Damhsa / rince / sympoiesis/ moving earth. an embodied performance workshop investigation exploring ecological costume making.
Am gaeth i m-muir
Am tond trethan
Am fuaim mara
Am dam secht ndirend Am séig i n-aill
Am dér gréne
I am wind on sea
I am ocean wave
I am roar of sea
I am stag of seven times I am hark on cliff
I am shining tear of sun
( Amergin in Magan. M ( 2020) Thirty Two words for Field. Gill Books. Dublin P11)
A gentle inquiry into somatic ecological costume making; inviting participants to explore the heart of North Woods as an extension of self through a series of 4 co-crafted movement scores leading to co-curated micro performances.
This workshop will begin with a studio-based warm-up; exploring guided meditation; somatic touch and Ujjayi Pranayama breath work; seeking to allow the body to commence our explorations as a curious open vessel for encounters. Questioning the space between self and land, mud and skin, breath and air; a duet begins; entwining forms. We will be working with scores inspired by Joanna Macy, World as Lover, World as Self; exploring through guided walking and somatic movement practices, concepts such as ‘the wheel of interbeing’, and ‘the greening of the self’.
Participants will be invited to edit and co-create the scores which will then lead a paired walk to North Woods. Collecting en route; physical materials and ephemeral sensations, in a delicate and ecologically sensitive way; we will explore the terms; container, vessel and the concept of the porous; questioning as we move;
Will the outcome reflect the landscape in which the body is submerged as a stimulus for the process; or will the product, which emerges, become a personal narrative?
Pausing, reflecting, and refining; we adorn; creating simple immersions into the paths taken; connecting with other, with self; to create a trio; with self; other; land and the spaces between. Each participant will be equipped with a simple sustainable and recycled circular body frame which they can use as a base layer for their ecological costume making. These frames form both live costumes for our embodied somatic reflections during the workshop and also form unique temporary sculptural objects which form a dialog reflective of our experience of place.
This workshop offers insight into performance making as an ecologically sustainable process; inviting participants to question how both costume making, performance process making, and social reflection can function as tools to actively reflect upon notions of the post-human, and the transformative capacity of performance. Conceptually; the workshop is designed to be experienced in pairs; ideally with someone you have never met; in order to best facilitate a mutual inquiry as to the social function of a duet in performance practice to become a mode of socio-ecological inquiry. The scores provided will offer prompts for the foundations opening this duet into a land-based trio.
Documentation of this performance-making process is sensitive and highly attuned to the needs of the participant. There will be an optional sharing of collective practices on the following day; either as performance or discussion; in North Woods. This workshop draws from the planetary work of Anna Halprin; Kate Fitzpatrick ( Macha’s Twins); Donna J Harraway (Staying with the Trouble) questioning through embodied ecological collective practice; concepts such as sympoiesis ( making with) to question how choreographic practices can become a tool for environmental awareness. This research methodology retains a core ethos of developing the art of reflecting upon how we see the world; what enables us to form specific routines, habits and engagements; and how subtle shifts of focus and awareness can enable these to become more sensitive and attuned to the world in which we live.
The format of this workshop affords time for silence; time for reflection; for sharing; for asking; for giving; for taking and co-creating a safe space of questioning. Drawing from her current training as a TRE practitioner; Beatrice invites active reflection post-workshop to develop the concept of applied and continuously developing practice for all participants.
This workshop is open to all; participants are welcomed with little to none to extensive prior movement knowledge.
Each participant is provided with some costume tools which Beatrice will facilitate.
All materials are recycled.
Please wear sturdy shoes and clothes which welcome mud and water. Please bring a change of clothes and a towel and water.
Dr. Beatrice Jarvis ( 1987) is a creative facilitator, choreographer and researcher, and founder of the Urban Research Forum and The Living Collective.
She is currently a senior lecturer in Dance and Course Leader for Dance and Drama at Kingston School of Art, London, as well as training to be a certified TRE © practitioner. She holds a practice-based Ph.D. from The University of Ulster ( NI) exploring somatic movement as a medium to explore spatial and social conflict. As a dance artist, she works in Romania, Berlin, Germany, and Ireland to generate large-scale and site-specific choreographic works to explore the social power and potential of embodied movement practices.
Her socio-choreographic research has been profiled within Pina Bausch Symposium, Bauhaus- Universität Weimar, dOCUMENTA (13), The National School of Art Bucharest, Galway Dance Festival, Goldsmiths CUCR Tate, and the American Association of Geographers Annual Meeting 2013. Her commissions include Steven Lawrence Center, Schiume Festival (Venice), and EGFK Berlin.
Beatrice has two current projects: Damhsa / rince: moving earth. A PaR project exploring the study of the Gaelic language in applied embodied movement workshops and We move; a collective movement lab to explore the application of democratic choreography. Her most recent commissions have been to make collaborative site-specific choreography for Stanley Picker Gallery as part of Ben Judd’s; The Origin, which examines themes of belonging and identity.
Through her teaching practice both in HE and community practice; Beatrice explores PaR, embodied ecology, choreography as a medium for reflective democratic practice, and somatics as a communicative tool. ( FHEA 2021)