// Friday, 15th NOVEMBER 2019

11:00 – 12:30 | MEISA for Older Adults | Melissa C. Rolnick

MEISA (movement-exploration-imagination-sensation-awareness) is a contemplative, somatic practice for every- body that has been developing for the last 5 years. In the spring of 2018 MEISA was taught to older adults. Most participants had never considered movement as an opportunity for creative/art practice. Practitioners began to dialogue with their moving body, listening, sensing, responding. Living/breathing questions arose; what do I sense/feel and perceive? As practitioners moved towards greater self-realization, community unfolded.
Melissa C. Rolnick is a life-long dancer. Her teaching/movement practice have been informed by a life time in dance, somatic practice and movement forms including Yoga (Judith Lasater), Authentic Movement (Janet Adler, Dani Riggs), and more recently Gaga. She served on the faculty at Sonoma State University, Western Washington University, California State University Fresno, and Arizona State University. She currently is an associate professor at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, USA.

11:00 – 12:30 | Sharing | Beate Stühm

Awakening our body senses and feelings, we perform the basics of becoming alive through stretching, breathing, expanding our kinesthetic awareness and reaching out to meet others in the shared space. A drawing will make visible our experience of/through non-stylized movement and improvisation.This collective drawing serves as a choreographic outline. By sharing our embodied presence and unique expression we are part of and support the creation of a moving/dancing community space.
Beate Stühm has worked intensively with somatic embodiment practices in movement, dance, improvisation and voice since the early 1980’s.. Her training with Anna Halprin, San Francisco Dancers Workshop, USA, and her extensive practice Amerta Movement with Suprapto Suryodarmo in Indonesia, as well as Somatic Experiencing® are a sustaining inspiration. These trainings serve as the foundation of her work, which she brings into her teaching, research in universities, as well as workshops and performances.

11:00 – 12:30 | Sound Identities | Marion Evers

Man is thoroughly embedded in the sound identity of his environment, penetrated and coloured by the sound of space, the environment, by sounds of nature and culture, by words, conversations, chants, screams, laments… directly touched and shaped. If we close our ears and turn it around, we immerse ourselves in often unknown depths of the body’s own sounds that we are. Between the worlds, sound design happens. In this workshop we explore the individual timbres unfolded in these sound scapes and transform embodied autobiographical and collective structures back into music.
Marion Evers, M.A. theatre science, french studies and political sciences. director, yoga teacher and moderator BDY/EYU, triyoga teacher. She is the founder of the somatic academy berlin and the center for yoga and voice. Her main interest is focused on the interface of “body/leib” and voice in the context of art, healing art and scientific research.

11:00 – 12:30 | Tuning_In | Katja Münker

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Dancer/Choreographer/Researcher/Feldenkrais Practitioner/hiking guide. Trained as physiotherapist, studies and practice of contemporary dance, (contact-) improvisation and instant composition. Longterm experience in several somatic practices, professionally trained in Feldenkrais Method. Artistic works and research with the focus on the connection between somatic and choreographic practices as well as on walking. Regular national and international teaching, contributions for congresses and publications: Collaborations i.a. with AREAL_artistic research lab Berlin and part of the curating team of Somatic Academy Berlin.

13:00 – 14:30 | (Re-)embodying which Body? Reflections on Corporeality | Sian Sullivan

‘The body’ is ‘epistemically plural’ as well as politically situated. A diversity of corporealities – understood, experienced, and performed bodies – is thus always at play in worldly and world-making participations. Through spoken word/auto-ethnography and theoretical reflection, this contribution highlights the creative force of contradictions contained in the categories ‘the body’ and ‘corporeality’. In doing so it acknowledges complexity in any normative call for (re)embodiments resistant to the disembodying impetus of capitalist symbolic and material orders.
Sian Sullivan is Professor of Environment and Culture at Bath Spa University. She has published Political Ecology: Science, Myth and Power (2000), Contributions to Law, Philosophy and Ecology: Exploring Re-Embodiments (2016), and Valuing Development, Environment and Conservation: Creating Values that Matter (2018). Her current research engages oral history, childhood memories and diverse musics to explore socio-ecological pasts and diversities through a long-term collaboration with indigenous Dama / ≠Nūkhoen in west Namibia.

13:00 – 14:30 | Crossing the Void | Kate Sagovsky

We are defined by our spatial connections. How we relate to each other in space is the visible manifestation of our invisible beliefs and socialised hierarchies. This workshop uses a structure of guided exploration and improvisation to play with spatial dynamics. Together we will playfully uncover the fundamental offers and responses we each habitually make in space, and discover different ways of ‘crossing the void’ between us. Transformative new possibilities for being and relating emerge.
Kate is an artist specialising in somatics and live performance. Her work facilitates embodied experience to help people connect better to themselves, others, and the world. She is Artistic Director of performance company MOVING DUST and has worked as a movement specialist in many contexts, including at Shakespeare’s Globe, the RSC, the National Theatre. She is a qualified student teacher of Feldenkrais. Her first book ‘Laban’s Efforts in Action’ was published by Bloomsbury this year.

13:00 – 14:30 | Eco-equitability, Somatics & Contact Improvisation | Ethan (E.E.) Balcos

This movement workshop focuses on facilitating somatic-based concepts in Contact Improvisation, a movement practice that invites the moving body-mind to participate regardless of expertise, ability, gender, or cultural background. Finding stability and safety by exploring earth, gravity, and mass give all participants eco-equitability as touch and weight-sharing concepts are explored with earth, self, and others. Somatic practices blend well to contact improvisation enhancing high kinesthetic awareness allowing one move in an inclusive environment.
Ethan (E.E.) Balcos is Associate Professor of Dance at The University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA. He is a professional dancer, improvisor, and choreographer. He is actively exploring somatic movement as it applies to choreography, improvisation, and pedagogy. Balcos often collaborates with composers, musicians, and other artists to create interdisciplinary performances. Somatic conferences he has presented in include the Annual Body-Mind Centering Conference (Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen) and the Annual Somatic and Dance Conference (Bill Evans).

16:00 – 17:30 | Embodied Relating | Susi Rosenbohm

What are you currently noticing in your body* right now? What if everything we need to know about ourselves and how we want to live a meaningful and creative life is already in our bodies individually? What does all this have to do with feminism? We will work together to explore physical, mental and emotional body movements and touches and interactions with techniques by the Pantarei Approach and Authentic Relating.
Susi Rosenbohm works as a dance artist, pedagogue and body therapist within the Pantarei approach. She does not believe in the separation of art, therapy and life. That there is something like therapy just shows how we are structurally socially separated and conditioned by ourselves. On the basis of this, she understands her work rather to unlearn and / or to rediscover in the body what has always been there.

16:00 – 17:30 | Extending the flesh: Somatics as Relational Practices | Natalia Espinel & Catalina Hernandez-Cabal

This will be a space for reflecting upon and experiencing what we call ‘extended flesh,’ through a mixed-format presentation. We will share a durational process of exploring, through movement scores, somatic investigations of shared tensions and difficulties. The workshop will extend the investigation to participants, inviting them to their own exploration of scores emerging from questions like “Care about what you cannot understand,”; “Become an opening. How long and how far can you sustain it?”
Catalina Hernandez-Cabal Colombian-American artist, movement researcher and educator, currently pursuing a PhD in art education (University of illinois). An ongoing practitioner of contemporary dance/improvisation, she also teaches university introductory courses to art, and interdisciplinary movement-art workshops with different audiences. Her research focus on embodied and creative explorations of difference, and their connection to learning and political action.

16:00 – 17:30 | Listening, Writing, and Re-embodying: Poetry meets Movement
 | Alyson Hallett & Deborah Black

Poet Alyson Hallett and dance artist Deborah Black dialogue between movement and poetry, asking ‘can writing take us deep into our bodies, create pathways to re-embodiment, knowing, and therefore re-empowerment?’ To locate our listening bodies, Deborah introduces the Six Viewpoints practice of presence inspired by choreographer, Mary Overlie. Alyson introduces writing exercises and an invitation to share what is written, to make known what is going on inside the body as it moves.
Alyson Hallett is a prize-winning poet whose latest collection is a collaboration with Penelope Shuttle, LZRD. Alyson has written drama for radio and television, and her work is carved into boulders and etched into windows. Research includes geographical intimacy and connections between body and language.Deborah Black is a dance and theatre artist, working in New York, Europe, and the UK. Research includes teaching and practicing The Six Viewpoints (Mary Overlie), collaboration and ecology.

16:00 – 17:30 | Somatic Principles for Hosting Dialogue | Emma Meehan

In this workshop, I will share my practice of hosting developed from somatic principles, responding to the conference call for sharing methods of compassionate action. I will reflect on the politics of hosting in somatic practices: as a field, who are we inviting in, how is it accessible, what do we expect from the exchange and how can we instigate a reciprocal dialogue? How do we host a dialogue with others in our own work?
Emma Meehan is Research Fellow at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research, UK. She co-edited Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Performance and Practice with Aoife McGrath (Palgrave 2018); and Performing Process; Sharing Dance and Chorographic Process (Intellect 2018) with Hetty Blades. She is Associate Editor for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. She is currently working on an AHRC Research Networking Award for research on ‘Somatic practice, chronic pain and self-care technology’.

18:00 – 19:30 | A Watery ‘We’? | Félicie Kertudo

This research addresses the dynamics of watery spaces. It draws on an (auto)ethnographic research method and by making art installations, using the concept of embodiment. Swimming is apprehended here as a somatic practice that holds a potential for community-making. There is an emphasis on introspective processes, the Skin being taken here as a field of exploration, erasing the Mind/Body dualism. Phenomenology is found throughout the literature framework, highlighting the notions of subconscious, unconscious and psychosomatics.
Félicie Kertudo is a recent Royal College of Art graduate, where she was enrolled as a MRes Arts & Humanities student, coming from a history and political sciences background. She spent many months exploring the dynamics of Women-Only spaces through a Watery (auto)ethnographic case study of the Kenwood Ladies Pond, Hampstead Heath, London. Using her own diseased Skin as a key interface between her Body and its natural surroundings throughout the research journey, Kertudo calls for a better representation of the diversity of bodily subjectivities. She is focusing on key philosophical theories such as ‘Ecofeminism’, ‘Hydrofeminism’ and ‘Phenomenology’. Her work has been exhibited in art galleries and she has been leading some reading groups and other events.

18:00 – 19:30 | Dancing My Scoliosis: An Autoethnographic Story | Weronika Grantham

In this presentation, based upon an autoethnographic study, I tell my personal story of experiencing a disabling diagnosis of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and its consequences, as well as my recovery. For me, coming back to well-being is a process of re-gaining my bodily subjectivity, as well as re-finding empowerment through experiencing my living, moving body. It is also a story of counter-acting an objectifying medical diagnosis through dance and somatic movement practices.
Weronika Grantham is a lecturer-researcher at the Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education, Warsaw, Biała Podlaska, Poland. She is also a Somatic Movement Educator, registered with ISMETA, a yoga teacher and a creative movement artist. Ejgil Jespersen is an educated psychologist and professor at the Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education, Warsaw, Biała Podlaska, Poland. Author of numerous papers in the field of phenomenology of the body, sport and culture.

18:00 – 19:30 | DIRtywork | Rosalind Crisp

A 40-minute performance lecture about DIRt (Dance In Regional disaster zones), a collaborative Australian project that asks how dance might embody, understand and connect to the unfolding extinction crisis in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia by conducting dance research in two remote devastated forest sites. How does my choreographic practice of responding to how things are constantly changing in my body create the conditions for a bodily-choreographic responsiveness to these damaged places?
Rosalind Crisp is a senior Australian dance artist. In 2016 France awarded her a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. In 1996 she founded the Omeo Dance studio, home to experimental dance in Sydney for ten years. Invited to Paris in 2003, she became the first choreographic associate of the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson. Over thirty years she has generated numerous works informed by her rigorous and experimental engagement with the materiality of the body.

