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June 3 – 14, 2019: OSF Spring Workshop in Seattle with Stephanie Skura & Nate Dryden

Painting above by Bill Traylor: ‘Man with Yoke’

“Some of the best teaching & guidance I’ve ever received in my dancing/movement life! Don’t miss it.”  Jeremy Steward, 2017 Certified OSF teacher 

OPEN TO ALL, NO PRIOR OSF EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!

June 3 – 14, 2019
11 AM – 2 PM, Mon – Fri
19th & Roy, Capitol Hill, Seattle

These sessions are inclusive, welcoming & vitally useful for both newcomers to the practice & experienced practitioners. OSF is deeply rooted in & fluidly expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique. These sessions integrate introductory OSF with improvisational experiments developed by Skura over three decades of interdisciplinary choreographic research.

Now in its sixth year, this annual Seattle spring workshop brings together a worldwide community for dancing, creative practice, & deep immersion — in a catalytic environment of colleagues with diverse experiences in teaching, healing, therapy, performance, theater, visual arts, writing, community-building, & visionary organization-development.

*Partially fulfills prerequisites for OSF Teacher Certification Program.*

Cost: $600 or $500 if nonrefundable deposit of $100 received by April 15, 2019.
Balance due May 15, 2019.

REGISTRATION LINK COMING SOON IN EARLY 2019

“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!

 

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/

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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guesthouse

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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July 6 – 10, 2015: The Voice of the Creative Body – Open Source Forms & Action Theater™ with Susanna Hood & Sarah Bild, Montreal, CANADA

Susanna and Sarah share a curiosity about how Open Source Forms and Action Theater,™ as contrasting approaches, can complement each other in training embodied, deeply connected and playful performers.

Both of these improvisational techniques develop full human physicality, expanded beyond the movement of flesh and bones to include the movement of voice, imagination, thought and language, all riding on the music of the breath.

Through its focus on releasing and subtle states of consciousness, the Open Source Forms practice will bring participants in touch with their natural suppleness, readiness and presence. This is a richly embodied place from which to approach the more concrete and playful performance practice of Action Theater, which further develops skills and awareness of our moment to moment experience.

We encourage participation in both practices as each approach progresses cumulatively over the course of the week. All are welcome and classes will be offered in a bilingual setting.

Class schedule :
July 6 to 10, every morning
Open Source Forms with Susanna Hood : 9:30 to 11:00 am
Action Theater™ with Sarah Bild : 11:30 am to 1:00 pm

Full workshop : $150
One practice (OSF or AT) 5 days : $100

STUDIO LA POÊLE
5333 Casgrain, #307
Montréal, CANADA

Enrollment is limited.

For info and registrations : lapoele307@gmail.com or (514) 690-8579
facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1624143484488027/