Workshops

K.J. Holmes
April 13 - May 4
Wednesday
10:00 am-1:00 pm $100
Abrons Art Center Studio G05
Body, Mind and Image (Workshop)
This 4 day workshop will focus on deepening and extending the imagination into creating dance/theater through the image work of Ideokinesis and the work of Mabel Todd (The Thinking Body) as learned from Andre Bernard; Body-Mind Centering®, developed by Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen; and writings of somatic philosophers and poets. $100 for full workshop OR $30/day.
Melanie Maar
May 1 - May 29
Sunday
11:00 am-2:00 pm $100
Abrons Art Center Studio G05
practicing being and seeing (Workshop)
a class series on familiar forces, organs and internal /external relations to be explored together in a somatic context within the artistic environment of the dance studio. $100 for full workshop OR $25/day.
Antonio Ramos
May 1
Sunday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm $5
Abrons Art Center Studio G05
Antonio-Krais
This lab will begin with gentle floor work based on the Feldenkrais Method®. It will be followed by a slow movement exploration affording each individual the opportunity to listen to what is within themselves and to discover their own innate movements. From there we will explore movement phrasing based on my own improvisations. Adding music, I will encourage the participants to create their own crazy characters by decomposing the phrase given and experimenting with discovering their own dance in the space.
Sam Kim
May 15
Sunday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm $5
Abrons Art Center Studio G05
Deeply Located, Fiercely Liberated
In Deeply Located, Fiercely Liberated, participants will inhabit the atmospheric conditions used to create my latest works, Fear in Porcelain and Sister to a Fiend. In this workshop we will create and destroy physical forms as well as assumptions about meaning, forms, formlessness, beauty, value systems, risk, and utility/futility. Through improvising, observing, writing and talking, we will engage in a variety of energetic transfers that encourage total absorption and liberation in dance practice. Registration available in person at the start of the lab.
Eleanor Bauer
June 20 - June 24
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
4:00 pm-6:00 pm $75
Abrons Art Center Studio G05
CHOREO|GRAPHY: writing the dance, dance writing (IDD Workshop)
Working in the gaps, contradictions, similarities and affects between the nature of thought in dancing and the nature of thought in language, we will pull words closer to the movement, to the body, to the mind of the dance. A practice-oriented workshop of dancing, writing, and making dance, we will invite our language brain to be affected by our dancing, reinventing the meaning and process of "choreography." ///// PART OF: Janet Panetta's International Dance Dialogues.