18:00 – 19:30 | Somatic Ergonomics: Reconfiguring Bodily Space | Peilin Liang

Through ageing and occupationally damaged bodies in performance, I argue that a pro-body aesthetics is fundamental to generating and sustaining care in community engaged theatre projects. Such aesthetics is concerned with adopting a body-centric approach to making community-engaged theatre and arts. In this talk/workshop, I propose somatic ergonomics as a central concept to advance pro-body aesthetics. It is concerned with translating the relationship between the performer and their body from a work into a work-care relationship.
Peilin Liang is Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include performance pedagogy, applied theatre, and the body as a medium of knowledge production and transmission. She has published with Theatre Research International, Performance Research, Theatre Topics, Research in Drama Education, and Contemporary Theatre Review. Her most recent publication includes a monograph, Bodies and Transformance in Taiwanese Contemporary Theatre (Routledge, 2019).

20:00 – 20:30 | Listening Piece – Sounds of Touching | Jana Maria Köder

In the work “Listening piece – sounds of touching” hearing – as inner seeing – is made the starting point of an action. The work asks how contemporary dance can be experienced non-visually. And what qualities of the reception of bodybased performance arise when the experience of such a moment happens without seeing. The performance invites to a sensual journey which is taken without the compass of the eyes but with all the senses.
Jana Maria Köder is a freelance artist and a studied art mediator with focus on contemporary art, memory culture and dance – based in Berlin. Her mediation practice moves at the interface of dialogic art mediation and body-based performance. Her artistic practice – performative / sculptural / installative – touches the soul of things and transforms applied poetry into sensual situations. Her works search for authentic experiences in artificial framing.

20:30 – 21:15 | What’s so funny? | Iwona Wojnicka

The stage performance presents a situation where the individual is faced with multiple incentives from the outer world, where the outside is in contradiction with the inside of the individual, where the instinct of adaptation is a struggle on a bodily level. The performance is based on the artist’s sketchbook with various ideas, notes, pictures, objects, numbers, stories and situations. It is inspired by Yuval Noah Harari’s book ‘Sapiens. A brief History of Humankind’ . It combines Ausdruckstanz, spoken dance, Logomotion and Andrew Morish improvisation techniques freely flirting with the idea of choreographic collage by David Gordon.
Iwona Wojnicka is an independent stage artist, dancer and choreographer who has a special affection for early Ausdruckstanz and is especially interested in the transnational history of movement vocabulary. She researches the limits of remake and re-composition in choreography and has been developing a theory of choreographic response. Her extensive Practice as Research in Dance has resulted in several stage and site-specific productions under the common name of The Warsaw Museum of Dance. Iwona Wojnicka holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Warsaw. Since 2003 she is the leader of The Format Zero Art Collective and Association. Her dance biography includes three main phases: 2010 – 2016 Laban; 2003 – 2010 Butoh and 1996 – 2001 Physical Mime.

21:15 – | Dancing Utopia | Neta Pulvermacher

An immersive event limited to 30 participants at a time, offering participants a ride through the utopian/dystopian world of the children’s houses – where generations of kibbutz children were raised communally (from the 1930s until the late 1990s). We will embody the ideals at the root of the Kibbutz communal childrearing and the utopian quest for a more perfect, just society/world, where it was hoped that a new, better human being will emerge.
Neta Pulvermacher was born in Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan, Israel. A Juilliard graduate, MFA from Hollins University.   Served as an associate professor at the University of Florida and taught at Princeton University and Barnard College among others. She founded the Neta Dance Company in NYC in 1987 and moved back to Israel in 2013 after 31 years in NYC to become Dean of Dance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She pioneered a city specific project, “Body, Dance, Site”, exploring the multiple narratives of Jerusalem to premiere in April 2019. Neta’s work has been supported by the NEA, NYFA, Jerome Foundation, Meet The Composer, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs among others. Awards include: Dance Magazine Foundation, Bessie Schonberg special choreography award, UF Teacher of the Year, and a special recognition by the White House in 2006.

// Saturday, 16th NOVEMBER 2019

11:00 – 12:30 | Body Invocation | Kai Ehrhardt

An invocation is calling on the wisdom of something that is larger than what we know or understand. When it comes to the complexity of bodily processes and the intelligence that drives and evolves them, we actually know very little. From a somatic perspective it appears that nature’s diverse history is somehow folded into our bodies. Can we access a tiny bit of our internal adaptation archives through sensate awareness? Can we surrender to something in us that knows already what resources or skills need to be tapped? Be it Jellyfish, insects, bats or tigers – do we carry a species inclusive library – a cellular information broadband inside ourselves? How could that “library” inform our actions? Lets explore!
Kai Ehrhardt is a breath therapist based on Prof. Ilse Middendorf’s work, a Continuum teacher, holds the German Heilpraktiker license for psychotherapy and co-founded the Somatic Academy of Berlin. He created “Authentic Eros – Explorations for Men” and curates the festivals “STRETCH” and “BODY IQ”. He believes that the conscious body and an expanded understanding of Eros constitute crucial elements in our evolution toward an integral way of life. Kai teaches since 2002 across Europe and in the US

11:00 – 12:30 | Narratives of Embodiment: Decolonializing Dance Histories (Talk), Danced Stories (Workshop) | Funmi Adewole

Funmi Adewole will present a talk and a workshop. The talk, ‘Narratives of Embodiment’ will argue the decoloniality of dance histories which engage with the embodied experiences of choreographers and dancers using African and diaspora forms. The workshop, ‘Dancing stories’ will use principles from storytelling – posture, persona, sensory awareness as a starting point for improvised dancing and self exploration.
Funmi Adewole began her career in performance when she relocated from Nigeria to Britain in the 1990s. She holds a masters degree in Postcolonial Studies from Goldsmiths College and PhD in Dance Studies from De Montfort University where she now lectures. She continues to perform as a storyteller and practice as a dance dramaturge mainly with choreographers who draw from social dance forms or work in a cross disciplinary context.

11:00 – 12:30 | Radical Presence: Trauma-informed Embodiment | Christa Cocciole

The workshop explores how we and the people we work with can move on from an extreme experience or traumatising event to discover new opportunities within our embodied presence. We will physically experience how our inner and outer movements are connected and how they can become a source of healing and connection.
Christa weaves her skills as a Dancer and Choreographer into her work as a Body Oriented Systemic Therapist with a specialty in Trauma. Currently she is working in an adult psychiatric clinic in Berlin as well as in her private Practice and teaching Embodiment internationally. She integrates her therapeutic as well as artistic experience and spiritual practice in an approach she coined “Radical Presence – moving with playful compassion”.

11:00 – 12:30 | Zooming into the Body’s Fractal Dimension | Heike Kuhlmann

“The essence is hidden from the eyes“ Endoscopic video technology makes it possible to see a highly organized, seemingly chaotic fibrillar network that stretches and connects the body all the way into the cells. Following the motto of the little prince, we zoom into this invisible, though tangible inner fluid that constantly reorganizing, absorbing and transmitting structure that gives us shape as well as the possibility to rise from gravity and move in space.
Dancer, choreographer, SME/SMT(Dipl IBMT), political/visionary being, interested in the intersection of somatics, art and politics, part of the Global Water Dances Performance Collective Berlin since 2010.

13:00 – 14:30 | Cultivating Biophilic Consciousness | Satu Palokangas

Life evolves and thrives in relationship. How can the understanding of symbiotic, evolutionary strategies further define processes of embodiment? How do groups form and selves thrive as part of nestled ecosystems? Gleaning from my eco-somatic research and utilizing Body-Mind Centering explorations of immune & sub-cellular systems, I wish to share questions, curiosities and eco-somatic approaches for making art and life in the era of climate catastrophe.
Satu Palokangas (FIN) is a certified Teacher and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, Dynamic Embodiment Practitioner, ISMETA registered Somatic Movement Educator & Therapist and holds MA in Live Art and Performance Studies. She has taught somatic methods since 1997 and currently teaches eco-somatics, embodied anatomy, developmental movement and somatic movement therapy at a Dance Movement Therapy Training in Finland and in the University of the Arts in Helsinki.

13:00 – 14:30 | Finding Healing with Culture | Nadine Martinez

Presenting the need of using somatic approaches to communities that are labeled at risk, under resource, and marginalized by society. How to utilize trauma informed practice with a culture specific sensitivity and perspective. Empathy as a most! 1. Somatic education philosophy allows the “Dismembering mind-body dualism in pursuit of personal autonomy.” (Xie Qingya Phyllips). Therefore, as dance professionals we need to validate culture and folklore as a somatic tool. 2. Planning and guiding practice with an equity and diversity lens. 3. Exploring trust amplifiers via movement. 4. Expanding the notion of “how” somatic movement looks like…Present a variety of cultural dances that use somatic experience: from Bomba (Dance from Puerto Rico) to Hip Hop.
The human condition and her cultural heritage are two of the main subjects represented on Nadine Martinez pieces. A choreographer and dancer, Nadine makes use of dance-theater elements to open a window for the audiences into their own humanity. Nadine is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a BA in Dance and an MA in European Dance-Theater from the Laban Centre, London. An advocate for the arts and arts education as acts of social justice, Nadine works and talks have been presented at events in the US, Mexico, the UK and Puerto Rico.Currently, Nadine is the artistic director of her own Dance-Theater company, “Proyecto 3er Espacio” and Director of the Arts at West End House, Boys and Girls Club of America.

13:00 – 14:30 | Social Stewardship & Sustainability in Somatic Dance with Elder Citizens | Jenny Coogan

Through dancing and discussing together, this lecture-workshop offers insights into the community ensemble ArtRose, whose practice addresses relational, collaborative processes of social exchange, and a cooperatively formed aesthetic experience of dancing. Sourcing from the Feldenkrais Method we address the creative and artistic potentialities of community dance in a horizontal affective realm- negotiating, transforming, and renewing as a self-sustaining ecology. Form is emergent within the field of human relations in a quality of embodied resonance.
Works as a dance artist for and is professor for contemporary dance at the Palucca University in Dresden. Since 2001 she maintains a private practice as a certified Feldenkrais practitioner. In 2011 she founded the community dance ensemble, ArtRose. Coogan studied at the Juilliard School and is currently a doctoral candidate at Coventry University. Her research investigates the potentialities of somatically informed learning with dance with people of all ages. She is editor of the book: Practicing Dance: A Somatic Orientation.

16:00 – 17:30 | Along the Lines | Eva Karzcag & Bettina Neuhaus

In the lecture/performance ‘Along the lines’, we invite the audience into an interactive encounter. We share personal narratives of seminal experiences that shaped the trajectories of our particular histories and artistic paths. Taking place within the historical context of post-Judson dance, they reflect our individual methodologies, both of which are rooted in our on-going engagement and practice within somatic approaches. Our stories reveal the multi-dimensional nature of our journeys, and a mesh of connections that has allowed inspiration and knowledge to flow between places, people and times.
Eva Karczag: practices, teaches, and advocates for explorative methods of dance making informed by dance improvisation and mindful body practices. Teaches at major colleges and studios throughout USA, Europe and Australia. Has an MFA (Dance Research Fellow, Bennington College, VT); was on the faculty of European Dance Development Center, Arnhem, Netherlands; certified Alexander Technique teacher. Member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (1979-85); since mid-1980s, functions as an independent dance artist, performing solo and collaborative work internationally. Bettina Neuhaus: independent dance artist and certified Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) teacher. She has been working internationally in the field of performance for 3 decades, collaborating with dancers, musicians, visual artists, poets and philosophers. Has an MA (Dance Creative Practice) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire London and an MA equivalent (Music/Movement) from Folkwang University of Arts, Essen. Teaches SRT and Instant Composition extensively at major academies and studios across Europe and South America. Neuhaus and Karczag have been working together for over 10 years on performance projects, lectures and co-teaching workshops.

