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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.

abby-crain.com
laytonlachman.com

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

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/

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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