Moving from the Fish Body

In the 3.5 billion year tale of human evolution, it is from our fish ancestors that we inherit our spinally organised head-tail structure. In this process-oriented dance and movement workshop we’ll experience how to articulate from the “fish body” – our vital core – and how our legs and arms enable us to navigate it through the world.

Arambol Beach, Goa

The home of the Goa Contact Festival is our place Forgotten Land at Arambol Beach, north Goa, India. Here we will play, eat & workshop during the day, in the evenings and nights we will jam and celebrate on our big dancefloor directly on the beach.

The aim is to develop self-awareness as a tool for creating and refining our own dance and movement practices using experiential anatomy, developmental movement, ideokinesis, the Feldenkrais Method, Authentic Movement, Steve Paxton’s Material For The Spine, spatial orientation and tracking attention.

The material supports widening the range of movement vocabulary and qualities; improving ease, efficiency and flow in movement; recovering from and avoiding injury; and situating whatever we do in relationship to the world around us.

The workshop was developed as a core part of my proto-technique training series for contemporary dancers. However because the material is explorative in nature, the workshop is accessible and open to all. It offers the opportunity to develop whatever movement interests and practices we arrive with by looking at the movement and perceptual abilities that lie beneath all that we do.

The invitation is to enter into a perceptual dialogue with ourselves in which we become the experts of our own experience. It is an open-ended inquiry that’s not concerned with finding answers but creating a multiplicity of different solutions or viewpoints. This is a process that embraces mystery and doubt. The ultimate focus is pragmatic. What works for us.

Lunch: included in fee and provided by Forgotten Land on working days

Accommodation: check the links of Forgotten Land web site or Arambol Community Facebook page for advice or suggestions

More Information:  – email me if you are interested and would like to know more about the workshop

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Early Bird Price: 320€ - Deadline November 25th

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Meet Your Facilitators

malcolm-manning

Malcolm Manning

I think of myself as a somatic movement researcher, educator, mentor and artist. In my classes, I share my inquiry of what it is to be a thinking, feeling, moving subject in this world through developing a dialogue with ourselves and our environment in which we are empowered to be our own experts.

I offer my work as a resource for performing arts professionals in dance centres, for dance companies, at festivals, and on higher education programmes. I also teach a workshop series for every body called BodySchool in which I apply my work to everyday life situations.

I am certified to teach the Feldenkrais Method® and the Body And Earth work developed by Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose. I studied for two years at SNDO Amsterdam and have an MA in Dance Pedagogy. I have also made extensive studies of Authentic Movement, Movement Shiatsu, Body Mind Centering and experiential anatomy.

I was also part of the group of students who studied regularly throughout the ‘90s with Nancy Stark Smith, participating in her research into what she later named the UnderScore.