project includes a soft sculptural/architecture outdoor component-building with mud, straw, sand, as well as scavenged earth materials-and a site-specific movement/performance component that includes an indoor/outdoor “threshold practice” of the soft body. Threshold practice includes embodiment of skills/pleasures to ensemble oneself with others in making at large. No previous dance-making experience necessary, just a willingness to make space to discover new inroads for shaping performance; to define and upscale a self-study of the soft-space in continuity; AND a willingness and desire to get muddy and dirty while dancing.


K.J. Holmes is an independent dance artist, singer, and actor exploring improvisation as process and performance since 1981. Her influences include Contact Improvisation, BMC®, Yoga, Authentic Movement, Release techniques, Martial Dance, world vocal studies, and contemporary dance and theater. She teaches and performs throughout the world and has collaborated with Simone Forti, Image Lab, and Steve Paxton, among many others. K.J. is a 1999 graduate of the School for Body-Mind Centering® and has a private practice in Dynamic Alignment and Re-integration in Brooklyn, NY, where she lives. She is adjunct faculty at NYU/Experimental Theater Wing, and continues to teach through Movement Research. She finished a two-year acting training in the Sanford Meisner technique at the William Esper Studio in NYC in 2009, and is currently developing an evening length piece This is where we are (or take arms against a sea of troubles) , which looks at where language and the body meet.

Pedro Alejandro has a longstanding history of creating mixed-media and sited performance. He attended Cornell University where he received a B.S from the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. His dances and videodances have been seen in experimental and at large venues, including the International Festival of Arts & Ideas (New Haven, CT); EDANCO (DR); MOMA (Chicago), AFEST/Nippon Kan Theater, (Seattle,WA); HERE & Dixon Place (NYC). He is the 2009 recipient of the New Haven Arts Council "Enduring Spirit" award, which recognizes him among other things as an “ascendant visionary.” Pedro currently teaches dance ethnography, composition, technique, and site-specific performance at Wesleyan and collaborates with scenic designers, visual and music artists, making performances that explore the meaning(s) of strange beauty in unusual places.


These workshops are a part of the SEEDS Festival. In addition to the workshop, you are invited to attend evening performances, discussions, jams, and films during the timeframe of your workshop. You are also welcome to register for other SEEDS workshops (see the Schedule) and to participate in the Saturday Community Day.

 

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