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I. AM. AN. ARTIST., an embodied approach to studying abstracts

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Week 3, 29.7.–2.8.2024
14:45–17:15 / XL
Arsenal 4
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Each day of the week is dedicated to a specific word or concept. ‘I’ on Monday, ‘am’ on Tuesday, ‘an’ on Wednesday and ‘artist’ on Thursday. Friday is reserved for reflection and integration of the findings. Equally as important will be the enquiry into what it takes to develop an embodied practice, when the focal point is an abstract concept (e.g., a concept, an idea, a socio-political standard).

Building on dance and experiences of the practice of BMC® (Body-Mind Centering) developed for the study of one’s own anatomy, this workshop examines diving into abstract concepts using these principles. If one can study their experience of ‘liver’ because one knows it’s there — one can name it, can look up its image, can read and learn about it— can this not also be applied to studying one’s experience of other phenomena? See an image of it, read about it?

Participants are invited to somatically explore the depth of their experience through dance. No previous experience with BMC® or other somatic standards is required to attend this workshop. This workshop could be interesting to those who are looking for examples of intersectional, experimental work that draw its methodologies from multiple fields, e.g., the fields of somatics, pedagogy, and dance- and art-making. Dancing will be the modus operandi, the primary mode of communication, and the main orientation device. Dancing here names an experience-based non-verbal form of communication, one that is critically aware of the context within which it is practised. Namely, the context of the Western professional theatre-based dance and choreography.

BMC® and Body-Mind Centering® are registered service marks of Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, used with permission.

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