All posts by Stephanie Skura

Choreographer, director, teacher, writer, and creator of Open Source Forms.

July 11 – 22, 2016: Two-Week OSF Summer Workshop in Seattle with Stephanie Skura, Susanna Hood & Nate Dryden

PLEASE NOTE: DATES & TIME FOR THIS WORKSHOP HAVE CHANGED FROM JUNE TO JULY! 

July 11 – 22, 2016,
10:30 AM – 12:30 PM, Mon – Fri
19th & Roy, Capitol Hill, Seattle

Two-week Open Source Forms Seattle Workshop

 Opportunity to study intensively with OSF creator Stephanie Skura & Co-Faculty Susanna Hood & Nate Dryden 

 Open to all! Daily 2-hour sessions. No prior experience necessary.

** Partially fulfills requirements for applicants to OSF Teacher Certification Program.**

Workshop participants will join OSF trainees & pre-trainees for morning OSF technique sessions, bringing together a worldwide community for dancing, creative practice, and deep immersion — in a catalytic environment of colleagues with diverse experiences in teaching, healing, therapy, performance, theater, community, and visionary organization-building. 

Cost: $300, due by June 1.

REGISTER NOW:

“Working with you creatively has instigated some of the most juicy & inspiring dancing times of my life… Hit the spot by offering the range from physical to embodied intellectual to creative composition…So much care and respect for the people with whom you share the learning space.”

Contact us with inquiries. We’re happy to hear from you!

January 11 – 15, 2016: Freedom + Rigor + Courage with Stephanie Skura in New York City

MOVEMENT RESEARCH WINTER MELT FESTIVAL

January 11 – 15, 2016
Monday – Friday, 1 – 3 PM
New York, NY

Cross-fertilizations of releasing technique & creative process catalyze creative work. Approaches derived from 30 evolving years of rehearsal process celebrating diversity, collaboration, & individual creative empowerment: free of inhibition, wildly intuitive, inviting mind to collaborate. Access conceptual freedom, specificity, courage & honesty in movement, vocal practice, & improvisation. Adopt these methods & discover your own. Experiment with surprising pathways between conscious & subconscious, movement/voice/writing/drawing, witnessing & participating. With radical approaches to scores as fertile path toward content-relevant method & structure, integrating intuitive with analytical. Trusting our inner world, accessing technique as resource & having the courage to transcend it in our unfettered presence.

Information & Registration

July 31 – August 6, 2015: OSF Retreat Week with Stephanie Skura in western Wales

July 31 – August 6, 2015

Arrivals: 4pm Friday, July 31
Departure: 2pm Thursday, August 6

6-day workshop in a forest studio, staying in woodland cabins, to immerse in Open Source Forms & creative process. Experiencing the subtle ways being in nature attunes us to deeper ease with creative process. Open to all.

5 minutes from Mwnt, one of “Europe’s top ten loveliest hidden beaches.” For photos & more about Felinganol retreat:

http://www.yogawithmeriel.co.uk/felinganol-woodland-retreat-penparc-cardigan

Mwnt hidden beach
Mwnt hidden beach

This workshop is now full!  Email Meriel (address below) to be on the waiting list. 

Accommodation & Fee Options:

Shared room (3 beds): £305pp
Shared cabin (twin): £335pp
Double cabin (2 people sharing double bed): £335pp
Single Cabin: £400pp
 
Pricing includes all tuition, free use of studio, lands, fire circle, hot tub, simple breakfast & dinner on the first night. Meals are self-catered with house kitchen open to prepare and share ‘pot-luck’ meals together.
 
Places reserved by deposit £75 (non-refundable). 10% early-bird reduction for full payment before April 31st 2015.
Student discounts available.
Booking enquiries & registration:  merielgoss@hotmail.com

July 20 – 24, 2015: A Radical Approach to Composition & Performance with Stephanie Skura at Ponderosa, Tanzland Festival 2015

July 20 – 24, 2015

PLACES STILL OPEN!
Mon – Fri:
4 hours a day (Schedule TBA)
Fee: 170€ , Registration before June 15th: 150€

This workshop is designed in progression with the previous workshop week at Tanzfabrik in Berlin. Or either week can be taken separately.

Working with SCORES as a rich way to find unique content, method, and structures. With deep foundational releasing to warm body, voice, and flow of ideas, and access our subconscious as fertile source of material & guidance. Investigating paths between moving, writing, speaking, drawing and vocalizing — juicy ways to find personal content & structure that’s fresh, relevant & free of inhibition. Trusting our inner world, accessing technique as resource and finding the courage to transcend it — in presence, vulnerability, and ideological freedom. This class was developed in response to a need to take the next step from deeply-sourced improvisation to repeatable performance events, & discover what to take with us from one rehearsal to the next.

http://www.ponderosa-dance.de/en/tanzland-festival/stephanie-skura.html

About Ponderosa: Ponderosa welcomes international guests and artists to their studios located on 5.5 hectares of an old farm outside Berlin in the Brandenburg region of Germany. Our main purpose is to create an International meeting space in the countryside outside of Berlin. We come from wide ranging backgrounds, but share a common experience of embracing the arts, living on a broken down farm and encouraging an event that inspires people’s creative sources and gives them a place to enact their own desires and visions. We depend on the form of improvisation to help create structures &  solutions. We are a team of organizers, teachers, builders, performers, artists, cultural managers, producers & hosts. Our goal is to bring  uniqueness, clear thought and spontaneous action to our yearly festival while remaining intact as a self-sufficient group and as a building community.

