All posts by Susanna Hood

Based in Montreal, Susanna Hood works equally in dance and in music as a creator, performer, and teacher. She became a certified OSF teacher in 2010, and since 2013 has begun also working as an OSF Teacher Trainer alongside Stephanie Skura.

OSF Beyond Beginnings Online, Jan – June, 2021

with Susanna Hood

2 separate series of 10 classes of Intermediate-level OSF material + improvisation (possible as drop-in for those who have experienced OSF basics)
Wednesdays, 1pm-3:30pm EST
First series: Jan 20 – March 24
Second series: March 31 – June 2
Each class: full price – $30; un/underemployed price: $15
Info, registration, and payment: susannahoodhum@gmail.com

Practice & Process Montreal Oct 30-Nov 1, 2020

Weekend Intensive co-facilitated by Sarah Bild & Susanna Hood (bilingual Eng/Fr)

La Poêle studio, Montreal

Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2020

Friday, 7pm-9:30pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am – 4pm (with 1hr lunch break)

*COVID alternative dates: Dec 4 – 6, 2020, same hours

Full workshop: $125

Fri night, Sat & Sun 10am-12pm: $65

8-person max, preference given to full workshop participants

Info, registration and payment: lapoele307@gmail.com

Pulling from their practices of Open Source Forms and Action Theater™, Susanna Hood and Sarah Bild will guide us through physical and sensory awakening of the body/mind to prepare us for creative practice. Inviting breath and imagery into the physical self, we will open ourselves to our physical and metaphorical environment and practice noticing, tending to and following creative impulses as they arise, opening a dialogue between inner experience and outer awareness. How does one impulse invite another? How do we give shape to those impulses? How do we embody them for full expression? How do we frame them in space and time? These are questions we will investigate and experience in the afternoon hours.

OSF Beyond Beginnings Online Oct/Nov 2020

10 classes of Intermediate-level OSF material + improvisation

Facilitated by Susanna Hood (bilingual English/French)

Possible as drop-in for those who have experienced OSF basics

Wednesday, 1pm-3pm EST

October 7 – December 9, 2020

Each class: full price – $25; un/underemployed price: $10

Info, registration, and payment: susannahoodhum@gmail.com

January 7-11, 2019: 5-morning OSF workshop with Susanna Hood, Vancouver, BC, CANADA

MascallDance presents in partnership with The Training Society of Vancouver:

Open Source Forms with Susanna Hood

January 7-11, 2019, 10am-2pm daily

MascallDance
1130 Jervis Street
V6E 3C7 Vancouver, British Columbia

Early Bird Rate: Up to December 31: $400
From January 1: $500

For those for whom the price is restrictive, there is a 20% off code at checkout: 20OFFHOOD.

(Potential scholarships available for those for whom even the discounted rates are prohibitive. Please contact Alexa Mardon directly if this is the case: alexamardon@gmail.com)

Registration: https://squareup.com/store/MascallDance

This workshop is eligible for a CADA/BC Training Subsidy.

In this five-morning workshop, Susanna offers introductory level OSF material in combination with improvisation structures using movement, voice, drawing, and writing.

The nature of the working process is web-like, cumulative and will happen in layers with no two days exactly the same. Each session is unique and draws on modalities of touch, deep-state imagery, alignment-focused exercises, and scores for improvisation. The sessions promote experiential learning, allowing for the timing of each individual’s process of discovery and integration, working both together and alone but in community. In this way, people of all levels of experience can explore alongside each other, tailoring the work to their individual capacities and needs.

Depending on the interest of participants and guided by their individual experience within the classes, one or two of the sessions may include in-depth discussion into essential concepts and pedagogical principals of OSF.

The class is open to adults of all ages, performers and non-performers alike.

