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Movement Artists Mira Kingsley and David Hurwith bring new research on the connection between Body and Consciousness to
Santa Barbara with
“SOMATIC VISIONARIES AT UCSB"
Saturday May 17th from 12-5pm in the HSSB Ballet Studio Theater, The Department of Theater and Dance at UCSB and Ritual & Research Inc. presents, Remembering Flow: Balancing the Nervous System in Movement with Andrea Olsen. This afternoon workshop is open to the public and presents the evolutionary heritage of the nervous system. Participants will engage with movement as a medium through which we know ourselves and the world and then integrate the work with writing. Registration for the workshop at ritualandresearch.org
This public workshop inaugurates a two-year series of residencies at UCSB entitled Somatic Visionaries at UCSB. The events in this series offer interested people from local communities, the opportunity to study and dialogue with pioneering masters in the field of Somatics. The program intends to offer students and local communty members exposure to innovative models of human possibility and imagination that we hope will inspire them in their own work as researchers, artists and citizens.
Somatics is a vital contemporary field of research that is still defining itself. The field of Somatics has developed over the last century through a process of inquiry into how consciousness inhabits the living body. Somatic studies combine physical and artistic development with anatomy, kinesiology, and philosophy. The practices value unity of mind, body, and spirit, as well as process over goal-oriented product. The work brings profound awareness of the body-mind complex and enfranchises one’s personal experience of embodiment as a meaningful guide for relating to self and other.
Andrea Olsen, along with the other guests in the Somatic Visionaries program, are internationally recognized innovators in the field of Somatics. Our guests are educators, authors, artists and healers who have forged unique paths from their own direct experience. Each has uncovered a view of inhabiting and relating to the body/mind/spirit that has shaped the growing field of Somatics and radically transformed the way embodiment is experienced.
Somatic Visionaries at UCSB, is led by Associate Professor of Dance Mira Kingsley and UCSB Lecturer in Embodied Anatomy, David Hurwith. As somatic practitioners and researchers Kingsley and Hurwith have first hand experience of the transformative potentional of somatic research. They are dedicated to advancing this field of study both within the University and beyond. Their own research has its primary base in the somatic practice of Authentic Movement, along with respective interests in artistic sourcing, spiritual practice and anatomical investigation. They wish to fostering an environment of study that bridges the gap between academic inquiry and embodied wisdom.
Somatic Visionaries at UCSB is part of Mira and David’s multi-tiered vision plan to make UCSB a center for innovative research Somatic Studies and to bring the University and local community closer together. This includes creating a BA in Somatic Studies and creating an ongoing laboratory both on and off campus for creative research in this field.
Cost for the public workshop is offered on a sliding scale. Participants are asked to pay at the highest level they are able as the proceeds from the public workshop go to support the continuation of the program. For more information call (805)893-3022 or contact David Hurwith by e-mail at: David@ritualandresearch.org.
WHO: Department of Theater and Dance at UCSB and Ritual & Research Inc.
WHAT: Remembering Flow: Balancing the Nervous System in Movement With Andrea Olsen
WHEN: Saturday May 17th, 2014
12-5pm (with short breaks)
WHERE: HSSB Ballet Studio Theater, University of California, Santa Barbara
COST: Sliding Scale $60-95. Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. We need your support to continue this program.
SPECIAL: Class size is limited. Registration is highly suggested.
ABOUT: In this afternoon workshop, we explore the evolutionary heritage of the nervous system, refine alignment, and engage movement as the medium through which we know ourselves and the world. Explorations focus on experiential anatomy and dancing through the nervous system, integrating movement with writing throughout.
Andrea Olsen is a Professor of Dance and has held the John C. Elder Professorship in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College, in Middlebury, Vermont (USA). She’s the author of Body and Earth, An Experiential Guide, (UPNE 2002) and Bodystories, A Guide to Experiential Anatomy (Station Hill 1991/UPNE 2002) in collaboration with Caryn McHose. Andrea performs and teaches internationally and is on the faculty of the Embodyoga teacher-training program for Yoga Center Amherst in Massachusetts. She was a Fulbright Senior Scholar in New Zealand in 2003, working with Maori, Samoan, and Cook Island dancers and teaches annual Body and Earth Training Programs in the US and abroad. Andrea’s third book, The Place of Dance: A Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making, with Caryn McHose, will be published by Wesleyan University Press in January 2014. http://andrea-olsen.com