Focusing on all aspects of the term improvisation, we hope to give room to our visitors to participate on many levels. There is enough open space at Ponderosa to extend your mental and physical potentials into your wildest dreams.

Ponderosa is a place of constant sourcing of the theories & practices behind performance. It’s a place to come out, to show your beginnings. It’s a place to trust non-goal oriented processes. It’s an International meeting space for the living library of thoughts & ideas that are mixed within the free scene and the professional art world.

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Co-curator Maria Scaroni: “Ponderosa has been hosting dance since 11 years, developing a more and more welcoming infrastructure,  in the middle of the Brandenburg countryside, the deep ex East-germany, by the polish border. It is actually only 1 hour trip from Berlin. Stephanie Maher brought this place up and with it her lineage and relations with north american dance, especially very socially and physically engaged people and works from San Francisco. So the core DNA of the place is quite physical, it offers a big barn and other spaces turned into studios, a forest, a river, a sauna, a garden that produces vegetables for the entire summer for everybody. All that over layered with a really cool way of dealing with communal living (meaning that it is not some politically correct community, though people need to understand togetherness, the land, logistics), a living library and a juicy exchange with Berlin based artists, for performances, lectures, just hang out zone, where quite rich encounters and conversations take place. “

July 16 – 19, 2015: Open Source Forms & Improvisation with Stephanie Skura, assisted by Abby Crain, at Tanzfabrik, Berlin 2015

July 20 – 24, 2015

Open Source Forms Intensive: Freedom + Rigor + Courage 
Thursday – Sunday,  10 AM -12:00 PM  and 2:30 – 5:30 PM

Open Source Forms Morning Technique only
Thursday – Sunday, 10 AM – 12 PM (limited capacity)

This workshop is designed in progression with the subsequent week at Ponderosa. Or either week can be taken separately.

PLACES STILL OPEN!
Bookings, Information,  Fees:
http://www.tanzfabrik-berlin.de/en/festivals/sommertanz-2015-4104e135-f57e-4a37-ba17-e3d5c0aa4c2a/events/218

Stephanie Skura developed Open Source Forms (OSF) after 12 years working closely with Skinner Releasing (SRT) creator Joan Skinner. OSF is about cross-fertilizations and deep commonalities of Skinner Releasing and creative process: shedding outer layers, finding primal energy, agility navigating subconscious realms, and imagery as powerful tool for transformation. Taking time for depth of technique to catalyze creative work, these sessions offer tools to access freedom, specificity, and courage in movement, vocal practice and performance. They empower participants to adapt these methods and discover their own.

Afternoon sessions will focus on sophisticated improvisational tools for finding freedom, rigor, & specificity of movement that’s as unique & multi-layered as our individual life experience. These sessions often integrate writing, drawing, & voice to access the richness of our subconscious, & a free & responsive improvisational presence. Over the past thirty years, Stephanie has developed a precise, supportive, empowering, freeing & challenging progression of classes to empower performers in the improvisational moment: rooted in a conscious specificity, free of inhibition, accessing the intuitive & the subconscious, & inviting the mind to participate in a collaborative way. Her approach derives from her rehearsal process, celebrating the power, totality, & uniqueness of each performer. She has a passion for collaboration at every level, feels it as much a political as an artistic choice, & finds that collaborative process nurtures growth of all participants.. Open to all levels of experience in any art form.

 

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June 8 – 26, 2015: NEW Three-Week OSF Pre-Teacher-Training Workshop with Stephanie Skura & Nate Dryden

June 8 – 26, 2015,
11 AM – 2:00 PM, 3:30 – 6:30 PM, Mon – Fri
Capitol Hill, Seattle

NEW PROGRAM! Three-week Open Source Forms Pre-Teacher-Training Seattle Workshop

 Opportunity to study intensively with OSF creator Stephanie Skura,  & Co-faculty Nate Dryden 

For people interested in learning to teach OSF who need more experience in the practice before entering the Teacher Certification Program. It includes the full spectrum of introductory OSF material, sophisticated improvisation sessions, & in-depth discussions about underlying concepts & methods. This program is alongside our annual 2-week Open Source Forms June Seattle workshop.

Though not a commitment to the full OSF Teacher Certification Program, the 3-week Pre-Training Program provides prerequisites** & a sense of the nature of OSF Teacher Certification, to better know if it’s for you.  Designed especially for those considering teaching this practice, morning sessions include the full spectrum of introductory material; afternoon discussions & improvisations will be juicy, participatory, & substantive. 