16:00 – 17:30 | Clitoral Embodiment | Nicole Bindler

The embryology of the genitalia represents an unexplored frontier in Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®). Unlike its embryological corollary, the penis, the clitoris is absent from most illustrated anatomy texts. Clitoral Embodiment remedies the inattention paid to female and non-binary genital development by presenting a framework for embodying multiple potentials for sex and gender expressions through imagery, movement, and embryological study, with an emphasis on invagination over penetration. People of all genders are welcome.
Nicole Bindler’s performance work and teaching have been presented at festivals and intensives throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Europe, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, Mexico City, and Quito. She has taught at Temple University, University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her writing has been published in Critical Correspondence, Contact Quarterly, Emergency Index, Jewish Currents, BMC® Currents, Curate This, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, and thINKingDANCE. She currently serves on the Earthdance Board of Directors.

16:00 – 17:30 | Embodying Rhythms and Membranes as Pathways to Social Change | Martha Eddy

We are predominantly water. Explore healthy rhythms of circulating fluids to be responsive in bodymind. Experience BodyMind Dancing’s Fluid Phrase: moving cellular, lymphatic, blood, cerebrospinal fluid, relating to learning, moods and behavior. Discover the membranes as containers and tougher with fluid play with Laban’s concepts of freeing and controlling flow. Access membranes to explore boundaries/borders. Experience permeability as an encounter of flow and resistance in reality and as metaphors for relationships with individuals and groups.
Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD, advocate of Somatic Movement Education & Therapy, author of Mindful Movement the Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action and published lecturer on neuro-motor development & social justice is founder of BodyMind Dancing. She created the first Somatic Movement Therapy Training (SMTT); SMTT is now rebranded as the Dynamic Embodiment SMT (DE-SMT). Her somatic studies began in the 1970s working directly with Irmgard Bartenieff & Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

16:00 – 17:30 | To Feel Our Fat: Gifts from the Underbelly | Jules Pashall

We live in a culture obsessed with eradicating fat. Rarely do we come to fat as part of our body that can be explored as a resource. What gets lost to us as movers, artists and healers when we are not in connection with our fat? Using practices and values from somatic psychotherapy, fat activism, disability justice and theatre of the oppressed, this workshop will focus on contacting fat as a source of generative energy.
Jules Pashall is a white, fat, genderqueer, and Jewish somatic therapist and performance artist currently living in Oakland, California. Jules is completing their master’s degree in Somatic Psychotherapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies and recently published “thank god i’m fat: gifts from the underbelly,” a chapter in Diverse Bodies, Diverse Perspectives: Towards a More Inclusive Somatics, edited by Don Hanlon Johnson. Jules is passionate about individual healing as a tool for collective liberation.

18:00 – 19:30 | Be sensual. Be scratchy. Be persistent. Show Up | Andrea Haenggi

This Performance Lecture in form of a Workshop is on the margin of being a Somatic Movement Training and an Academic Paper. Unloved plants we often call weeds will be our guides, mentors, collaborators for expanding somatic movement practice to reach a future of the human that is more-than-human. The training has three somatic practice offshoots entangled with poetic comments from plants that will inform a discussion of theories such as Michael Marder’s philosophy of vegetal life.
Andrea Haenggi (CH/USA) has a research-based creative practice she calls Ethnochoreobotanography that employs her roles as an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, dancer, embodied scientist, somatic movement educator (CMA/RSMT) and EPA agent. Her sensual-bodily-tough works confront audiences with a world beyond humans. She is on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York, holds an MFA in Creative Practice from Transart Institute/Plymouth University UK and is a Swiss Canton Solothurn Dance Prize 2008 recipient.

18:00 – 19:30 | Embodiment in Business, and the Business of the Body | Mark Walsh

How to bring somatics to business and other mainstream groups. Common mistakes to avoid, how to sell somatics, simple embodied business coaching tools, clear language, cross-cultural best practice, marketing for people who hate marketing, etc. A playful, provocative, practical flounce through what works with non-hippies. We’ will also look at the business of embodiment and how to make more money doing what you love. Expect useful stuff, irreverent jokes and probably some swearing, flirting and dead unicorns.
Mark Walsh has dedicated his life to embodied learning. He founded the Embodied Facilitator Course, Embodied Yoga Principles, The Embodiment Podcast and The Embodiment Conference. He has taught in fifty countries and made embodiment available online through a YouTube channel that has over 13 million hits. He has a degree in psychology, 20 years yoga experience, an aikido black-belt and has trained with various body-mind masters and in various approaches, including Non Violent Communication, body psychotherapy and meditation. His corporate clients have included Ikea, Unilever, L’Oreal, Virgin Atlantic, Shell and The House of Lords. He has also worked with peace and trauma projects in Israel/Palestine, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Brazil, East Africa and with the Sierra Leonian Army.

18:00 – 19:30 | Extended Somatics and the Digital | Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux

This workshop explores movement and media generation (sound, tactile interactivity) through sensortized wearables designed to help the mover experience, enjoy, and examine various proprioceptive and haptic engagements with what we call “kinetic atmospheres” (kimospheres) or augmented environments in which mediums such a video, sound, light, objects and armatures and alive and apprehended. The kinetic atmospheres are physically and sensorially immersive, encouraging diverse modes of embodied “handling”, orienting, interacting and echolocating (this workshop is open to all and welcomes participants with disabilities), but also will give time for movers to reflect on peripheralities, on not seeing or knowing, on different materialities of space and virtual space, and on (not)being/feeling inside oneself. Immersive choreographies imply an active use of such knowledge as can be gained in experimental aural and haptic architectures (if available, VR headsets with virtual landscapes and eco-systems are added to test ideas about “augmented virtuality” and “out of body” experiences). Thus, new and challenging questions arise about the material affect of moving between real + virtual spaces and connecting with environments through intersensory translations.
Johannes Birringer is a choreographer and media artist; he co-directs the Design and Performance-Lab at Brunel University London where he is a Professor of Performance Technologies in the School of Arts. He has created numerous dance-theatre works, video installations and digital projects in collaboration with artists in Europe, the Americas, China, and Japan, and has taught dance-technology workshops all art venues across the world, including EMPAC (New York), Performance Space (Sidney) and KAIST (Seoul). His digital oratorio Corpo, Carne e Espírito, created with composer Paulo C. Chagas, premiered in Brazil at the FIT Theatre Festival (2008). DAP-Lab’s interactive dance-work Suna no Onna was featured at festivals in London (2007-08); the mixed-reality installation UKIYO went on European tour in 2010. The futurist dance opera for the time being (Victory over the Sun) premiered at Sadler’s Wells in London, 2014. A series of immersive dance installations, metakimospheres, began touring in Europe in 2015-18. His film-concert Sisyphus of the Ear (music by Paulo C. Chagas) premiered in Ufa and Moscow (2016) and has traveled widely, most recently to Beijing, China (October 2018). Ephemeral Edgespace (metakimosphre no. 6), a ritual dance performance-installation, with Haein Song and Claudia Robles Angel, was shown at ISEA 2018 at Durban City Hall, South Africa. He is founder of Interaktionslabor, a media lab located in a disused German coal mine, and has spearheaded new transdisciplinary dance-research projects, including the books Dance and Cognition (2005), Dance and Choreomania (2011), and Things that dance (2019). Website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/dap +++Michèle Danjoux is a fashion designer, experienced educator and co-director of DAP-Lab (http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/arch.html). Her academic positions have included: Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Fashion and Bodywear at De Montfort University and Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University. Currently she is Research Coordinator at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Danjoux’s artistic interests centre on design through and as performance, and involve collaboration with dancers, choreographers, musicians and media artists. In 2018, Danjoux was awarded a PhD by the London College of Fashion for her investigations into Design in Motion: Choreosonic Wearables in Performance, an interrogation of the interrelations of body, movement, sound and garment in the generation and exploration of “sounding” costumes to be worn in mediatised performance. She has presented her work at international conferences, published in peer-reviewed journals and her designs have been performed at Kibla Multimedijski Centre, Slovenia; MediaLab Prado, Madrid, Spain; Le Cube, Centre Création Numérique, Paris; Watermans Art Centre and Sadler’s Wells, London.

18:00 – 19:30 | Moving Thought: Addressing Problems of Disconnect | Trude Cone

Moving with ‘others’ to distinguish self. There are an increasing number of people world wide that are disconnected, stressed, having immature functional as well as organizational patterns that are stopping them from taking action and dealing with or actually even recognizing the global ethical and ecological crisis that the world is facing. Somatic practices could have more impact if they would incorporate in their work the sequence of early movement vocabulary that forms the foundation for perception, organizing, participation, communication and thinking. What we do is what we pattern. We have more potential than what we are using. I propose that the over emphasis and placement of self is contributing to this disconnect.
Trude Cone lives in Amsterdam and has worked at the Amsterdam University for the Arts for 40 years. She is a Body Mind Centering practitioner, Neuro Physiological Psychological therapist, and Rhythmical Movement consultant. The last 12 years she is the counselor for students with stress and or functional related organizational problems that are interfering with their studies. She developed a counseling method Moving Thought: the hidden choreography influencing our lives which includes a movement class as well as counseling traject to help get them moving and organizing again. She also teaches workshops in this method for professionals in Europe.

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11:00 – 12:30 | Bodily Micro-practices or Reimagining Space | Nathalie S. Fari

The performative lecture ‘bodily micro-practices’ reflects upon the idea of considering the public space of a city as a ‘third body’, as a ‘skeleton’ surrounded by a porous, malleable and resilient skin that is constantly being shaped by other bodies. By using one’s own body as a medium for experiencing this metaphorical space, the main question is to what extent it can be fully ‘embodied’ by working not only with the somatic principles of sensing, listening, touching and affecting, but also by enhancing an environmental awareness.
Working across the fields of performative arts, artistic research and somatics, Nathalie S. Fari’s main research focus is in exploring the relationship between the body and space through the notions of site specificity, embodiment, mapping and translation. Having explored several movement practices, from dance to acrobatics, to improvisation, to yoga (she is certified in the ashtanga vinyasa yoga system) and lately conscious dance, Nathalie is currently doing a PhD on the topic of performer training for a site specific performance practice at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.

11:00 – 12:30 | Somatics & Symmathesy | Sandra Reeve

‘Symmathesy’ is a term coined by Nora Bateson (2016) which describes the process of contextual, mutual learning through interaction that takes place in and between living entities.Ecological discourses urgently advocate a change of attitude and re-education to shift behaviors. But these discourses do not necessarily reflect on how bodies can be trained to reconnect with a corporeal, embodied sense of themselves as ‘part of’ an interconnected environment rather than as ‘apart’, with a fixed sense of self and attempting to control the environment. In this workshop I propose to introduce ways of moving which address these issues through movement and reflection.
Sandra Reeve is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK where she completed her doctoral thesis on the Ecological Body. ‘Move into Life’ is her annual programme of autobiographical and environmental movement workshops which stimulate her movement research in complexity thinking, sustainability and performance. She both facilitates and creates small-scale ecological events. She is a movement psychotherapist and supervisor.

11:00 – 12:30 | Weaving Speculative Fiction with Fascia | Dörte Weig

How is your fascia, your connective tissue, today? The fascial system is made up of many different and fascinating tissue types, and new camera and visualization technologies enable these current discoveries to enter into the public sphere. How can we use this new knowledge to inspire speculative fiction about sustainable human futures? How can awareness of the diversity, viscosity and plasticity of fascial materialities weave us into a culture of somatic human-non-human with-ness?
Doerte Weig’s fascination is to uncover how the different facets of human physicality relate to socio-political transformation. Doerte has a PhD in social anthropology and experience researching about and with moving-sensing bodies: for example with hunter-gatherers, dancers, movement meditation practitioners, and castellers (builders of human towers). Doerte believes that we cannot think the future of education, work, or future societies without taking into account the sensoriality of our moving bodies.

