This is a studio class of advanced anatomy intended to deepen understanding of your own moving body. We approach the material through visual, cognitive, kinesthetic, and sensory modes. Class time is divided between discussion of anatomy and kinesthetic concepts and engagement with the material experientially through visualization and movement studies. Movement exercises are designed to integrate the anatomical information by increasing somatic awareness, which then strengthens body-mind connection.
Various body systems are examined: skeleton, organs, muscles, nerves, and fluids. Each system is studied on its own and how it relates to the whole thus providing support for an integrated, healthy, as well as artistically interesting movement/dance practice.
Key developers of the field of experiential anatomy (somatic studies), many of whom have had a major influence on contemporary dance, will be read as homework and discussed in class.
We will embody the learned information via improvisational and instruction-based games, thus enhancing ease and perhaps personal discovery. We will explore and create movement scores to take home and to integrate into daily practice in order to apply the findings of the class. Tools such as drawing and writing will help create another avenue for the full and rich expression of the body and mind.