London (BST) 9:30-17:00
Berlin (CEST) 10:30-18:00
Paris (CEST) 10:30-18:00
Milan (CEST) 10:30-18:00
São Paulo (BRT) 05:30-13:00
Melbourne (AEST) 18:30-02:00
The earth is our home. The body is our home. But we have lost the capacity to recognise and honour this fundamental bond. How can we engage somatic movement and improvisational dance as perceptual windows into the ancient reciprocity between body and earth? This weekend of live and recorded workshops aims to offer participants a range of pathways for engaging in a direct and intimate sensory connection with the natural environment. The practice will be facilitated by four eco-somatic artists who will guide participants through a process of attending to the basic somatic processes of breath, touch and movement while sensing and responding to the embodied presence of more-than-human living beings and systems like trees, grass, stones, water, soil and air. These pathways will combine and integrate elements of the different disciplines practiced by the facilitators: Feldenkrais, Body-Mind Centering, contemporary dance, dance improvisation, Contact Improvisation, Tango, performance, physical theatre and eco-phenomenology. The weekend is organised with an open and flexible schedule which encourages participants to find ways to practice outdoors. We will begin with a meeting on Zoom in the morning to tune into our bodies and present the recorded materials. Then there will be a long interval of time for accessing the recorded materials, organising and carrying out the outdoor practice independently. We will conclude each day by meeting again on Zoom in the late afternoon to share sensations, emotions, insights, encounters, difficulties and potentialities of this work.
Breathing with plants, with Nathalie Mann (FR)
Duets with trees, with Dr Raffaele Rufo (IT)
Awakening the inner animal, with Valentina Vitolo (IT)
Body-earth osmosis, with Tiago Gambogi (BR/UK)
The detailed schedule for the event can be accessed at http://www.raffaelerufo.com/ecosomatics/returning-home.
Recorded materials will be made available on this dedicated webpage on Friday 30 April at 12 noon to give participants some time to access them in advance and do some planning ahead of the weekend. If you feel comfortable, you can access the recorded materials at home and then go out without bringing technology with you. We encourage participants to keep a journal of their practice and to consider also other forms of documentation (audio, video, drawings, etc.) when these can be integrated smoothly in the practice. We also encourage participants to compare the experience of engaging the explorations alone with the experience of being witnessed by someone else. How does the presence of other humans influence your sensations and emotions?
The theme of this year’s “Earth Day” is “Restoring Earth” (https://www.earthday.org). As movers and dancers we believe we can contribute to the ecological cause by restoring our relation with the human body as part of nature. Our intention for this intensive weekend is to provide participants with a range of somatic and improvisational tools and strategies for challenging the default patterns of moving and relating with the natural environment and for deepening the ability to attune and empathise with other forms of life. This is a goal that cuts across health and social change. We will endeavour to create a collaborative learning environment which supports participants in reclaiming the regulatory and transformative power of embodiment in their lives and in embracing their potential role as grassroots agents of ecological consciousness.
Type of format: Weekend Intensive
Language: English with auto Close Captioning available
Duration of each day: 7.5 hours
Technical platform for the course: Zoom Pro
Concessionary Ticket - is only for job seekers, students and seniors with a low household income.
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