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ImPulsTanz Workshops 2014 by Frey Faust © Karolina Miernik
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Every Body Knows

Find your own resources for resilience!

There is nothing new under the sun! And yet what is already there invites us to dive deeper into the layers of our presence; to seek a conscious yet liberated and sovereign place to dance from. Together we will be zooming into our physical, emotional and mental foundation. We will be working with the sensations and anatomical make up of our bodies, directing our awareness to responses for inner and outer stimuli. With the aid of more analytic, anatomical images and various artistic tools (i.e. writing, drawing, sounding etc.) we will be working with our bodies, discovering relations between our feelings, thoughts, postures and movements.

Building awareness of our perception system in action, gradually allowing habitual patterns to change, we will find our own resources for resilience: strength, flexibility and endurance. Principles from Experiential Anatomy, Developmental Movement, Authentic Movement Expressive Art Therapies and Contact Improvisation will be at our guidance to relate to our own unique self and reach out to dance with others. Let's fly out together (dancers, non-dancers) into an elevated flow, experiencing self-sufficient, self-satisfied and effortless bodies as we dance.


Embodying Time 55+

We have time!

In this workshop we will be “playing” with the principles of Experiential Anatomy, Authentic Movement and Expressive Art Therapies. We will be improvising with images, metaphors, objects in order to let go of our thinking mind as we tune into our experiencing body-minds.

Believing that rhythms of movements, gestures, emotions, thoughts, images, and sounds will create dances i.e. encounters with ourselves and others… Sensing that time goes by… But also knowing that there is no need to chase it... Knowing that there is no one time, but many “times”… Let’s come together to seek new pathways in and around our bodies. Let’s open space for joy, ease and flow – in our own time!

It is never too late! All is now! There is time! … Let’s find “our dance” – embodying time.

ARTISTBIO: Defne Erdur

Defne Erdur is a dance artist and a sociologist working in the fields of performing arts, therapy and education. She is trained in Contemporary Dance (PhD), Sociology (MA) and Intermodel Art Therapy & Creativity, and Trauma Healing (SEP). Having worked with pioneers in Somatics and therapy, in 2008 she has become a certified body therapist actively practicing multitude of techniques towards a deeper understanding of the body as a psychophysical whole.

She has been regularly teaching for ImPulsTanz, MSGSU Istanbul State Conservatory, ElimSende, ÇATI Contemporary Dance Artists Association, and CI-Turkey; as well as supporting WINPeace, Beyond Borders, and Peace Revolution initiatives. Invested in building safe and inclusive creative environments, she offers workshops around the world, including Hunting Gathering Cultivating, Every Body Knows, Mind the Body, and Embodying Time. Defne is also the co-founder and editor of dedicated to documentation of contemporary dance education. She is one of the authors and co-editors of

Artistically, she is mainly interested in instant compositions and site specific performances. In 2014, her on-going solo performance "in between prayers" which was perceived as having significant impact on the physical intervention called "standing man" during the socio-political revolts in Turkey, and her dedication to non-violent communication took her to Thailand. She was selected among 400 artists for "Meditation Artistic Retreat" to collaborate with 19 other artists towards creating the Samadhi Santi Collection for peace. Henceforth, she has become one of the meditation trainers of World Peace Initiative Foundation.

In sum, she is curiously dancing on the transitive line between art and life – where the prospect of all her work is to mediate people to relate to their own self and accompany them in their physical, mental, and emotional processes towards wellbeing.


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