Defne Erdur
Embodying Consent

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Week 1, 15.7.–19.7.2024
16:00–18:00
Arsenal 4
only bookable at the Workshop Office

We come to dance from very different places; with different abilities, tendencies and expectations, needs and most importantly with different shades of sensitivity. Today more than ever, movement spaces call for more attention to our differences and deeper study of what co-existence entails, especially if we get in ‘contact’ with each other, if we ‘touch’ each other. And aren’t our dance & movement sanctuaries our exploration labs for life?

Hence, you are invited to find calm and focus and delicately touch — physically, mentally, emotionally, politically — upon issues relating to co-existence. Through the lens of the nervous system, practicing self-regulation and setting boundaries as we dance, we will inquire some of these questions :

  • Can we seriously study the sliding scale between a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’?
  • How do we know?
  • How, when and why do our answers change?
  • When we are able to answer?
  • When we are confused and/or unable to communicate clearly?
  • When we are able or unable to read others?
  • How can we develop physical and verbal language to express our ever-changing choices?

In other words, we will be working towards developing skills to be aware and able to sense our physical states and to be informed about our mental, emotional and chemical states; and how they take shape in and around our interactive dances. We will be studying ways to become the masters – not the victims – of our own choices and our partners’ choices in any given moment. We will move towards developing instant, multi-layered compositions with each other that may allow us to stay in the dance for the dance. And we will fail and repair!

All for co-creating a brave safe space in and around our dance floors and beyond!

Seriously joyful, joyfully serious…

Defne Erdur
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