13:00 – 14:30 | Human Origami – An Embryological Journey | Glenna Batson & Susan Sentler

Each of us bears the imprint of the other and an-other – something yet unknown and located deeply in our embodiment. Human Origami is a somatic, improvisational movement practice in bodily folding. Co-created by Sentler and Batson, Human Origami explores the Möbius strip of movement that never arrives, nor finishes. The improvisational movement process opens somatic options for freeing the soma from default responses. Here, movers can find multiple pathways of traversing cultures and obliterating boundaries.
For four decades, Glenna Batson has advanced multi-disciplinary approaches to embodiment studies as catalysts for artistic growth, teaching, performance and wellness. Her scholarly writings and research bridge across multiple disciplines, articulating points of correspondence between dance, somatic movement arts, embodied cognitive science and phenomenology. Professor emeritus of physical therapy (Winston-Salem State University USA) and a Fulbright Senior Specialist, Glenna currently is an independent teacher in dance and somatic education. She co-created Human Origami with Susan Sentler as practice research to support a trans-disciplinary perspective on the performative (www.humanorigami.com). She is the author of Body and Mind in Motion, Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation, and editor/contributor to Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives. Susan Sentler is a dance artist working as choreographer, teacher, researcher, director, dramaturge and performer. Former member of the Martha Graham Ensemble and senior lecturer with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (18 years), Susan has taught and performed globally for over 30 years. Susan’s multidisciplinary installations speak of a honed somatic relationship to image. She currently is a lecturer in the School of Dance & Theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

13:00 – 14:30 | Moving Voices-Somatics, Identity and Interculturalism | Celia Weiss Bambara & Jana Schmueck

Drawing upon the histories of Anna Halprin, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and Africanist somatic knowledges we will share our adapted tool kit for generating interconnections in movement and making. This workshop would emphasize the artist’s use of decisions to guide the development of improvisational structures and scores that would express a sense of internal democracy generated through trusting the body, listening to others and then responding. We will engage collaborative ways of working in a process-oriented way.
Celia Weiss Bambara is the artistic director of the CCBdance Project. Her practice-based work intersects choreography, improvisation and movement research in contemporary and African diasporic practices through the lenses of inter-culturalism, race, travel, diaspora, and translation. She is an assistant professor of dance at UNC Asheville. Jana Schmueck co-founded Prospect Dance Company with Anne Dietrich. Since 2014 they are artistic directors and founders of TanzART. TanzART is a center for contemporary dance in East Germany, offering classes, workshops, artist in residence programs, performances, and productions with a focus of intercultural and international exchange. As a freelance dancer she performed at festivals in Ludwigshafen, the Centre National de la Danse -CND in Paris, Movimentos, the Ecole des Sables / Senegal and the Festival ” Un pas vers avant” Côte d’Ivoire or Via Thea

13:00 – 14:30 | Performative Strategies for Artivists: Environmental Protest Work | Tiago Gambogi

Drawing on Tiago’s extensive experience in creating and delivering transdisciplinary and artivist projects, participants will investigate compare and create physical and intellectual strategies for ‘breaking the normal’ in sites of eco crisis and conflict. They will look at how to both theorize and create transdisciplinary art/activism ‘artivism’, drawing from diverse disciplines: dance, theatre, clowning, play, anthropology, improvisation and philosophy to create short performances at the end of the workshop.
Tiago Gambogi is a Brazilian contemporary dancer, actor, clown, pole artist, director, choreographer, artivist, researcher and teacher, working for over 20 years in the UK, Brazil and internationally. His transdisciplinary holistic work encompasses improvisational contemporary dance, clowning, performance art and site-specific art approaches to create a powerful new artistic hybrid form dealing with the performative and the non-performative in pursuit of new creative responses and a dialogue with companies involved in socio-environmental crises.

13:00 – 14:30 | The Future of Somatics – ISMETA Roundtable Conversation | Elisa Cotroneo

Join with your Somatic Movement colleagues and imagine the future of our emerging profession. This interactive conversation will focus on the topics most relevant to the community.Potential topics include:•Creating Collaborative Partnerships•Expanding recognition of the profession and the good work we do•Riding the wave of embodiment practices•Certification of Practitioners•Accreditation of Schools•Standards and Competencies
Elisa Cotroneo is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist and Executive Director of ISMETA. In practice for over 40 years, she has worked extensively within private practice and schools creating workshops, retreats and online courses focusing on creativity, imagination and experiential embodied education. Elisa passion for embodied spirituality has been inspired by many of the somatic pioneers and through her work with indigenous elders from across the Americas, India and Tibet.

16:00 – 17:30 | Begotten Bodies: Greeting Our Ancestors | Aida Curtis

Ancestors live in gesture; in the ways that we shape and bridge to the world; in felt streams of sensation and the stories we construct from those streams. Honoring and reclaiming one’s history are acts of love and resurrection. This practice rises to address the felt experience of colonization, current and historical trauma, environmental destruction, and the imposition of mechanized metaphors upon the body. These painful, systemic forces threaten a collective numbing and forgetting. Ancestral-movement work brings to life an antidote to this amnesia. The group will investigate themes of bodily memory and resilience through dyad and group work founded upon the principles of various somatic practices: including Laban / Bartenieff Movement Analysis, Developmental Movement, and Authentic Movement principles. Educational components from Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing work will facilitate understanding of our more than human ancestors, and how they might inform our present day experience.
Aida Curtis, CLMA, is an Iranian-American writer, performer and MA candidate in Somatic Psychotherapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. She has conducted research on the presentation of Fear and Femininity in the movement of murder victims in Dario Argento’s horror film Suspiria (1977), and presented this research at the European Pop Culture Conference in 2017. Her study of Laban / Bartenieff Movement Analysis and depth psychology have informed her reflections on embodied relationality, intergenerational trauma and intergenerational resilience. Aida currently teaches movement, writes about movement, and is training as a child-centered play-therapist in the UCSF Infant-Parent Program, Early Childhood Mental Health strand.

16:00 – 17:30 | Bodies, Materiality & Touch in Multi-Person Virtual Reality | Lisa May Thomas

I can offer a 45min talk which includes a 12min video documentary of VR participatory performance work ‘Figuring’ (2018). I can also offer a VR and dance-somatic workshop for 8 people or run a demo-installation for more people.
Lisa is a contemporary dance artist & film-maker. Trained at Laban, she delivers lectures & professional classes to universities, community & professional groups. Her dance-screen work has won international awards, presented at film festivals globally, on digital TV channels (BBC, Channel 4, ABC) & within community/education sectors (“There is a Shipwreck in My Bones”, presented in Taiwan and Shanghai as part of On Site Impromtus programme; “The Touch Diaries” presented at Arts and Health South West International Health and Wellbeing Conference). Lisa has worked extensively with digital technologies in performance & currently researching developing  a dance-somatic approach to multi-person interactive VR framework. Lisa is a Pervasive Media Studio resident and PhD candidate at the University of Bristol (UoB) joint between departments of theatre & computer science, as part of Dr. David Glowacki’s (DRG) cross-disciplinary research group. In 2017 she explored the VR framework through residencies at Arnolfini, The Science Museum London, Bath Spa University, Edge Arts & Modern Art Oxford. In 2016 she ran ‘’Dances with Avatars’’ with UoB, Interactive Scientific & Arnolfini; and took part in Motion Capture lab with Japanese company YCAM and Pervasive Media Studio (PMStudio). In 2015 ‘’The Touch Diaries’’ performance and film premiered at Edge Arts at the University of Bath & won awards at Lightmoves International Festival of Screendance. She served as choreographer-performer for multi-award winning sci-art-tech digital performance ‘’Hidden Fields’’ presented at Arnolfini, ZKM Germany; Barbican; Dance Digital; Brighton Digital Festival, Z-Space San Francisco, Stanford University.

16:00 – 17:30 | Men* Touching Men* | David Bloom

Men, especially cis-gendered ones, take up a lot of space and hold a lot of power over others in this world. But does power over always equal empowerment, and is it possible to be an ally to those less privileged from a place of personal groundedness and responsibility rather than apology? Can listening and receiving be sources of strength for men as well? This workshop proposes that the way men relate to each other has a strong effect on the way they relate to others, and that somatic work has an important role to play in offering a safe space to explore tenderness, sensuality, and mutual support between men, regardless of their gender or orientation. We consider the terms man*, male* and masculine* to be a matter of self-definition, and welcome anyone to this workshop who feels drawn to it.
David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, father, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, and tea collector. Graduated from the M.A. Choreography course at HZT Berlin. David has taught in many contexts, including HZT Berlin, Tanzquartier Vienna, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Human Architecture Lab in St. Petersburg, K3 in Hamburg, the Masters of Contemporary Dance Education in Frankfurt, the Rietveld Academy for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam, & the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. More info at: https://davidbloom.info

18:00 – 19:30 | Slow Motion | Peter Pleyer

The slow motion moving from rest will allow for expanded physical attention towards yourself, and the others present in the room, the house, the city, the world.
Peter is a dancer and choreographer living in Berlin, teaching and performing internationally. He is a co-founder of P.O.R.C.H. summer-education program at ponderosa-dance. His most recent performances were with Keith Hennessy and together with Jenniffer Lacy for Antonija Livingstone. Fake Healing was a regular practice during these projects as a warm-up and a deepening of the relationships between the performers, an exercise on beauty.

18:00 – 19:30 | Taking Turns | Jane Turner & Tim Taylor

How does the oscillation between I and we, experienced by an individual participating in shared creative dancing, and reflected in our quantum universe whose atoms are both matter and energy, resonate with philosopher Clément’s notion of syncope? The presentation will be situated within my practice as research into the scientific theory of Complexity as compositional model, and in particular through the Taking Turns project with older people undertaken with Tim Taylor in 2019.
Jane Turner began her performance career with the Scala Ballet, Barcelona, and has led TURNING WORLDS dance theatre company since 1990, creating performance and participatory projects. Jane’s research focuses on self-organizing systems as performance composition in interdisciplinary contexts. In 2018 this has involved collaboration with the beefriendlytrust, the creation of the CFC Cabaret for the Junction, Cambridge, work with Duckie cabaret producers and choreographer Rosemary Lee, and conference presentations at TaPRA Aberystwyth and PoPMoves, Paris.

18:00 – 19:30 | Writing Through, Between and Around Somatics | Sarah Whatley

This session will take a critical look at the first ten years of the Journal, Dance and Somatic Practices (JDSP), considering ways in which it has helped to advance body-based writing, influencing and contributing to other areas of dance research and practice. Intended to provide more visibility for practitioners and scholars in the field, and to develop a discourse that is daring, accessible and academically rigorous, this interactive session will explore what next for the Journal.
Sarah Whatley is Director of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University, UK. Her research focuses on somatics, smart learning environments for dancers, dance and disability, reimagining dance archives and dance documentation. She works often with artists, and experts in other disciplines, including law, anthropology, psychology, digital media and computing science. She is founding Editor of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and sits on the Editorial Boards of several other Journals. 

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Friday, 15th NOVEMBER 2019

11:00 – 12:30 | MEISA for Older Adults | Melissa C. Rolnick

MEISA (movement-exploration-imagination-sensation-awareness) is a contemplative, somatic practice for every- body that has been developing for the last 5 years. In the spring of 2018 MEISA was taught to older adults. Most participants had never considered movement as an opportunity for creative/art practice. Practitioners began to dialogue with their moving body, listening, sensing, responding. Living/breathing questions arose; what do I sense/feel and perceive? As practitioners moved towards greater self-realization, community unfolded.
Melissa C. Rolnick is a life-long dancer. Her teaching/movement practice have been informed by a life time in dance, somatic practice and movement forms including Yoga (Judith Lasater), Authentic Movement (Janet Adler, Dani Riggs), and more recently Gaga. She served on the faculty at Sonoma State University, Western Washington University, California State University Fresno, and Arizona State University. She currently is an associate professor at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, USA.