** If you’ve already had the equivalent of one OSF workshop, this 3-week workshop will complete your prerequisites for our next OSF Teacher Certification Program.**

 OSF is creatively empowering for both teachers & their students. A rigorous, soul-expanding program, OSF Teacher Certification gives a solid grounding in methods & deep understanding of the work, ultimately empowering teachers & their students to expand OSF to adapt to changing circumstances in our lives & worlds, & integrate it with other practices they embrace.

Our annual Two-Week June Seattle Workshop, open to all, includes the first two weeks of 11 AM – 2 PM sessions, combining participants in both programs. 3:30-6:30 PM sessions & all sessions during the third week are for Pre-Teacher-Training participants only.

Cost: $1,800 USD or $1,500 USD if non-refundable deposit received by April 1.
Bookings: Deposit $300 by April 1, 2015 via Paypal or check.  Balance of payment due on May 15, 2015.

BALANCE PAYMENT FOR EARLY REGISTRATION

ONE PLACE HAS OPENED IN THIS WORKSHOP! IF INTERESTED, LET US KNOW  VIA COMMENTS BELOW. 

A fascinating diverse group has formed for 2015 Pre-Teacher-Training, bringing an array of skills & experience in many fields. We’re thrilled to anticipate the deep immersions that happen in such a catalytic environment of colleagues.

“Stephanie Skura is one of the most inspired & inspiring teachers I’ve ever studied with. She is a singular teacher whose wisdom & breadth of experience are a gift to those interested in expanding their perception of movement, where it comes from, and how it can trigger deep creativity on numerous levels.”  Juliette Mapp, Choreographer & Teacher, NYC

Contact us with inquiries. We’re happy to hear from you!

 

June 8 – 19, 2015: Two-Week OSF Summer Workshop in Seattle with Stephanie Skura & Nate Dryden

June 8 – 19, 2015,
11 AM – 2:00 PM, Mon – Fri
19th & Roy, Capitol Hill, Seattle

Two-week Open Source Forms Seattle Workshop

 Opportunity to study intensively with OSF creator Stephanie Skura & Co-faculty Nate Dryden 

 Open to all! Daily 3-hour sessions. No prior experience necessary.

** Partially fulfills requirements for applicants to OSF Teacher Certification Program.**

This workshop brings together a worldwide community for dancing, creative practice, and deep immersion — in a catalytic environment of colleagues with diverse experiences in teaching, healing, therapy, performance, theater, community-building, and visionary organization-development. 

Cost: $600 or $500 if non-refundable deposit received by April 1.
Bookings: Deposit $100 by April 1 via Paypal or check.  Balance of payment due on May 15.

BALANCE PAYMENT FOR EARLY REGISTRATION

 REGISTRATION AFTER APRIL 1: A FEW PLACES ARE STILL OPEN!

“Working with you creatively has instigated some of the most juicy & inspiring dancing times of my life… Hit the spot by offering the range from physical to embodied intellectual to creative composition…So much care and respect for the people with whom you share the learning space.”

Contact us with inquiries. We’re happy to hear from you!

September 20 – 21, 2014: Weekend Workshop with Stephanie Skura, Coventry, UK

September 20 – 21, 2014, Coventry, UK

Two-day weekend Open Source Forms Workshop,
Hosted by Decoda

Open to All!

Saturday & Sunday, 10am – 5:30pm

More Information & Bookings

Thank you  for your absolute generosity and joy of what you do and know.  It was a truly transformative experience — in many ways  a homecoming.  So many things I had been working on distinct from one another were synthesized — as well as bits that were darkly asleep!”

 

September 16 – 19, 2014: Graduate Intensive with Stephanie Skura, Coventry, UK

September 16 – 19, 2014, Coventry, UK

Decoda Graduate Intensive 16 –19, hosted by Coventry University
Monday – Friday,10am – 6pm

Second part of Graduate Lab and Graduate Intensive 2014, for current final year dance students and new graduates, to support the transition from student to independent dance artist. Participants will devise a series of performance scores with guidance by renowned U.S. artist Stephanie Skura.

More information

Bookings   open July 1; places must be booked in advance.

“Working with you creatively has instigated some of the most juicy & inspiring dancing times of my life… Hit the spot by offering the range from physical to embodied intellectual to creative composition…So much care and respect for the people with whom you share the learning space.”

 

 

SEPTEMBER 8 – 12, 2014: SCORES WORKSHOP IN BARCELONA WITH STEPHANIE SKURA

A radical approach to composition, working with SCORES as a fertile way to find content, method, and structure that’s unique for each project.

At La Caldera: Barcelona Summer Stage International Meeting Point
Institut del Teatre
Monday – Friday, 6 – 9 PM

Also teaching: Susan Klein, Jon Jasperse. With meeting spaces for thematic talks (free), daily 4 – 6 pm.

To Register: Email  aula@lacaldera.info attaching a cv and specifying the courses you want to do.

More information: http://www.lacaldera.info/pages/stage

“Stephanie Skura is one of the most inspired and inspiring teachers I have ever studied with. She is a singular teacher whose wisdom and breadth of experience are a gift to those interested in expanding their perception of movement, where it comes from, and how it can trigger deep creativity on numerous levels.”    Juliette Mapp