All posts by Abby Crain

Open Source forms teacher, choreographer and performer. Current Research includes decentering anthropocentric and cadaver based teleologies and practices for movement.

July 23 – 27, 2018 – Stop Emulating a Cadaver: 5-day OSF and creative research workshop in Berlin with Abby Crain and Layton Lachman

STOP EMULATING A CADAVER
w/ ABBY CRAIN & LAYTON LACHMAN

The good news is that we aren’t dead. The good news is that our humanness is comprised of primarily nonhuman specific components. The question then arises as to why movement studies is still obsessed with kinesiological compliance that is based primarily on human cadaver study. This week let’s not comply. Let’s interrogate our nonhumaness and dance from our swim bladders instead. What is a swim bladder, you may ask…it has to do with fish and nonhumans and breath. Let’s stop pretending that science is actually able to explain the mystery and magic of the moving body and see what happens.

In this week long lab, morning practice will be strongly rooted in Open Source Forms, the non-anatomically defined wild stepchild of Skinner Releasing. Open Source Forms invites us into unfettered and unpredictable whole body movement through a series of experiential images and practices. We become windstorms; we grow tentacles on our limbs; we compose ourselves of smoke.

Afternoons will be structured in a variety of ways including discussions, writing, research, and dancing together. These various structures will focus on experiential knowledge production, collective creation, and strategies for de-centering determinist movement teleologies. We will author and co-author imaginative movement scores and soak in them. We will see imagination as a continuous practice which suggests that the whole body can follow completely new patterns and associations.

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Abby Crain is a Bay Area based artist who makes dances and other structures for performance. Her solo and collaborative work has been presented in New York City, Liverpool, Chicago, Cork, Berlin, Portland and Los Angeles. She also works in the field as a teacher and performer. As a performer she has worked primarily with MiguelGutierrez and the Powerful People and Sara Shelton Mann, with appearances in the work of Kathleen Hermesdorf, Jesse Hewit, Guillermo Gomez-Peña, and Jess Curtis Gravity. Teaching credits include FRESH Festival, Ponderosa Tanzland (DE), Movement Research, and Mills College. Current research includes creativepractices to undermine the telios of anthropocentric and cadaver based anatomical theory on the moving body.

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Layton Lachman is a dance artist. She creates choreographic works, hosts events and performs as a freelance artist. Layton was based in the San Francisco Bay Area for seven years, collaborating primarily with Mara Poliak, Abby Crain, Samuel Hertz, and SALTA, as well as appearing in the works of Sara Shelton Mann, Jess Curtis, and Kathleen Hermesdorf among others. Lachman is currently a Berlin-based artist, although continues to be engaged in artistic collaborations, curation, and social organizing projects located in the USA. Her research is often in the realm of somatics and the application of these experiential practices in the creation of immersive worlds of sensorial complexity and perceptual disorientation. In addition to somatic research as choreographic methodology, Layton teaches composition and improvisation in university contexts, with recent guest lecturing positions at Beloit College, Ohio University, and Liverpool John Moores University. Inspired by Abby, during 2018/2019 Layton is in intensive training with Stephanie Skura and Susanna Hood to also become an Open Source Forms facilitator.

Dates: July 23rd-27th
Hours: 10-12:30
1:30-3:30
Where: Dock 11 – EDEN STUDIOS – Pankow
Workshop Fee: $200 – register by July 1st
$225 – register after July 1st

contact laytonlachman@gmail.com to register or if you have any questions.
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Dock link: http://www.dock11-berlin.de/index.php/cat/2_3/id/p611_STOP-EMULATING-A-CADAVER-.html

December 11-15, 2017: Second Level OSF Workshop with Abby Crain in Sweden

Five days of focused study for experienced practitioners of Open Source Forms (OSF) or Skinner Releasing in rural Sweden.

December 11-15, 2017.


Open Source Forms teacher Abby Crain will lead five days of in-depth study of  second level OSF work in Gnesta, Sweden. We will work 9- 1:30 daily, with a two hour class each morning, a brief break, and then space for talking and  further  experimentation. We will dive more deeply into aspects of the work according to the interests and needs of the group. Material covered will focus on classes 10-15 in the OSF body of work.

This is a supportive and intimate opportunity to experience the fullness of the work in the quiet of Swedish winter.

This is an advanced training only, meaning that the students must have experienced the ten intro classes or an equivalent amount of work in Open Source Forms or Skinner Releasing in order to participate.

If you would like to register, please send a quick email to abbycrainwork@gmail.com explaining your interest and experience. We will accept a maximum of six students, as space is very limited.  .

Tuition for the five days is 300€ if registration and 100€ deposit is received by November 20, 2017. 350€ thereafter. Tuition includes five nights room and board (two meals per day, lunches can be purchased in town ).

For students who do not need housing or food, tuition is 150€ before November 20th, and 200€ thereafter.

Arrival will be late afternoon on Sunday December 10, and departure will be the afternoon of Friday December 15th. Gnesta is located 35 minutes from downtown Stockholm, easily accessible on the commuter train.

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July 6-10, 2015: Five day OSF and Radical Ecological Intimacy Workshop at Ponderosa Tanzland with Abby Crain.

July 6-10, 2015: Five day Open Source Forms  and Radical Ecological Intimacy Workshop at Ponderosa Tanzland with Abby Crain.

STEP ASIDE OR HUMANS DON’T KNOW EVERYTHING

Sometimes it is useful to get out of the way. Sometimes it is useful to put aside our precious egos and and let go. Sometimes it is useful to allow things to move through us. When we practice this way, unfathomable transformations begin to happen, sometimes out of nowhere, and sometimes by surprise. We will both lie on the floor for untold amounts of time and find ourselves dancing with abandon that will never to want to stop. We will quiet our minds and bodies so deeply that places deep inside of ourselves will begin to loosen and shift.

Sourcing from the profound structures of Stephanie Skura’s Open Source Forms,  this class furthers the dynamic interplay between imagery, consciousness, releasing, and the unpredictable dynamism and mutability of the unfettered body and mind in motion. In this workshop,  we will move the practice of OSF  out onto the land and into the environs of Ponderosa Tanzland.  We will experiment with OSF as a portal to radical ecological intimacy with Ponderosa’s  flora, fauna, soil, air, rocks and water. In this time of profound ecological shift, in which familiar landscapes are being rapidly transformed by forces of climate change and our fellow species are beginning to disappear, this workshop offers the practice of OSF as a place from which to begin to explore  kinship with our co-species and the land upon which we live as we navigate this transtion.

This work is excellent for both dancers and non -dancers, trained movers and improvisors.
SIGN UP AND GET MORE INFORMATION HERE. SPACES ARE LIMITED.
http://www.ponderosa-dance.de/en/tanzland-festival/july-6-10-abby-crain.html
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ABBY CRAIN IS A U.S. BASED DANCE MAKER, TEACHER, AND PERFORMER. SHE HAS PERFORMED EXTENSIVELY WITH MIGUEL GUTIERREZ AND SARA SHELTON MANN AS WELL AS MORE RECENTLY WITH GUILLERMO GOMEZ PEÑA AND JESSE HEWIT. HER WORK IS DEEPLY INFLUENCED BY HER STUDY OF OPEN SOURCE FORMS WITH STEPHANIE SKURA.  She was certified to teach OSF in the fall of 2014.

http://www.abbycrain.net