11:00 – 12:30 | Sharing | Beate Stühm

Awakening our body senses and feelings, we perform the basics of becoming alive through stretching, breathing, expanding our kinesthetic awareness and reaching out to meet others in the shared space. A drawing will make visible our experience of/through non-stylized movement and improvisation.This collective drawing serves as a choreographic outline. By sharing our embodied presence and unique expression we are part of and support the creation of a moving/dancing community space.
Beate Stühm has worked intensively with somatic embodiment practices in movement, dance, improvisation and voice since the early 1980’s.. Her training with Anna Halprin, San Francisco Dancers Workshop, USA, and her extensive practice Amerta Movement with Suprapto Suryodarmo in Indonesia, as well as Somatic Experiencing® are a sustaining inspiration. These trainings serve as the foundation of her work, which she brings into her teaching, research in universities, as well as workshops and performances.

11:00 – 12:30 | Sound Identities | Marion Evers

Man is thoroughly embedded in the sound identity of his environment, penetrated and coloured by the sound of space, the environment, by sounds of nature and culture, by words, conversations, chants, screams, laments… directly touched and shaped. If we close our ears and turn it around, we immerse ourselves in often unknown depths of the body’s own sounds that we are. Between the worlds, sound design happens. In this workshop we explore the individual timbres unfolded in these sound scapes and transform embodied autobiographical and collective structures back into music.
Marion Evers, M.A. theatre science, french studies and political sciences. director, yoga teacher and moderator BDY/EYU, triyoga teacher. She is the founder of the somatic academy berlin and the center for yoga and voice. Her main interest is focused on the interface of “body/leib” and voice in the context of art, healing art and scientific research.

11:00 – 12:30 | Tuning_In | Katja Münker

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Dancer/Choreographer/Researcher/Feldenkrais Practitioner/hiking guide. Trained as physiotherapist, studies and practice of contemporary dance, (contact-) improvisation and instant composition. Longterm experience in several somatic practices, professionally trained in Feldenkrais Method. Artistic works and research with the focus on the connection between somatic and choreographic practices as well as on walking. Regular national and international teaching, contributions for congresses and publications: Collaborations i.a. with AREAL_artistic research lab Berlin and part of the curating team of Somatic Academy Berlin.

13:00 – 14:30 | (Re-)embodying which Body? Reflections on Corporeality | Sian Sullivan

‘The body’ is ‘epistemically plural’ as well as politically situated. A diversity of corporealities – understood, experienced, and performed bodies – is thus always at play in worldly and world-making participations. Through spoken word/auto-ethnography and theoretical reflection, this contribution highlights the creative force of contradictions contained in the categories ‘the body’ and ‘corporeality’. In doing so it acknowledges complexity in any normative call for (re)embodiments resistant to the disembodying impetus of capitalist symbolic and material orders.
Sian Sullivan is Professor of Environment and Culture at Bath Spa University. She has published Political Ecology: Science, Myth and Power (2000), Contributions to Law, Philosophy and Ecology: Exploring Re-Embodiments (2016), and Valuing Development, Environment and Conservation: Creating Values that Matter (2018). Her current research engages oral history, childhood memories and diverse musics to explore socio-ecological pasts and diversities through a long-term collaboration with indigenous Dama / ≠Nūkhoen in west Namibia.

13:00 – 14:30 | Crossing the Void | Kate Sagovsky

We are defined by our spatial connections. How we relate to each other in space is the visible manifestation of our invisible beliefs and socialised hierarchies. This workshop uses a structure of guided exploration and improvisation to play with spatial dynamics. Together we will playfully uncover the fundamental offers and responses we each habitually make in space, and discover different ways of ‘crossing the void’ between us. Transformative new possibilities for being and relating emerge.
Kate is an artist specialising in somatics and live performance. Her work facilitates embodied experience to help people connect better to themselves, others, and the world. She is Artistic Director of performance company MOVING DUST and has worked as a movement specialist in many contexts, including at Shakespeare’s Globe, the RSC, the National Theatre. She is a qualified student teacher of Feldenkrais. Her first book ‘Laban’s Efforts in Action’ was published by Bloomsbury this year.

13:00 – 14:30 | Eco-equitability, Somatics & Contact Improvisation | Ethan (E.E.) Balcos

This movement workshop focuses on facilitating somatic-based concepts in Contact Improvisation, a movement practice that invites the moving body-mind to participate regardless of expertise, ability, gender, or cultural background. Finding stability and safety by exploring earth, gravity, and mass give all participants eco-equitability as touch and weight-sharing concepts are explored with earth, self, and others. Somatic practices blend well to contact improvisation enhancing high kinesthetic awareness allowing one move in an inclusive environment.
Ethan (E.E.) Balcos is Associate Professor of Dance at The University of North Carolina Charlotte, USA. He is a professional dancer, improvisor, and choreographer. He is actively exploring somatic movement as it applies to choreography, improvisation, and pedagogy. Balcos often collaborates with composers, musicians, and other artists to create interdisciplinary performances. Somatic conferences he has presented in include the Annual Body-Mind Centering Conference (Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen) and the Annual Somatic and Dance Conference (Bill Evans).

16:00 – 17:30 | Embodied Relating | Susi Rosenbohm

What are you currently noticing in your body* right now? What if everything we need to know about ourselves and how we want to live a meaningful and creative life is already in our bodies individually? What does all this have to do with feminism? We will work together to explore physical, mental and emotional body movements and touches and interactions with techniques by the Pantarei Approach and Authentic Relating.
Susi Rosenbohm works as a dance artist, pedagogue and body therapist within the Pantarei approach. She does not believe in the separation of art, therapy and life. That there is something like therapy just shows how we are structurally socially separated and conditioned by ourselves. On the basis of this, she understands her work rather to unlearn and / or to rediscover in the body what has always been there.

16:00 – 17:30 | Extending the flesh: Somatics as Relational Practices | Natalia Espinel & Catalina Hernandez-Cabal

This will be a space for reflecting upon and experiencing what we call ‘extended flesh,’ through a mixed-format presentation. We will share a durational process of exploring, through movement scores, somatic investigations of shared tensions and difficulties. The workshop will extend the investigation to participants, inviting them to their own exploration of scores emerging from questions like “Care about what you cannot understand,”; “Become an opening. How long and how far can you sustain it?”
Catalina Hernandez-Cabal Colombian-American artist, movement researcher and educator, currently pursuing a PhD in art education (University of illinois). An ongoing practitioner of contemporary dance/improvisation, she also teaches university introductory courses to art, and interdisciplinary movement-art workshops with different audiences. Her research focus on embodied and creative explorations of difference, and their connection to learning and political action.

16:00 – 17:30 | Listening, Writing, and Re-embodying: Poetry meets Movement
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Poet Alyson Hallett and dance artist Deborah Black dialogue between movement and poetry, asking ‘can writing take us deep into our bodies, create pathways to re-embodiment, knowing, and therefore re-empowerment?’ To locate our listening bodies, Deborah introduces the Six Viewpoints practice of presence inspired by choreographer, Mary Overlie. Alyson introduces writing exercises and an invitation to share what is written, to make known what is going on inside the body as it moves.
Alyson Hallett is a prize-winning poet whose latest collection is a collaboration with Penelope Shuttle, LZRD. Alyson has written drama for radio and television, and her work is carved into boulders and etched into windows. Research includes geographical intimacy and connections between body and language.Deborah Black is a dance and theatre artist, working in New York, Europe, and the UK. Research includes teaching and practicing The Six Viewpoints (Mary Overlie), collaboration and ecology.

16:00 – 17:30 | Somatic Principles for Hosting Dialogue | Emma Meehan

In this workshop, I will share my practice of hosting developed from somatic principles, responding to the conference call for sharing methods of compassionate action. I will reflect on the politics of hosting in somatic practices: as a field, who are we inviting in, how is it accessible, what do we expect from the exchange and how can we instigate a reciprocal dialogue? How do we host a dialogue with others in our own work?
Emma Meehan is Research Fellow at Coventry University’s Centre for Dance Research, UK. She co-edited Dance Matters in Ireland: Contemporary Performance and Practice with Aoife McGrath (Palgrave 2018); and Performing Process; Sharing Dance and Chorographic Process (Intellect 2018) with Hetty Blades. She is Associate Editor for the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices. She is currently working on an AHRC Research Networking Award for research on ‘Somatic practice, chronic pain and self-care technology’.

18:00 – 19:30 | A Watery ‘We’? | Félicie Kertudo

This research addresses the dynamics of watery spaces. It draws on an (auto)ethnographic research method and by making art installations, using the concept of embodiment. Swimming is apprehended here as a somatic practice that holds a potential for community-making. There is an emphasis on introspective processes, the Skin being taken here as a field of exploration, erasing the Mind/Body dualism. Phenomenology is found throughout the literature framework, highlighting the notions of subconscious, unconscious and psychosomatics.
Félicie Kertudo is a recent Royal College of Art graduate, where she was enrolled as a MRes Arts & Humanities student, coming from a history and political sciences background. She spent many months exploring the dynamics of Women-Only spaces through a Watery (auto)ethnographic case study of the Kenwood Ladies Pond, Hampstead Heath, London. Using her own diseased Skin as a key interface between her Body and its natural surroundings throughout the research journey, Kertudo calls for a better representation of the diversity of bodily subjectivities. She is focusing on key philosophical theories such as ‘Ecofeminism’, ‘Hydrofeminism’ and ‘Phenomenology’. Her work has been exhibited in art galleries and she has been leading some reading groups and other events.

18:00 – 19:30 | Dancing My Scoliosis: An Autoethnographic Story | Weronika Grantham

In this presentation, based upon an autoethnographic study, I tell my personal story of experiencing a disabling diagnosis of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis and its consequences, as well as my recovery. For me, coming back to well-being is a process of re-gaining my bodily subjectivity, as well as re-finding empowerment through experiencing my living, moving body. It is also a story of counter-acting an objectifying medical diagnosis through dance and somatic movement practices.
Weronika Grantham is a lecturer-researcher at the Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education, Warsaw, Biała Podlaska, Poland. She is also a Somatic Movement Educator, registered with ISMETA, a yoga teacher and a creative movement artist. Ejgil Jespersen is an educated psychologist and professor at the Józef Piłsudski University of Physical Education, Warsaw, Biała Podlaska, Poland. Author of numerous papers in the field of phenomenology of the body, sport and culture.

18:00 – 19:30 | DIRtywork | Rosalind Crisp

A 40-minute performance lecture about DIRt (Dance In Regional disaster zones), a collaborative Australian project that asks how dance might embody, understand and connect to the unfolding extinction crisis in East Gippsland, Victoria, Australia by conducting dance research in two remote devastated forest sites. How does my choreographic practice of responding to how things are constantly changing in my body create the conditions for a bodily-choreographic responsiveness to these damaged places?
Rosalind Crisp is a senior Australian dance artist. In 2016 France awarded her a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres. In 1996 she founded the Omeo Dance studio, home to experimental dance in Sydney for ten years. Invited to Paris in 2003, she became the first choreographic associate of the Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson. Over thirty years she has generated numerous works informed by her rigorous and experimental engagement with the materiality of the body.

