MAINE: K.J. Holmes teaches a weeklong dance retreat at Bearnstow on Parker Pond
This workshop brings together the somatic studies of Body-Mind Centering®, ideokinesis, and other release techniques, as well as yoga, dance, contact/ improvisation, voice and theater studies. It will offer students the opportunity to discover the innate wisdom of the body for creative performance. Basic anatomy and physiology expand our range of choice and the quality of movement and voice and enable us to make the invisible visible. Our investigations will include the external space, time and place, using the environment of Bearnstow as the landscape of the imagination.
Through improvisation and composition we will explore musicality and phrasing, how the senses influence and motivate our movement choices, and how we craft time and space. We will explore and work in all of Bearntow—forest, lake, paths, cabins, weather. There will be time each day for an early morning yoga class, group sessions, and individual time for exploring and developing material. And there will be time to wander in the wonder of Bearnstow for research and relaxation. Each student will be required to keep a journal of activities, experiences, observations, and thoughts. The time at Bearnstow will be very much about the unfolding of each participant’s imagination and the shaping and crafting of it as we absorb the influence of each other and all that is the nature of Bearnstow.