“feldenkrais for Dancers and Movers” with Mary Armentrout: Exploration of Forms Movement Workshop

Performing Arts - Dance | April 2 | 1-3 p.m. | Bancroft Studio (2401 Bancroft), Bancroft Dance Studio

 Mary Armentrout

 Department of Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

The Feldenkrais Method is a wide ranging system for understanding how human beings function and learn how to learn, using the body as the primary laboratory. In this workshop we will explore how bodies in motion and at rest work. Learn to truly experience – from the inside – how different parts of your body move and work together. Discover how very subtle changes can fundamentally alter and refine all the movements you do – from sitting at your desk, to carrying groceries, to double pirouettes, to standing on your head – and can increase awareness, release inefficient patterning, tension and pain, and increase flow. Feldenkrais can be a wonderful opportunity for dancers working in any style to bring greater understanding of how their body is constructed, as well as greater ease and articulation, into the execution of their movements. However, this pathway of exploration is equally open to movers in all walks of life, including martial artists, athletes, armchair warriors and couch potatoes, as all of us are included in the set of those who have bodies and move them in the course of their everyday lives, and perhaps would like to find more ease or fluidity in how we navigate our way through our lives.

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Mary Armentrout is an experimental choreographer, performance artist, videographer, teacher, curator, and the director of the Mary Armentrout Dance Theater. She is also a Feldenkrais Practitioner. Her artwork and teaching practices explore the ways Feldenkrais insights into the mind-body continuum offer rich resources for embodied artmaking. She calls her genre-mixing works performance installations, and one of her site-specific works recently won an Isadora Duncan Dance Award. Her work has been presented throughout the Bay Area, as well as across the US and the UK, Europe, and China. She also organizes the Dance Discourse Project, an on-going series of artist-curated discussions of the Bay Area dance scene, and co-curates performance at The Milkbar in Richmond.

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