18:00 – 19:30 | Somatic Ergonomics: Reconfiguring Bodily Space | Peilin Liang

Through ageing and occupationally damaged bodies in performance, I argue that a pro-body aesthetics is fundamental to generating and sustaining care in community engaged theatre projects. Such aesthetics is concerned with adopting a body-centric approach to making community-engaged theatre and arts. In this talk/workshop, I propose somatic ergonomics as a central concept to advance pro-body aesthetics. It is concerned with translating the relationship between the performer and their body from a work into a work-care relationship.
Peilin Liang is Assistant Professor of Theatre Studies at the National University of Singapore. Her research interests include performance pedagogy, applied theatre, and the body as a medium of knowledge production and transmission. She has published with Theatre Research International, Performance Research, Theatre Topics, Research in Drama Education, and Contemporary Theatre Review. Her most recent publication includes a monograph, Bodies and Transformance in Taiwanese Contemporary Theatre (Routledge, 2019).

20:00 – 20:30 | Listening Piece – Sounds of Touching | Jana Maria Köder

In the work “Listening piece – sounds of touching” hearing – as inner seeing – is made the starting point of an action. The work asks how contemporary dance can be experienced non-visually. And what qualities of the reception of bodybased performance arise when the experience of such a moment happens without seeing. The performance invites to a sensual journey which is taken without the compass of the eyes but with all the senses.
Jana Maria Köder is a freelance artist and a studied art mediator with focus on contemporary art, memory culture and dance – based in Berlin. Her mediation practice moves at the interface of dialogic art mediation and body-based performance. Her artistic practice – performative / sculptural / installative – touches the soul of things and transforms applied poetry into sensual situations. Her works search for authentic experiences in artificial framing.

20:30 – 21:15 | What’s so funny? | Iwona Wojnicka

The stage performance presents a situation where the individual is faced with multiple incentives from the outer world, where the outside is in contradiction with the inside of the individual, where the instinct of adaptation is a struggle on a bodily level. The performance is based on the artist’s sketchbook with various ideas, notes, pictures, objects, numbers, stories and situations. It is inspired by Yuval Noah Harari’s book ‘Sapiens. A brief History of Humankind’ . It combines Ausdruckstanz, spoken dance, Logomotion and Andrew Morish improvisation techniques freely flirting with the idea of choreographic collage by David Gordon.
Iwona Wojnicka is an independent stage artist, dancer and choreographer who has a special affection for early Ausdruckstanz and is especially interested in the transnational history of movement vocabulary. She researches the limits of remake and re-composition in choreography and has been developing a theory of choreographic response. Her extensive Practice as Research in Dance has resulted in several stage and site-specific productions under the common name of The Warsaw Museum of Dance. Iwona Wojnicka holds an MA in Sociology from the University of Warsaw. Since 2003 she is the leader of The Format Zero Art Collective and Association. Her dance biography includes three main phases: 2010 – 2016 Laban; 2003 – 2010 Butoh and 1996 – 2001 Physical Mime.

21:15 – | Dancing Utopia | Neta Pulvermacher

An immersive event limited to 30 participants at a time, offering participants a ride through the utopian/dystopian world of the children’s houses – where generations of kibbutz children were raised communally (from the 1930s until the late 1990s). We will embody the ideals at the root of the Kibbutz communal childrearing and the utopian quest for a more perfect, just society/world, where it was hoped that a new, better human being will emerge.
Neta Pulvermacher was born in Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan, Israel. A Juilliard graduate, MFA from Hollins University.   Served as an associate professor at the University of Florida and taught at Princeton University and Barnard College among others. She founded the Neta Dance Company in NYC in 1987 and moved back to Israel in 2013 after 31 years in NYC to become Dean of Dance at the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. She pioneered a city specific project, “Body, Dance, Site”, exploring the multiple narratives of Jerusalem to premiere in April 2019. Neta’s work has been supported by the NEA, NYFA, Jerome Foundation, Meet The Composer, Florida Division of Cultural Affairs among others. Awards include: Dance Magazine Foundation, Bessie Schonberg special choreography award, UF Teacher of the Year, and a special recognition by the White House in 2006.

Saturday, 16th NOVEMBER 2019

11:00 – 12:30 | Body Invocation | Kai Ehrhardt

An invocation is calling on the wisdom of something that is larger than what we know or understand. When it comes to the complexity of bodily processes and the intelligence that drives and evolves them, we actually know very little. From a somatic perspective it appears that nature’s diverse history is somehow folded into our bodies. Can we access a tiny bit of our internal adaptation archives through sensate awareness? Can we surrender to something in us that knows already what resources or skills need to be tapped? Be it Jellyfish, insects, bats or tigers – do we carry a species inclusive library – a cellular information broadband inside ourselves? How could that “library” inform our actions? Lets explore!
Kai Ehrhardt is a breath therapist based on Prof. Ilse Middendorf’s work, a Continuum teacher, holds the German Heilpraktiker license for psychotherapy and co-founded the Somatic Academy of Berlin. He created “Authentic Eros – Explorations for Men” and curates the festivals “STRETCH” and “BODY IQ”. He believes that the conscious body and an expanded understanding of Eros constitute crucial elements in our evolution toward an integral way of life. Kai teaches since 2002 across Europe and in the US

11:00 – 12:30 | Narratives of Embodiment: Decolonializing Dance Histories (Talk), Danced Stories (Workshop) | Funmi Adewole

Funmi Adewole will present a talk and a workshop. The talk, ‘Narratives of Embodiment’ will argue the decoloniality of dance histories which engage with the embodied experiences of choreographers and dancers using African and diaspora forms. The workshop, ‘Dancing stories’ will use principles from storytelling – posture, persona, sensory awareness as a starting point for improvised dancing and self exploration.
Funmi Adewole began her career in performance when she relocated from Nigeria to Britain in the 1990s. She holds a masters degree in Postcolonial Studies from Goldsmiths College and PhD in Dance Studies from De Montfort University where she now lectures. She continues to perform as a storyteller and practice as a dance dramaturge mainly with choreographers who draw from social dance forms or work in a cross disciplinary context.

11:00 – 12:30 | Radical Presence: Trauma-informed Embodiment | Christa Cocciole

The workshop explores how we and the people we work with can move on from an extreme experience or traumatising event to discover new opportunities within our embodied presence. We will physically experience how our inner and outer movements are connected and how they can become a source of healing and connection.
Christa weaves her skills as a Dancer and Choreographer into her work as a Body Oriented Systemic Therapist with a specialty in Trauma. Currently she is working in an adult psychiatric clinic in Berlin as well as in her private Practice and teaching Embodiment internationally. She integrates her therapeutic as well as artistic experience and spiritual practice in an approach she coined “Radical Presence – moving with playful compassion”.

11:00 – 12:30 | Zooming into the Body’s Fractal Dimension | Heike Kuhlmann

“The essence is hidden from the eyes“ Endoscopic video technology makes it possible to see a highly organized, seemingly chaotic fibrillar network that stretches and connects the body all the way into the cells. Following the motto of the little prince, we zoom into this invisible, though tangible inner fluid that constantly reorganizing, absorbing and transmitting structure that gives us shape as well as the possibility to rise from gravity and move in space.
Dancer, choreographer, SME/SMT(Dipl IBMT), political/visionary being, interested in the intersection of somatics, art and politics, part of the Global Water Dances Performance Collective Berlin since 2010.

13:00 – 14:30 | Cultivating Biophilic Consciousness | Satu Palokangas

Life evolves and thrives in relationship. How can the understanding of symbiotic, evolutionary strategies further define processes of embodiment? How do groups form and selves thrive as part of nestled ecosystems? Gleaning from my eco-somatic research and utilizing Body-Mind Centering explorations of immune & sub-cellular systems, I wish to share questions, curiosities and eco-somatic approaches for making art and life in the era of climate catastrophe.
Satu Palokangas (FIN) is a certified Teacher and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst, Dynamic Embodiment Practitioner, ISMETA registered Somatic Movement Educator & Therapist and holds MA in Live Art and Performance Studies. She has taught somatic methods since 1997 and currently teaches eco-somatics, embodied anatomy, developmental movement and somatic movement therapy at a Dance Movement Therapy Training in Finland and in the University of the Arts in Helsinki.

13:00 – 14:30 | Finding Healing with Culture | Nadine Martinez

Presenting the need of using somatic approaches to communities that are labeled at risk, under resource, and marginalized by society. How to utilize trauma informed practice with a culture specific sensitivity and perspective. Empathy as a most! 1. Somatic education philosophy allows the “Dismembering mind-body dualism in pursuit of personal autonomy.” (Xie Qingya Phyllips). Therefore, as dance professionals we need to validate culture and folklore as a somatic tool. 2. Planning and guiding practice with an equity and diversity lens. 3. Exploring trust amplifiers via movement. 4. Expanding the notion of “how” somatic movement looks like…Present a variety of cultural dances that use somatic experience: from Bomba (Dance from Puerto Rico) to Hip Hop.
The human condition and her cultural heritage are two of the main subjects represented on Nadine Martinez pieces. A choreographer and dancer, Nadine makes use of dance-theater elements to open a window for the audiences into their own humanity. Nadine is a graduate of the University of North Texas with a BA in Dance and an MA in European Dance-Theater from the Laban Centre, London. An advocate for the arts and arts education as acts of social justice, Nadine works and talks have been presented at events in the US, Mexico, the UK and Puerto Rico.Currently, Nadine is the artistic director of her own Dance-Theater company, “Proyecto 3er Espacio” and Director of the Arts at West End House, Boys and Girls Club of America.

13:00 – 14:30 | Social Stewardship & Sustainability in Somatic Dance with Elder Citizens | Jenny Coogan

Through dancing and discussing together, this lecture-workshop offers insights into the community ensemble ArtRose, whose practice addresses relational, collaborative processes of social exchange, and a cooperatively formed aesthetic experience of dancing. Sourcing from the Feldenkrais Method we address the creative and artistic potentialities of community dance in a horizontal affective realm- negotiating, transforming, and renewing as a self-sustaining ecology. Form is emergent within the field of human relations in a quality of embodied resonance.
Works as a dance artist for and is professor for contemporary dance at the Palucca University in Dresden. Since 2001 she maintains a private practice as a certified Feldenkrais practitioner. In 2011 she founded the community dance ensemble, ArtRose. Coogan studied at the Juilliard School and is currently a doctoral candidate at Coventry University. Her research investigates the potentialities of somatically informed learning with dance with people of all ages. She is editor of the book: Practicing Dance: A Somatic Orientation.

16:00 – 17:30 | Along the Lines | Eva Karzcag & Bettina Neuhaus

In the lecture/performance ‘Along the lines’, we invite the audience into an interactive encounter. We share personal narratives of seminal experiences that shaped the trajectories of our particular histories and artistic paths. Taking place within the historical context of post-Judson dance, they reflect our individual methodologies, both of which are rooted in our on-going engagement and practice within somatic approaches. Our stories reveal the multi-dimensional nature of our journeys, and a mesh of connections that has allowed inspiration and knowledge to flow between places, people and times.
Eva Karczag: practices, teaches, and advocates for explorative methods of dance making informed by dance improvisation and mindful body practices. Teaches at major colleges and studios throughout USA, Europe and Australia. Has an MFA (Dance Research Fellow, Bennington College, VT); was on the faculty of European Dance Development Center, Arnhem, Netherlands; certified Alexander Technique teacher. Member of the Trisha Brown Dance Company (1979-85); since mid-1980s, functions as an independent dance artist, performing solo and collaborative work internationally. Bettina Neuhaus: independent dance artist and certified Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) teacher. She has been working internationally in the field of performance for 3 decades, collaborating with dancers, musicians, visual artists, poets and philosophers. Has an MA (Dance Creative Practice) from Trinity Laban Conservatoire London and an MA equivalent (Music/Movement) from Folkwang University of Arts, Essen. Teaches SRT and Instant Composition extensively at major academies and studios across Europe and South America. Neuhaus and Karczag have been working together for over 10 years on performance projects, lectures and co-teaching workshops.