September 10-12, 2018 – Open Source Forms & Creative Play with Susanna Hood

September 10, 11, 12, 2018

10am-1pm

Dovercourt  House 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON

$80 for all 3 classes ($30/class)

Drop-ins welcome for day 1 and exceptionally for other days depending on previous experience

To Register: meryem.muginov@gmail.com

Minimum $30 deposit required on registration

In this three-morning workshop, Susanna offers introductory level OSF material in combination with improvisation structures using movement, voice, drawing, and writing.  OSF, founded by dance artist and master teacher Stephanie Skura in 2008 is a fluid expansion of Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT), developed as a revolutionary way of learning by Joan Skinner in the 1960’s. Some basic principals underpinning the work are: that we are all born with natural grace and coordination with free and open voices & natural creativity; that in letting go of learned patterns of holding, of preconception, and of expectation we can connect to our own inherent process and potential; that sound is an expression of and release of energy; that learning through allowing instead of forcing gives us access to fullness with less effort; that we can be physically touched and transformed by the use of imagery; that play is a fundamental part of our humanness. (To learn more about OSF and SRT please visit https://opensourceforms.com and http://www.skinnerreleasing.com/aboutsrt.html).

The nature of the working process is web-like, cumulative and will happen in layers with no two days exactly the same. This is why the sessions are best experienced in their entirety. We will work with touch, deep-state imagery, and waking-state exercises and scores for improvisation. The sessions are guided mostly through experiential learning, allowing for the timing of each individual’s process of discovery and integration, working both together and alone but in community.

The class is open to adults of all ages, performers and non-performers alike. The class will cater to the average level of its participants’ previous experience with OSF/SRT.

Susanna Hood Biography:

Susanna Hood is a compelling performer, maker and teacher in dance and music and was the artistic director of hum dansoundart (https://humdansoundart.wordpress.com/company/) from 2000-2013. Beginning her career in 1991 with the Toronto Dance Theatre, independently she has performed the works of many Canadian choreographers, composers, and filmmakers. She performs widely as an improviser in dance and music, and has collaborated extensively in theatre as a movement director.  Her choreography, compositions, and interdisciplinary collaborations have been presented locally, nationally, and internationally on stage and film since 1991. Her work is marked by a dynamic synthesis of voice and movement, creating intimate, raw and sensual performance work.

From 2015-2017 Susanna completed the Pilot #2 of the Research Studios at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium with emphasis on the synergistic relations between dance and music. Since 2004, Susanna has been teaching improvisation, composition, and voice and movement synthesis in various institutions and through independent workshops across Canada. Since 2012 Susanna has become a teacher trainer of Open Source Forms (OSF), a practice that combines the principles of Skinner Releasing method with the varied and developing practices of its teachers. . http://susannahood.ca

 

May 30 – June 10, 2016: 10-day OSF & SRT Intensive in Berlin with Susanna Hood & Bettina Neuhaus

BEYOND BEGINNINGS
An integrated practice in Open Source Forms (OSF) & Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT)
with Susanna Hood & Bettina Neuhaus

Join us for this first time meeting of SRT & OSF. If you’re interested in OSF Teacher Certification in Europe and haven’t experienced this level of the work, this workshop is a prerequisites for applicants!

30 May – 10 June, 2016 (10-day workshop, 4 hrs/day, weekend off)
Mon, Tues, Thurs 10.00 – 14.00 Wed & Fri 10.30 – 14.30
EDEN Studios, Breite Strasse 43/13187 BERLIN

Cost: €450
€50 Early Bird Discount for registration & payment before 1 April, 2016
Limited class size – Book early! (Priority given to those who commit to taking the full workshop)
To register please send a mail to info@bettinaneuhaus.com
Deadline for registration (including full payment) is May 8, 2016

Specifically designed for those with a foundation in SRT and/or OSF, this intensive is a rare opportunity to deepen one’s practice through the more advanded material from the basic releasing work – week 2 & 3 – and to expand this into creative process. Each day will comprise a 2.5 hour releasing class, alternating daily betwen SRT and OSF, followed by a 75-minute integration of this material with improvisation, voice work, and writing and drawing practices.

In essence it is an advanced course: more an in-depth study than simply a series of classes. In order to begin an Open Source Forms Teacher Certification Program in Europe in 2017, we’re offering this workshop so enough people can complete the prerequisites for this rigorous & gratifying teacher training.

Of course if you’re not planning to do OSF Teacher Certification, you’re very welcome to join — & move deeper & farther on your path within this work.

Prerequisites for this workshop are having experienced at least a week of Open Source Forms or Skinner Releasing.

http://susannahood.ca/

http://bettinaneuhaus.com/

http://www.skinnerreleasingnetwork.org/