[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] LAST DAY TO REGISTER : improvise through containment and release

The Whole Shebang art.at.shebang at gmail.com
Wed Aug 16 08:00:23 EDT 2017

THIS WEEKEND at The Whole Shebang.... join us for this special workshop
with LA-based artist and educator Doran George! Register today!

Containment and Release: Objectifying the Sentient Body with Doran George
Saturday August 19 + Sunday August 20 2-5:30pm
sliding scale: $80-100
any one. any level. any discipline.

Bringing together visual art and dance, this workshop is informed by
Somatic practices, improvisation, and Performance Art. Participants will
explore physical encasement and extrication from light domestic and
industrial materials, collectively making some of our bodies into
'sculpture' from which the contained person ultimately breaks free. This
engaging and powerful practice offers an unfamiliar (for many) window into
visual, sensory, interpersonal, and often emotional experiences of
physicality and movement. At its essence the work is improvisation within
binding and release. There will be opportunities for everyone, if they so
desire, to explore encasing and being encased, practices which draw forth
very different experiences. Previous participants have talked about the
workshop as ritual-like, in ways that take on personal associations. Yet
others have responded more to formal dimensions in the work, fascinated by
how the body gets defined by, and then exceeds, objectification. The
workshop includes Somatic practices conducive to containment, as well as
interpersonal and individual exercises to build trust and enable release.
We will also practice strategies for being seen (performing) as we move
into and out of debilitation.

Participants are not required to engage in all aspects of the work, but it
is essential to understand that containment and release entails
vulnerability. Workshop participation thus requires a level of
responsibility. Please contact art.at.shebang at gmail.com if you have any
questions; Doran enjoys talking about the nature of the work. This workshop
has been taught in professional dance and performance contexts, as well as
in Higher Education, in LA, Britain, France and Portugal. Spaces are
limited, so you are advised to register in advance. In order to take the
workshop, you must register by August 16th, at which time you will be given
more information.

Doran George PhD is a cultural historian writing on sexual culture,
avant-garde dance, and performance art. They are currently writing a book
that will be the first critical history of ‘Somatic’ training’s on
contemporary dance. Doran is also a performance artist and choreographer
who deconstructs socio-political identity categories, stages work that
builds micro-communities, and cultivates radical practices of intimacy.
They stage work in arts and non-arts contexts, which has included working
with people facing bereavement and terminal illness. George’s artwork and
scholarship is represented in art books, Oxford University Press
anthologies, and journals. They currently lecture in Dance, Disability
Studies and LGBTQ Studies at UCLA, and teach erotic work in art and
sex-positive contexts. Doran also engages in public scholarship through
writing and symposia that they produce, and they mentor artists such as
through California’s Choreographers In Mentorship Exchange program and
London’s Wellcome Trust.

The Whole Shebang
1813 South 11th street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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