16:00 – 17:30 | Clitoral Embodiment | Nicole Bindler

The embryology of the genitalia represents an unexplored frontier in Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®). Unlike its embryological corollary, the penis, the clitoris is absent from most illustrated anatomy texts. Clitoral Embodiment remedies the inattention paid to female and non-binary genital development by presenting a framework for embodying multiple potentials for sex and gender expressions through imagery, movement, and embryological study, with an emphasis on invagination over penetration. People of all genders are welcome.
Nicole Bindler’s performance work and teaching have been presented at festivals and intensives throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Europe, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, Mexico City, and Quito. She has taught at Temple University, University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her writing has been published in Critical Correspondence, Contact Quarterly, Emergency Index, Jewish Currents, BMC® Currents, Curate This, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, and thINKingDANCE. She currently serves on the Earthdance Board of Directors.

16:00 – 17:30 | Embodying Rhythms and Membranes as Pathways to Social Change | Martha Eddy

We are predominantly water. Explore healthy rhythms of circulating fluids to be responsive in bodymind. Experience BodyMind Dancing’s Fluid Phrase: moving cellular, lymphatic, blood, cerebrospinal fluid, relating to learning, moods and behavior. Discover the membranes as containers and tougher with fluid play with Laban’s concepts of freeing and controlling flow. Access membranes to explore boundaries/borders. Experience permeability as an encounter of flow and resistance in reality and as metaphors for relationships with individuals and groups.
Martha Eddy, CMA, RSMT, EdD, advocate of Somatic Movement Education & Therapy, author of Mindful Movement the Evolution of the Somatic Arts and Conscious Action and published lecturer on neuro-motor development & social justice is founder of BodyMind Dancing. She created the first Somatic Movement Therapy Training (SMTT); SMTT is now rebranded as the Dynamic Embodiment SMT (DE-SMT). Her somatic studies began in the 1970s working directly with Irmgard Bartenieff & Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen.

16:00 – 17:30 | To Feel Our Fat: Gifts from the Underbelly | Jules Pashall

We live in a culture obsessed with eradicating fat. Rarely do we come to fat as part of our body that can be explored as a resource. What gets lost to us as movers, artists and healers when we are not in connection with our fat? Using practices and values from somatic psychotherapy, fat activism, disability justice and theatre of the oppressed, this workshop will focus on contacting fat as a source of generative energy.
Jules Pashall is a white, fat, genderqueer, and Jewish somatic therapist and performance artist currently living in Oakland, California. Jules is completing their master’s degree in Somatic Psychotherapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies and recently published “thank god i’m fat: gifts from the underbelly,” a chapter in Diverse Bodies, Diverse Perspectives: Towards a More Inclusive Somatics, edited by Don Hanlon Johnson. Jules is passionate about individual healing as a tool for collective liberation.

18:00 – 19:30 | Be sensual. Be scratchy. Be persistent. Show Up | Andrea Haenggi

This Performance Lecture in form of a Workshop is on the margin of being a Somatic Movement Training and an Academic Paper. Unloved plants we often call weeds will be our guides, mentors, collaborators for expanding somatic movement practice to reach a future of the human that is more-than-human. The training has three somatic practice offshoots entangled with poetic comments from plants that will inform a discussion of theories such as Michael Marder’s philosophy of vegetal life.
Andrea Haenggi (CH/USA) has a research-based creative practice she calls Ethnochoreobotanography that employs her roles as an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer, dancer, embodied scientist, somatic movement educator (CMA/RSMT) and EPA agent. Her sensual-bodily-tough works confront audiences with a world beyond humans. She is on the faculty of the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies in New York, holds an MFA in Creative Practice from Transart Institute/Plymouth University UK and is a Swiss Canton Solothurn Dance Prize 2008 recipient.

18:00 – 19:30 | Embodiment in Business, and the Business of the Body | Mark Walsh

How to bring somatics to business and other mainstream groups. Common mistakes to avoid, how to sell somatics, simple embodied business coaching tools, clear language, cross-cultural best practice, marketing for people who hate marketing, etc. A playful, provocative, practical flounce through what works with non-hippies. We’ will also look at the business of embodiment and how to make more money doing what you love. Expect useful stuff, irreverent jokes and probably some swearing, flirting and dead unicorns.
Mark Walsh has dedicated his life to embodied learning. He founded the Embodied Facilitator Course, Embodied Yoga Principles, The Embodiment Podcast and The Embodiment Conference. He has taught in fifty countries and made embodiment available online through a YouTube channel that has over 13 million hits. He has a degree in psychology, 20 years yoga experience, an aikido black-belt and has trained with various body-mind masters and in various approaches, including Non Violent Communication, body psychotherapy and meditation. His corporate clients have included Ikea, Unilever, L’Oreal, Virgin Atlantic, Shell and The House of Lords. He has also worked with peace and trauma projects in Israel/Palestine, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Brazil, East Africa and with the Sierra Leonian Army.

18:00 – 19:30 | Extended Somatics and the Digital | Johannes Birringer & Michèle Danjoux

This workshop explores movement and media generation (sound, tactile interactivity) through sensortized wearables designed to help the mover experience, enjoy, and examine various proprioceptive and haptic engagements with what we call “kinetic atmospheres” (kimospheres) or augmented environments in which mediums such a video, sound, light, objects and armatures and alive and apprehended. The kinetic atmospheres are physically and sensorially immersive, encouraging diverse modes of embodied “handling”, orienting, interacting and echolocating (this workshop is open to all and welcomes participants with disabilities), but also will give time for movers to reflect on peripheralities, on not seeing or knowing, on different materialities of space and virtual space, and on (not)being/feeling inside oneself. Immersive choreographies imply an active use of such knowledge as can be gained in experimental aural and haptic architectures (if available, VR headsets with virtual landscapes and eco-systems are added to test ideas about “augmented virtuality” and “out of body” experiences). Thus, new and challenging questions arise about the material affect of moving between real + virtual spaces and connecting with environments through intersensory translations.
Johannes Birringer is a choreographer and media artist; he co-directs the Design and Performance-Lab at Brunel University London where he is a Professor of Performance Technologies in the School of Arts. He has created numerous dance-theatre works, video installations and digital projects in collaboration with artists in Europe, the Americas, China, and Japan, and has taught dance-technology workshops all art venues across the world, including EMPAC (New York), Performance Space (Sidney) and KAIST (Seoul). His digital oratorio Corpo, Carne e Espírito, created with composer Paulo C. Chagas, premiered in Brazil at the FIT Theatre Festival (2008). DAP-Lab’s interactive dance-work Suna no Onna was featured at festivals in London (2007-08); the mixed-reality installation UKIYO went on European tour in 2010. The futurist dance opera for the time being (Victory over the Sun) premiered at Sadler’s Wells in London, 2014. A series of immersive dance installations, metakimospheres, began touring in Europe in 2015-18. His film-concert Sisyphus of the Ear (music by Paulo C. Chagas) premiered in Ufa and Moscow (2016) and has traveled widely, most recently to Beijing, China (October 2018). Ephemeral Edgespace (metakimosphre no. 6), a ritual dance performance-installation, with Haein Song and Claudia Robles Angel, was shown at ISEA 2018 at Durban City Hall, South Africa. He is founder of Interaktionslabor, a media lab located in a disused German coal mine, and has spearheaded new transdisciplinary dance-research projects, including the books Dance and Cognition (2005), Dance and Choreomania (2011), and Things that dance (2019). Website: http://www.brunel.ac.uk/dap +++Michèle Danjoux is a fashion designer, experienced educator and co-director of DAP-Lab (http://people.brunel.ac.uk/dap/arch.html). Her academic positions have included: Principal Lecturer and Programme Leader for MA Fashion and Bodywear at De Montfort University and Senior Lecturer in Fashion Design at Nottingham Trent University. Currently she is Research Coordinator at the London College of Fashion, University of the Arts London. Danjoux’s artistic interests centre on design through and as performance, and involve collaboration with dancers, choreographers, musicians and media artists. In 2018, Danjoux was awarded a PhD by the London College of Fashion for her investigations into Design in Motion: Choreosonic Wearables in Performance, an interrogation of the interrelations of body, movement, sound and garment in the generation and exploration of “sounding” costumes to be worn in mediatised performance. She has presented her work at international conferences, published in peer-reviewed journals and her designs have been performed at Kibla Multimedijski Centre, Slovenia; MediaLab Prado, Madrid, Spain; Le Cube, Centre Création Numérique, Paris; Watermans Art Centre and Sadler’s Wells, London.

18:00 – 19:30 | Moving Thought: Addressing Problems of Disconnect | Trude Cone

Moving with ‘others’ to distinguish self. There are an increasing number of people world wide that are disconnected, stressed, having immature functional as well as organizational patterns that are stopping them from taking action and dealing with or actually even recognizing the global ethical and ecological crisis that the world is facing. Somatic practices could have more impact if they would incorporate in their work the sequence of early movement vocabulary that forms the foundation for perception, organizing, participation, communication and thinking. What we do is what we pattern. We have more potential than what we are using. I propose that the over emphasis and placement of self is contributing to this disconnect.
Trude Cone lives in Amsterdam and has worked at the Amsterdam University for the Arts for 40 years. She is a Body Mind Centering practitioner, Neuro Physiological Psychological therapist, and Rhythmical Movement consultant. The last 12 years she is the counselor for students with stress and or functional related organizational problems that are interfering with their studies. She developed a counseling method Moving Thought: the hidden choreography influencing our lives which includes a movement class as well as counseling traject to help get them moving and organizing again. She also teaches workshops in this method for professionals in Europe.

Sunday, 17th NOVEMBER 2019

11:00 – 12:30 | Bodily Micro-practices or Reimagining Space | Nathalie S. Fari

The performative lecture ‘bodily micro-practices’ reflects upon the idea of considering the public space of a city as a ‘third body’, as a ‘skeleton’ surrounded by a porous, malleable and resilient skin that is constantly being shaped by other bodies. By using one’s own body as a medium for experiencing this metaphorical space, the main question is to what extent it can be fully ‘embodied’ by working not only with the somatic principles of sensing, listening, touching and affecting, but also by enhancing an environmental awareness.
Working across the fields of performative arts, artistic research and somatics, Nathalie S. Fari’s main research focus is in exploring the relationship between the body and space through the notions of site specificity, embodiment, mapping and translation. Having explored several movement practices, from dance to acrobatics, to improvisation, to yoga (she is certified in the ashtanga vinyasa yoga system) and lately conscious dance, Nathalie is currently doing a PhD on the topic of performer training for a site specific performance practice at the Academy of Music and Drama in Gothenburg.

11:00 – 12:30 | Somatics & Symmathesy | Sandra Reeve

‘Symmathesy’ is a term coined by Nora Bateson (2016) which describes the process of contextual, mutual learning through interaction that takes place in and between living entities.Ecological discourses urgently advocate a change of attitude and re-education to shift behaviors. But these discourses do not necessarily reflect on how bodies can be trained to reconnect with a corporeal, embodied sense of themselves as ‘part of’ an interconnected environment rather than as ‘apart’, with a fixed sense of self and attempting to control the environment. In this workshop I propose to introduce ways of moving which address these issues through movement and reflection.
Sandra Reeve is an Honorary Fellow at the University of Exeter, UK where she completed her doctoral thesis on the Ecological Body. ‘Move into Life’ is her annual programme of autobiographical and environmental movement workshops which stimulate her movement research in complexity thinking, sustainability and performance. She both facilitates and creates small-scale ecological events. She is a movement psychotherapist and supervisor.

