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Authentic Movement / Contemplative Dance with Zena Bibler & Katie Workum
Tue, July 14, 2015 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Zena Bibler and Katie Workum alternately facilitate models for moving mindfully, using improvised movement as a means to cultivate internal and external awareness, and a structure for sharing space and time. July sessions will build on a foundation of Authentic Movement and August sessions will be organized by the structure Contemplative Dance Practice.
AM is an improvisational technique in which a witnessed person moves with eyes closed for an extended period of time responding to impulse alone. Deepening our intuitive and intellectual selves, we can become a dancing whole entity: equal parts mind, body, choice and intuition. This class is for anyone who wants to stop and take a breath, to look at what you have been taking for granted, to expand then release, meld feeling and knowing, re-assign hierarchies between expertise and honesty and to learn and be humbled by the great unknown.
Contemplative Dance Practice is a three part session formally divided between seated meditation, personal attunement (warmup), and improvised movement in a group. CDP was developed in 1980 by Barbara Dilley, who has been practicing and studying meditation in the Shambhala tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche for more than 30 years. Described by Dilley as “a meditator’s dance hall or a dancers’ meditation hall,” this practice provides opportunities to develop awareness of inner and outer rhythms, deepen spiritual disciplines, and participate in the social and political dynamics of an ensemble system.