Past Classes

iele paloumpis
February 7
Sunday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm $5
Abrons Art Center Studio G05
Mystical Somatics: A Practice of Presence Between Worlds
As a queer, trans, dance artist and death doula living with invisible disabilities, there are many reasons I feel liminal spaces can be avenues toward healing. Recently I’ve been developing a movement practice exploring complex fields of consciousness by intertwining the material with the immaterial. For this Process Lab, participants will tap into various trance states and generate movement through guided meditation, intuitive knowing, Tarot imagery, ritual and games that create cognitive dissonance. Together we’ll exist deeply within and radically outside of our bodies.
Tamar Rogoff and Gregg Mozgala
February 12
Friday
10:30 am-12:30 pm $25
Abrons Art Center Studio G05
Body Scripting Workshop
Tamar Rogoff and Gregg Mozgala offer a Movement Research Workshop in partnership with the Dance on Camera Festival co-presented by Dance Films Association and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, coinciding with the screening of the documentary, Enter The Faun. The film, directed by Tamar and Daisy Wright, shows how as a choreographer Tamar trained Gregg, an actor with Cerebral Palsy, to become a dancer. They will demonstrate the experiential methods used to transform Gregg's body. Sitting on chairs or standing and moving through the room, participants are guided into experiencing new and surprising places in their own body from which to move. Whether it's the feel of the cheek bones or being led to the sternum, or tailbone, the participants explorations take them far from their habitual patterns to discover a freedom in movement that they might not have known they had. This 2 hour workshop is open to all, from dancers to physical therapists, from people with disabilities to neurologists. No movement training necessary.
Otto Ramstad
February 13
Saturday
4:30 pm-8:30 pm $80
February 14
Sunday
2:00 pm-6:00 pm $80
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
TORSO: EMBRYOLOGY AND ANATOMY (Workshop)
A Body-Mind Centering® workshop that will focus on the upper torso: heart, lungs, shoulders, nerves, glands, bones, and muscles. Studying embodied anatomy through a hands-on practice, we will dive into the systems of the body and create a deep foundation from which to expand our physical potential, and heighten our sensory awareness.
Peter Sciscioli
February 21
Sunday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm $5
Abrons Art Center Studio G05
Voice as Movement
This lab is intended for anyone interested in exploring or using voice in performance. Drawing focus to breath through awareness and a basic physical warm-up, we will move into an anatomy-based approach to producing sound. Various exercises for cultivating stamina, resonance, range, volume, and articulation will be introduced. We will explore how the extension of movement into sound can alter our perception and activate space differently than movement alone. Further, we will experience a dialogue between spoken language and movement. Finally, we will discover how this interplay can expand the variety of choices that are available to performers, allowing for a fuller means of expression through the body. Registration available in person at the start of the lab.
Martha Eddy
February 27
Saturday
5:00 pm-8:30 pm $50
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Somatic Fantastics for Dance – From Alexander to Zero Balancing
Dance somatics have been cooking since the 70s across the world. Now, more than 45 different somatic movement systems exist and many of them were initiated by dancers. Get a taste of at least 10 systems and learn how they contribute to your art of dancing. Eddy will share activities from her writing on Somatic Awareness and Dance and from BodyMind Dancing™. Eddy has explored Body-Mind Centering®, Laban/Bartenieff studies and Dynamic Embodiment™ for over three decades in the way that it is applied to dance phrases and improv structures. Come play, create, contextualize what's fantastic about somatics.
Cecilia Bengolea and François Chaignaud
March 7 - March 9
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday
4:00 pm-6:00 pm
March 11
Friday
9:30 am-6:00 pm
Abrons Art Center Studio G05
Gangster Dancehall and other Repertory (IDD Workshop)
Attention New York City Dance Artists! We would love to meet you for a four day session of practice: Monday to Wednesday with Movement Research at Abrons Arts Center, and Friday at Dia:Beacon Museum. Looking ahead to an extensive show of our works at Dia:Beacon in May-June and September-October 2017, we aim to meet New York dancers who could work with us in the near future. We look forward to dancing with you through our piece Sylphides. We will be experimenting with the repertory of gangster dancehall with and without ballet pointe shoes, and combining it with vocal practices. Please bring sneakers and pointe shoes (if you have them). ///// PART OF: Janet Panetta's International Dance Dialogues. ///// PLEASE NOTE: This class meets Mon/Tue/Wed from 4-6pm at Abrons Arts Center Studio G05, and Friday at Dia:Beacon. Click on Register to view complete details. /////
Leyya Mona Tawil
March 20
Sunday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm $5
Abrons Art Center Studio G05
Destroy// Laboratory
This is a lab for somatic and conceptual inquiry based on Leyya Mona Tawil’s research-performance project Destroy// All Places. After preparing the psyche and body, we will journey through a series of solo-form experiments. This work is built on manipulations of the nervous system, using a physical approach to gaming the ego. Our destroy mechanisms depend on intention, and the promise of durational activities. The work we attempt will be self-monitored and -motivated. Registration available in person at the start of the lab.
Laurel Atwell and Tess Dworman are WellMan
April 3
Sunday
3:00 pm-6:00 pm $5
Abrons Art Center Studio G05
WellMan Clinic
This clinic integrates artistry and health for all creative people who seek a connection between their emotional, physical, and artistic worlds. We will explore various types of introductory meditation that attune awareness and open up intuition, moving into a qi gong practice based on invigorating and moving energy. This will be followed by a group discussion geared toward individual or group questions/desires/needs. Registration available in person at the start of the lab.
Cecilia Lisa Eliceche
April 4 - April 8
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
4:00 pm-6:00 pm $75
Abrons Art Center Studio G05
Touch: A feel for feeling one’s body through and with others (IDD Workshop)
We will explore the body, movement and the space we’re in through touch. Hands on, feet on, center on, head on, back on, legs on… in duo, trio and group constellations. We will dance in close proximity and with some distance too, working with the physical matter of the body as well as extended notions of ‘touch'. Touching and being touched. Feeling one's body through others, a feel for feeling others feeling you. We will work with lifts and partnering to feel one’s body through other bodies as we invite sounds, smells, images, memories and fictions to touch us. As we are touched, we will touch back, invoking fictions of mythical goddesses, personal idols, historical creatures, shared ancestors and the spirits of nature. Dancers, witches, wizards, fairies, shamans, poets, creatures, pirates, subalterns and radicals, all welcome. ///// PART OF: Janet Panetta's International Dance Dialogues.
chameckilerner
April 9 - April 16
Saturday
4:30 pm-8:30 pm
April 10 - April 17
Sunday
2:00 pm-6:00 pm $150
Movement Research at Eden's Expressway
Dance In Frame (Workshop)
This is a workshop about "why, when and how" to convey a choreographic idea into video. Through hands-on exercises, we’ll explore tools available in this medium, like framing, camera movement, deconstruction of space and time. Are those tools essential to translate your idea, and is the video the best medium for your concept? These are some questions we will be examining in this workshop.
Deborah Hay
April 25 - April 29
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
10:00 am-2:00 pm $160
Abrons Art Center Studio G05
the prepared body (Workshop)
The body is capable of so much more than what it can do. For example, sound coming from the piano was more or less constant until John Cage created the prepared piano by introducing different objects into its’ body. These components altered the piano’s harmonics. Similarly, questions will be applied to our bodies to alter the harmonics of movement through choreography.

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    May 2, 8:00pm
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