11:00 – 12:30 | Weaving Speculative Fiction with Fascia | Dörte Weig

How is your fascia, your connective tissue, today? The fascial system is made up of many different and fascinating tissue types, and new camera and visualization technologies enable these current discoveries to enter into the public sphere. How can we use this new knowledge to inspire speculative fiction about sustainable human futures? How can awareness of the diversity, viscosity and plasticity of fascial materialities weave us into a culture of somatic human-non-human with-ness?
Doerte Weig’s fascination is to uncover how the different facets of human physicality relate to socio-political transformation. Doerte has a PhD in social anthropology and experience researching about and with moving-sensing bodies: for example with hunter-gatherers, dancers, movement meditation practitioners, and castellers (builders of human towers). Doerte believes that we cannot think the future of education, work, or future societies without taking into account the sensoriality of our moving bodies.

13:00 – 14:30 | Human Origami – An Embryological Journey | Glenna Batson & Susan Sentler

Each of us bears the imprint of the other and an-other – something yet unknown and located deeply in our embodiment. Human Origami is a somatic, improvisational movement practice in bodily folding. Co-created by Sentler and Batson, Human Origami explores the Möbius strip of movement that never arrives, nor finishes. The improvisational movement process opens somatic options for freeing the soma from default responses. Here, movers can find multiple pathways of traversing cultures and obliterating boundaries.
For four decades, Glenna Batson has advanced multi-disciplinary approaches to embodiment studies as catalysts for artistic growth, teaching, performance and wellness. Her scholarly writings and research bridge across multiple disciplines, articulating points of correspondence between dance, somatic movement arts, embodied cognitive science and phenomenology. Professor emeritus of physical therapy (Winston-Salem State University USA) and a Fulbright Senior Specialist, Glenna currently is an independent teacher in dance and somatic education. She co-created Human Origami with Susan Sentler as practice research to support a trans-disciplinary perspective on the performative (www.humanorigami.com). She is the author of Body and Mind in Motion, Dance and Neuroscience in Conversation, and editor/contributor to Dance, Somatics and Spiritualities: Contemporary Sacred Narratives. Susan Sentler is a dance artist working as choreographer, teacher, researcher, director, dramaturge and performer. Former member of the Martha Graham Ensemble and senior lecturer with Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance (18 years), Susan has taught and performed globally for over 30 years. Susan’s multidisciplinary installations speak of a honed somatic relationship to image. She currently is a lecturer in the School of Dance & Theatre at LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

13:00 – 14:30 | Moving Voices-Somatics, Identity and Interculturalism | Celia Weiss Bambara & Jana Schmueck

Drawing upon the histories of Anna Halprin, Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, and Africanist somatic knowledges we will share our adapted tool kit for generating interconnections in movement and making. This workshop would emphasize the artist’s use of decisions to guide the development of improvisational structures and scores that would express a sense of internal democracy generated through trusting the body, listening to others and then responding. We will engage collaborative ways of working in a process-oriented way.
Celia Weiss Bambara is the artistic director of the CCBdance Project. Her practice-based work intersects choreography, improvisation and movement research in contemporary and African diasporic practices through the lenses of inter-culturalism, race, travel, diaspora, and translation. She is an assistant professor of dance at UNC Asheville. Jana Schmueck co-founded Prospect Dance Company with Anne Dietrich. Since 2014 they are artistic directors and founders of TanzART. TanzART is a center for contemporary dance in East Germany, offering classes, workshops, artist in residence programs, performances, and productions with a focus of intercultural and international exchange. As a freelance dancer she performed at festivals in Ludwigshafen, the Centre National de la Danse -CND in Paris, Movimentos, the Ecole des Sables / Senegal and the Festival ” Un pas vers avant” Côte d’Ivoire or Via Thea

13:00 – 14:30 | Performative Strategies for Artivists: Environmental Protest Work | Tiago Gambogi

Drawing on Tiago’s extensive experience in creating and delivering transdisciplinary and artivist projects, participants will investigate compare and create physical and intellectual strategies for ‘breaking the normal’ in sites of eco crisis and conflict. They will look at how to both theorize and create transdisciplinary art/activism ‘artivism’, drawing from diverse disciplines: dance, theatre, clowning, play, anthropology, improvisation and philosophy to create short performances at the end of the workshop.
Tiago Gambogi is a Brazilian contemporary dancer, actor, clown, pole artist, director, choreographer, artivist, researcher and teacher, working for over 20 years in the UK, Brazil and internationally. His transdisciplinary holistic work encompasses improvisational contemporary dance, clowning, performance art and site-specific art approaches to create a powerful new artistic hybrid form dealing with the performative and the non-performative in pursuit of new creative responses and a dialogue with companies involved in socio-environmental crises.

13:00 – 14:30 | The Future of Somatics – ISMETA Roundtable Conversation | Elisa Cotroneo

Join with your Somatic Movement colleagues and imagine the future of our emerging profession. This interactive conversation will focus on the topics most relevant to the community.Potential topics include:•Creating Collaborative Partnerships•Expanding recognition of the profession and the good work we do•Riding the wave of embodiment practices•Certification of Practitioners•Accreditation of Schools•Standards and Competencies
Elisa Cotroneo is a Registered Somatic Movement Educator and Therapist and Executive Director of ISMETA. In practice for over 40 years, she has worked extensively within private practice and schools creating workshops, retreats and online courses focusing on creativity, imagination and experiential embodied education. Elisa passion for embodied spirituality has been inspired by many of the somatic pioneers and through her work with indigenous elders from across the Americas, India and Tibet.

16:00 – 17:30 | Begotten Bodies: Greeting Our Ancestors | Aida Curtis

Ancestors live in gesture; in the ways that we shape and bridge to the world; in felt streams of sensation and the stories we construct from those streams. Honoring and reclaiming one’s history are acts of love and resurrection. This practice rises to address the felt experience of colonization, current and historical trauma, environmental destruction, and the imposition of mechanized metaphors upon the body. These painful, systemic forces threaten a collective numbing and forgetting. Ancestral-movement work brings to life an antidote to this amnesia. The group will investigate themes of bodily memory and resilience through dyad and group work founded upon the principles of various somatic practices: including Laban / Bartenieff Movement Analysis, Developmental Movement, and Authentic Movement principles. Educational components from Peter Levine’s Somatic Experiencing work will facilitate understanding of our more than human ancestors, and how they might inform our present day experience.
Aida Curtis, CLMA, is an Iranian-American writer, performer and MA candidate in Somatic Psychotherapy at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. She has conducted research on the presentation of Fear and Femininity in the movement of murder victims in Dario Argento’s horror film Suspiria (1977), and presented this research at the European Pop Culture Conference in 2017. Her study of Laban / Bartenieff Movement Analysis and depth psychology have informed her reflections on embodied relationality, intergenerational trauma and intergenerational resilience. Aida currently teaches movement, writes about movement, and is training as a child-centered play-therapist in the UCSF Infant-Parent Program, Early Childhood Mental Health strand.

16:00 – 17:30 | Bodies, Materiality & Touch in Multi-Person Virtual Reality | Lisa May Thomas

I can offer a 45min talk which includes a 12min video documentary of VR participatory performance work ‘Figuring’ (2018). I can also offer a VR and dance-somatic workshop for 8 people or run a demo-installation for more people.
Lisa is a contemporary dance artist & film-maker. Trained at Laban, she delivers lectures & professional classes to universities, community & professional groups. Her dance-screen work has won international awards, presented at film festivals globally, on digital TV channels (BBC, Channel 4, ABC) & within community/education sectors (“There is a Shipwreck in My Bones”, presented in Taiwan and Shanghai as part of On Site Impromtus programme; “The Touch Diaries” presented at Arts and Health South West International Health and Wellbeing Conference). Lisa has worked extensively with digital technologies in performance & currently researching developing  a dance-somatic approach to multi-person interactive VR framework. Lisa is a Pervasive Media Studio resident and PhD candidate at the University of Bristol (UoB) joint between departments of theatre & computer science, as part of Dr. David Glowacki’s (DRG) cross-disciplinary research group. In 2017 she explored the VR framework through residencies at Arnolfini, The Science Museum London, Bath Spa University, Edge Arts & Modern Art Oxford. In 2016 she ran ‘’Dances with Avatars’’ with UoB, Interactive Scientific & Arnolfini; and took part in Motion Capture lab with Japanese company YCAM and Pervasive Media Studio (PMStudio). In 2015 ‘’The Touch Diaries’’ performance and film premiered at Edge Arts at the University of Bath & won awards at Lightmoves International Festival of Screendance. She served as choreographer-performer for multi-award winning sci-art-tech digital performance ‘’Hidden Fields’’ presented at Arnolfini, ZKM Germany; Barbican; Dance Digital; Brighton Digital Festival, Z-Space San Francisco, Stanford University.

16:00 – 17:30 | Men* Touching Men* | David Bloom

Men, especially cis-gendered ones, take up a lot of space and hold a lot of power over others in this world. But does power over always equal empowerment, and is it possible to be an ally to those less privileged from a place of personal groundedness and responsibility rather than apology? Can listening and receiving be sources of strength for men as well? This workshop proposes that the way men relate to each other has a strong effect on the way they relate to others, and that somatic work has an important role to play in offering a safe space to explore tenderness, sensuality, and mutual support between men, regardless of their gender or orientation. We consider the terms man*, male* and masculine* to be a matter of self-definition, and welcome anyone to this workshop who feels drawn to it.
David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, father, filmmaker, bodyworker, pianist, and tea collector. Graduated from the M.A. Choreography course at HZT Berlin. David has taught in many contexts, including HZT Berlin, Tanzquartier Vienna, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Human Architecture Lab in St. Petersburg, K3 in Hamburg, the Masters of Contemporary Dance Education in Frankfurt, the Rietveld Academy for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam, & the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna. More info at: https://davidbloom.info

18:00 – 19:30 | Slow Motion | Peter Pleyer

The slow motion moving from rest will allow for expanded physical attention towards yourself, and the others present in the room, the house, the city, the world.
Peter is a dancer and choreographer living in Berlin, teaching and performing internationally. He is a co-founder of P.O.R.C.H. summer-education program at ponderosa-dance. His most recent performances were with Keith Hennessy and together with Jenniffer Lacy for Antonija Livingstone. Fake Healing was a regular practice during these projects as a warm-up and a deepening of the relationships between the performers, an exercise on beauty.

18:00 – 19:30 | Taking Turns | Jane Turner & Tim Taylor

How does the oscillation between I and we, experienced by an individual participating in shared creative dancing, and reflected in our quantum universe whose atoms are both matter and energy, resonate with philosopher Clément’s notion of syncope? The presentation will be situated within my practice as research into the scientific theory of Complexity as compositional model, and in particular through the Taking Turns project with older people undertaken with Tim Taylor in 2019.
Jane Turner began her performance career with the Scala Ballet, Barcelona, and has led TURNING WORLDS dance theatre company since 1990, creating performance and participatory projects. Jane’s research focuses on self-organizing systems as performance composition in interdisciplinary contexts. In 2018 this has involved collaboration with the beefriendlytrust, the creation of the CFC Cabaret for the Junction, Cambridge, work with Duckie cabaret producers and choreographer Rosemary Lee, and conference presentations at TaPRA Aberystwyth and PoPMoves, Paris.

18:00 – 19:30 | Writing Through, Between and Around Somatics | Sarah Whatley

This session will take a critical look at the first ten years of the Journal, Dance and Somatic Practices (JDSP), considering ways in which it has helped to advance body-based writing, influencing and contributing to other areas of dance research and practice. Intended to provide more visibility for practitioners and scholars in the field, and to develop a discourse that is daring, accessible and academically rigorous, this interactive session will explore what next for the Journal.
Sarah Whatley is Director of the Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE) at Coventry University, UK. Her research focuses on somatics, smart learning environments for dancers, dance and disability, reimagining dance archives and dance documentation. She works often with artists, and experts in other disciplines, including law, anthropology, psychology, digital media and computing science. She is founding Editor of the Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices and sits on the Editorial Boards of several other Journals.