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Robert SteijnTarot Technique
a danced meditation
Dance can be a tool to dive into our subconsciousness, to discover female and masculine energies in our bodies, to decide if you must take action or you must go with the flow, and how much you can rely on the powers inside (as sexuality and creativity) and around you (belief in your possible position in society).
This description about dance could also refer to the tarot, an old divination system, using play-cards with symbolic figures. The tarot appeared in europe around the middle ages. Every single card invite you to reconsider how you function in your mind and body, and how you position yourself in society.
Every card can be explored by dancing it. By moving our bodies in a certain way, influenced by our imagination, influenced by the card, we can understand the depth of the card in connection with who we can be at that moment. We could dance a card as a daily practice, as a moment to ourselves to contemplate, a danced meditation.
But before we can do this, we must learn how to connect the different energies of the cards with our movements, and we must understand the spiritual development symbolised by the different cards. In the workshop we will study the major arcana of the tarot- the 22 cards with symbolic figures starting with the fool, and at the end a naked woman, representing a new world, in the reconstructed illustrations of the Tarot de Marseille by Camoin and Jodorowsky. We will try to make them our own in our minds, bodies, and in our dance. A certain knowledge of English is necessary to follow the course.
ArtistBio: Robert Steijn
Week3: 01. Aug - 05. Aug 2011