THE BRAIN AND THE BODY; MAKING CONNECTIONS IN UNDERSTANDING CONTEMPORARY MOVEMENT 2015

THE BRAIN AND THE BODY; MAKING CONNECTIONS IN UNDERSTANDING CONTEMPORARY MOVEMENT 12 weeks of Free Community Dance Workshops
Produced by the Free Flow Dance Theatre Company
Free Flow Dance Centre 224 25th St. W. Saskatoon

Instructors:
Graham McKelvie March 5th – April 9th
Jackie Latendresse April 16th – May 21st
Thursdays 8:30-10pm 12 weeks
Drop in’s and regular attendance are both welcome.

Dancers and creative movers are invited to attend, free of charge, all or any of the Brain Body Connections workshops from March 5th to May 21st 2015 at the Free Flow Dance Centre. The program is funded by the Community Initiative Fund and in part by the City of Saskatoon. We are able to offer 12 1.5 hour classes taught by local dance professionals.

Requirements
• Participants should be age 17+ or by permission of instructors.
• Male and female participants are both welcome.
• Contemporary dance experience not required.
• Participants should have a basic background in movement and a strong desire to expand their knowledge base.
• Please come dressed to move with warm and cool layers. Note* outdoor shoes are not permitted in the dance centre.

The program begins March 5th at 8:30pm at the Free Flow Dance Centre. No registration is required. Inquiries can be sent to freeflowdance@hotmail.com. Drop in’s and regular attendance are both welcome.

The Program
THE BRAIN AND THE BODY; MAKING CONNECTIONS IN UNDERSTANDING CONTEMPORARY MOVEMENT
Our society and indeed the world is becoming increasingly democratic. Through social media, ideas and issues are put on the table and we are challenged to become our most authentic selves. Our society increasingly values this personal honesty and the arts reflect this. Dance is no exception, but whereas a piece of writing can be edited, movement must be experienced mindfully. Postures reflect emotional realities and movement reveals everything about the nature of a thing, or a person. This workshop is about finding out about ourselves, our physical self and the things that have left a footprint upon us. It’s about using these observations and consequent realizations to experiment in the creative process. In this workshop we look at where movement comes from and where and how we can glimpse and access our essential and authentic selves. We investigate how this process can generate movement which, taken to the next level might be used in dance, theatre or performance art of any kind. We consider how movement quality is reflective of one’s emotional state and we discuss how this process of discovery can be used as a tool, both on a personal level and in creative and communicative endeavours, to learn, express and share in our human condition. This workshop wants to validate the individual and value the personal.

• The program will focus on the discovery of the origins of your personal movement abilities. Through use of emotional states we will help particpants to generate authentic movement and cultivate clear movement qualities. Using this process as a tool for both creation and expression you will begin to strip away learned behaviours to reveal your authentic self.
• We will aid participants in discovering how the creation of an authentic movement vocabulary through experiential processes and exercises validates both your individuality and promotes the value of all personal and unique movement in a dance or performance setting.
• The workshop will provide a forum for intimate, candid, personal discussion and delve into the movement possibilities that this dialogue might generate.
• Participants will endeavor to understand their idiom and how best to physically service it including choreographic and performative approaches, aspects of professionalism and your approach to movement training and employment.

Thank you to our funders! – Sasktel, Community Fund Intitiative,

For more information or interviews please contact Jackie Latendresse at freeflowdance@hotmail.com or by phone at .