Katya Bloom: Living Sculpture: moving and making


The inter-art process that I’m exploring draws together three threads of practice – free movement, sculpture and writing.

Monday, June 27 11.30 – 13.00

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The inter-art process that I’m exploring draws together three threads of practice – free movement, sculpture and writing. This weaving of threads came about during the pandemic, when life slowed down, affecting my relationships to space and time both internally and in the natural world. In drawing these three kinds of practice together I have discovered that they inspire and support a strengthening of the inter-relationship between the feelings/sensations/characters/stories that arise from our human nature, and the flora/fauna/atmospheres of the natural world. First, we discover our own felt vocabulary, as we come alive in three dimensions, in resonance with the atmosphere and rhythms of landscape and skyscape. Moving and stopping in time and space, we receive our changing gestures, positions and perspectives. Our bodies and faces speak as we create a living sculpture garden in the human/nature field. We extend this by each person midwifing from a handful of clay, the emergence of a face or figure. There will be time, after making, to let your creature speak to you, as you write their words. We then explore living sculpture again, moving in small groups in- formed by and incorporating the figures we have made. Participants will discover for themselves whether and how the work with clay and writing affects their experience of moving with others in the landscape, and in particular whether the creative processes have stimulated greater embodied empathy, for oneself, others, and the natural world. Finally, the groups will share their experience in movement and in words.


About Katya

Katya Bloom, PhD, CMA, BC-DMT – I’ve been a movement artist my whole professional life, first as a performer/choreographer, then a teacher in many settings, including 20 years working with actors at RADA and 16 years at Roehampton University teaching Observation in the Movement Psychotherapy training. The work of Rudolf Laban has long been a significant influence, and my appreciation of his work was deepened immensely by first encountering Prapto Suryodarmo and Amerta Movement in 1992. My writing includes four books: Moves (1998); The Embodied Self: Movement and Psychoanalysis (2006); Embodied Lives: Reflections on the work of Suprapto Suryodarmo (Ed) (2014); and The Laban Workbook for Actors (Ed)(2018). After returning to my native USA in 2010, I have continued developing my movement and meditation practices in nature, my creative writing, and the joy of making fun stuff out of clay. www.depthmovement.com