In this workshop we will offer practices for living and dying together on a damaged earth. We can’t rely on models that perpetuate this crisis. We need to practice embodied knowing to repair our relational fields. We must hone our skills. to improvise, to play, to experiment, to be receptive, to be in the unknown and trust we have the resources in our bodies to negotiate, survive, and thrive. Ecosomatics is a dynamic approach to learning and living and asks how embodiment plays a role in building knowledge which can support a transformation for all of us to move from concern, to care, to action when it comes to the ecological crisis. Together we will practice living, breathing, sensing, perceiving, digesting, dying, and decomposing to help us perceive more of the whole scale of the sensitivities and intelligences within us, the human and non-human, the transforming spaces, the before and after with a goal of rebuilding our relational web.
Olive Bieringa is a dance, performance and visual artist working at the intersection of social and creative practice, pedagogy, and healing. She is a teacher, and practitioner of Body-Mind Centering and a program director of Somatic Education Australasia. She collaborates with Otto Ramstad as the BodyCartography Project whose mission is to engage with the vital materiality of our bodies and minds to create live performance that facilitates a re-enchantment of embodiment, relationship, and presence. She is a doctoral candidate at the Theatre Academy, Uniarts Arts, Helsinki.