Spells of the Sensate: Authentic Movement & Action Theater

With Carolyn Shakti Sadeh & Cass Tunick

January 17, 2020 - 5:00pm to January 20, 2020 - 3:00pm

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Authentic Movement and Action Theater invite movement as sensate experience. The body creates a doorway to feeling, expanded perception, play, and awareness. We witness/express the phenomenon of mercurial energetic currents from an embodied humanity, getting closer to wonder, compassion, and freedom.

This Authentic Movement and Action Theater weekend workshop offers clear invitations to wake up the senses and expose interior landscapes of a moving body. What does it mean to honor the immediacy of sensate experience? To accept the present moment as guide and listen into action and stillness equally? How does imagination move a body or a body move the imagination? We'll explore the radical act of connecting to experience and allow ourselves to be witnessed in the unknown. Throughout the weekend, we'll investigate how to fully express a moment through various somatic modes, employing eyes open and eyes closed, emphasizing the different senses as our teachers, and letting the body speak. If you desire a more intimate relationship to your own movement and sound, this workshop proceeds with gentleness, rigorous listening, and a joyful engagement in conversations with space and time that take place without words (and then sometimes, within a dance of words!).

Open to all backgrounds & levels of experience.

Early Bird Discount ends December 6th.



Our Fees Explained
Our fees are priced on a sliding scale to help allow for a diversity of people to attend. We ask that you please pay at the highest level you can afford:

The Sustainer Rate is for those able to help sustain someone else’s tuition.
The Full Rate is for those comfortably able to pay at cost (what it costs for Earthdance to run this program).
The Subsidized Rate is for those needing financial assistance to attend.

Tuition, Room & Board 
(prices shown include meals and dormitory-style lodging)

Full Workshop 
$395 Early Bird | $420 Regular Sustainer Rate
$340 Early Bird | $365 Regular Full Rate
$290 Early Bird | $320 Regular Subsidized Rate

Housing Options
Commuting: $15 off/night
Camping: $10 off/night (for brave snow people!)

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Cass Tunick performs, writes, and teaches. Her physical theater works play on stages across the U.S. and Europe, and regularly in Estonia. She is a Senior Teacher of Ruth Zaporah’s Action Theater, devoting herself to the practice and development of physical improvisation for the last 30 years. She teaches at Emerson College and leads workshops at the intersection of Aikido/Action Theater with Charles Colten, Sensei in New York. In 2009 she founded Second Nature, a company with Heather Harpham and Danny Tunick, performing extensively for many years in NYC venues. Other theatrical collaborators include InkBoat (Butoh dance), Reflex Ensemble and Active Listening Playground (experimental music & community building), Lake Ivan Productions (video and film), and Abby Bender (dance). She holds an MFA in Writing and Poetics from Naropa University. Her ongoing fascination with the nature of being continues within the daily body, as a vehicle for the mind and imagination to express itself visibly.

Carolyn Shakti Sadeh lives her life as a creative improvisation. She has been practicing and teaching Authentic Movement for nearly 40 years, as well as Action Theater and yoga. In the past 12 years, she has been teaching English as a Second Language to adult immigrants and refugees. Authentic Movement is her root practice and informs all the work she does: the gift of witness and active listening, whether for a student, a friend ,the natural world, or empty space. She holds an MA in movement from Wesleyan and has taught in the 5 colleges and around the world, as well as co -creating a 9 month experiential program in AM with Susan Schell. They also continue to teach together.

photo (top) © Mika Mintz, (bottom) © Danny Tunick