Moving's View: EVOLUTIONARY

with Susan Schell, Karen Nelson, and Nancy Stark Smith

May 16, 2016 (All day) to May 22, 2016 (All day)

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Tracing the history and living evolution of forms in and through our own bodies, this workshop dives into and weaves together Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, the Underscore, Tuning Scores, meditation, and other current passions. Each dancer’s body-mind is a map of evolutionary territory no matter where we are on the spectrum of experience. How does a sense of contributing to developing forms live in each of us?

In celebration of Earthdance’s 30th anniversary year in 2016, this six-day intensive restarts a vibrant Earthdance workshop that ran annually from 1998-2005. Now, 11 years later, it brings together the 36-year history shared amongst Moving's View Facilitators, the space of Earthdance, and an evolutionary intimacy with the forms we continue to grow and share.

Moving’s View is open to dancers and movers with some experience in Contact Improvisation and dance making and a deep interest in somatic, inner-life work.

The schedule includes 3 classes, daily Contemplative Dance Practice, jams, video viewings, and discussions.

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First 20 spots are first come first serve; after that is a waiting pool.

Pricing: $765, $715, $665 sliding scale
(includes tuition, room & board)

Commuting: $90 off

Camping: $60 off

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Cancellation Policy 

We can refund half of your deposit if you cancel by March 16th, 2016.
Deposits are non-refundable after March 16th, 2016.

About the classes:

Unimaginable ~ Flow ~ Resonance — with Karen Nelson
This class follows an embodied journey of Contact Improvisation from before it was imaginable thru the discovery of flow and onwards towards resonance. During Unimaginable we attend to the sensations of falling, momentum and reflex in solo and with a partner. In Flow we open to sustaining connection without losing the fresh taste of gravity, autonomy, and “the third thing” that is shared between the partners. With Resonance we expand into space, nurture inner and outer spirals, puzzles of the spine, and using gravity’s kind support to fly. Further enhancing our practice we will use Tuning Scores as a way to compose dances in space.


Under and Over the Underscore —with Nancy Stark Smith
The Underscore is a long-form dance improvisation structure that has been evolving since 1990 and is practiced all over the globe. The form includes contact improvisation and allows for a full spectrum of energetic and physical states, including periods of very small, quiet internal activity and other times of higher energy and interactive dancing. Within the frame of the Underscore, dancers are free to create their own movements, dynamics, and relationships—with themselves, each other, the group, the music, and the environment.

In this class, we’ll use the practice of the Underscore as a vehicle for our dancing experience and for probing fundamental questions about scores, structures, and forms—how they contain, focus, and direct practice, and how they evolve. What essential principles and assumptions underlie the Underscore, where is it pointing us, and how does our practice of the Underscore contribute to its evolution? What impact do our choices have—as individuals and communities—in the way forms live over time?


Bigger than the Body —with Susan Schell
As movers, we will begin with the bare bones that support the form of Authentic Movement: connection to self, sensation, imagination, memory, and perception. We will also be deepening our experience of what it is to hold the space, both within us as well as outside our physical bodies as we witness one another. At first glance, we are often most aware of what occupies the space — the people, walls, floor, etc., and less aware of the space that is surrounding and infusing everything. In our seemingly concrete world, it is unusual to register the fact that what appears as “object” is predominantly “space.” To recognize that space does not belong to anyone yet fills ALL, can provide us with an experience of space as the connective tissue, the unifying element between the visible and invisible, form and essence, that which is holding us. Through time an intimacy grows, a balance between “knowing” and “not knowing” that can bring us to the threshold of the unexpected.
 

Event image by Susan Schell