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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.
https://www.facebook.com/events/1934989003187044/

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 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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