[PhiladelphiaDANCE.org Listserv] Listening Bodies Workshop at Mascher Space

Christina Gesualdi gesualdic at gmail.com
Fri Aug 3 11:42:26 EDT 2018

A workshop exploring states of consciousness and embodiment. Open to
dancers, musicians, artists, yogis and meditators with Monica Gentile (Lake
Studios Berlin) and Michael Reiley McDermott

Purchase Tickets here: https://listeningbodies.brownpapertickets.com/

RSVP here <https://www.facebook.com/events/192731461568814/> on facebook
at Mascher Space Co-op <http://www.mascherdance.org/>
155 Cecil B. Moore Ave.

*please note that unfortunately Mascher Space Co-op is not handicapped
accessible as there is a flight of steps into the space.

*Artistic Statement / Bios:*

*Monica Gentile’s* choreographic work and physical research investigates
the embodiment of animalistic qualities, trance, minimalism, and the states
of the body, energy and breath. In particular she is interested in
investigating contrasting concepts within the body (presence / absence,
solidity / evanescence) with a visual and imagery based approach. Her
intent is to reveal these paradoxical states through evocative
choreographic elements and in the construction of hybrid figures with the
body and its gestures. Her work is characterized by a strong presence -
creating an atmospheric / imaginary space around the body and expressing
connections to forms found in nature, landscapes, and the geographical. The
point of reference in her work is not only the body itself, but how we
place it and perceive it in relation with what surrounds us.

She lives and works at the Lake Studios Berlin. Graduated at the University
“DAMS THEATER” at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of Bologna. She
is a dancer, choreographer, Yoga Teacher and a martial arts practitioner
(Kung fu and Aikido). Her dance practice is based on Movement Research and
Somatic Practicies. The choreographers and artists she have worked with
have brought her to understand artistic practice as a political, ethical
choice, related to the artist’s surroundings: Virgilio Sieni (Director of
the Biennale Danza, Venice), Simona Bertozzi, Anna Albertarelli (working in
the companies Gohatto and Vi-Kap), Michele Di Stefano (MK), Sonia Brunelli
(Barokthegreat), Cristina Rizzo (Kinkaleri) with whom she formed the group
of research CAN I. More recently in Berlin Peter Player , Maria Francesca
Scaroni, Renate Graziadei, Maya Carroll, Julyen Hamilton, Keith Hennessy,
Clara Furey, Nita Little

>From 2011 she attended the School of Hatha Yoga ISYCO through the
Department of Oriental studies of the University of Torino were she got the
Degree of Hatha Yoga Teacher. She has been teaching since 2010 and has a
wide range of experience with her body and a broad knowledge of the body’s
anatomy and Indian physiology. In 2015 she became Laughing Yoga Leader,
working with Chronical pain patients at the Immanul Klinik (Berlin). In
2018 she collaborated with the Choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni in the
production ”Augusto” as a Laughter Yoga Coach.


*Michael Reiley McDermott* is a composer, musician, coder and sound
designer. He has created works for video, dance, stage, installation, smart
phones, multi-speaker arrays, wind sculptures, wishing wells and
sleeping/dreaming. His practice explores the relationship between present
moment awareness, deep time and humanity's personal connection through
listening. His work integrates a daily practice of meditation, Deep
Listening and textured sound worlds through a process he calls “sonic
photography”. This process involves site specific recordings of physical
spaces re-imagined using photographic development and collage techniques.
His aim is to reframe the everyday world as both a grand statement that
stretches out in both directions of time and as an ephemeral instant of
precious connection.

In 2016 he completed a certification program in Deep Listening studying
with Deep Listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros. He was recently Artist in
Residence at fidget, Composer in Residence for Temple University’s BEEP
Ensemble and Composer in Residence at Village of the Arts and Humanities.
Over the past two years he has been traveling at artists residencies around
the world in Brazil, Iceland, Germany, Thailand and India working on a
sound design project of extinct animal sounds called Echozoo.

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