This workshop is an entrance into our wide and vivid imaginations through the experiential research of Body-Mind Centering®, contact improvisation, ideokinesis, and structures and scores for dancing and creating theater.
The course, designed for performers, creators and teachers in dance, theatre and performance, will bring forth skills, tools and practical experience of somatic studies and improvisation, to become more tuned to physical centers and subtleties of touch, direction and intention. It will explore how to use these discoveries to tune the physical instrument of body and mind as a source for creative practice into performance: the innate wisdom of the body and the poetics of the human being through dancing, voicing, writing, reading and witnessing.
We will explore anatomy and physiology to better understand the mechanics of movement as well as explore the minds of the body.
You will discover, explore, separate, integrate and improvise with physical systems and patterns to make visible physiological rhythms of support and creativity.
Through exposing contradictions in the body and engaging with our imaginations, we will widen choice, create discernment and practice embodiment and composition.
The definition of Soma comes from the Greek meaning body as well as from Hinduism meaning an intoxicating drink prepared from a plant and used in Vedic ritual, believed to be the drink of the gods.
K.J. Holmes is an independent dance artist, singer, poet, actor and director based in Brooklyn, New York. Holmes has helped to define, first as a student and now as a teacher and performer, many contemporary improvisational practices. She collaborated extensively with Simone Forti, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson and Image Lab, and Steve Paxton, among many others. Her solo and ensemble performance work has been presented in New York City as well as nationally and internationally. K.J. is a graduate of the 2 year Sanford Meisner acting training at the William Esper Studio in New York City, with master teacher Terry Knickerbocker (2009), a certified yoga teacher through Satya Yoga, teacher Sondra Loring (2007), and a graduate of The School for Body-Mind Centering, BMC tm (1999). As a sought after teacher of contact improvisation, somatic approaches to dance, theater and voice, composition and other improvisational devices, K.J. has been adjunct professor at New York University/Experimental Theatre Wing since 2001, at The Juilliard School since 2015, and has been teaching through Movement Research, where she was an Artist in Residence 1993 and 2012, since 1986. She has a private practice in Dynamic Alignment and Re-integration and offers private movement tutoring, voice and yoga sessions. K.J. is currently developing her work HIC SVNT DRACONES, has performed most recently with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Xavier Le Roy and in The Works of Steve Paxton, was cast in Matthew Barney’s new film Redoubt filmed this year in Idaho, as well as in the videos of Cristiane Bouger, Dylan Stephen Levers and in Casting Calls, The Project.