Somatic Practice Short Course, 2018: Feldenkrais into Contact Improvisation

University of Bedfordshire
Somatic Practice Short Course, 2018: Feldenkrais into Contact Improvisation
With Simonetta Alessandri
Wednesdays 10-1pmFebruary 7 – March 14 2018 (5 sessions)
Bedford Campus

The Feldenkrais Method is a somatic discipline which uses experiential learning to achieve a psycho-physical awareness of the whole self. Directing attention to internal sensation through exploratory sequences of movement we will question our habits in order to open new possibilities in our physical organization. By respecting the internal logic of the body we will grow from somatic awareness towards working with larger and more complex movement. Awareness of the roots of a movement and the emergence of new possibilities gives us a reinvigorated sense of ownership and pleasure in our solo dancing. From solo dancing we will move into duets using specific movement patterns from Feldenkrais to underpin partner work. The clarity and subtlety of the somatic work will be reflected in how we listen and respond to a partner. This short course is open to post-graduate students and professionals in the fields of dance, performing arts, theatre, movement, somatics, bodywork.

Simonetta is Italian dance artist based in London. She teaches at Trinity Laban, and Goldsmiths University and London Contemporary Dance School. Her work is informed by more than 30 years of dancing, teaching and choreographing. Her choreography has been for dance companies, student pieces, large scale opera, improvised performance, site specific and movement direction for theatre. She taught for more than 20 years in Italy and kept Contact Improvisation alive in Roma for 10 years with her classes and jams. She has been a guest teacher in Germany, Colombia, UK, Norway, Israel, France, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and Taiwan. She obtained the Post Graduate Diploma in Choreography at London Contemporary Dance School, she is qualified teacher of the Feldenkrais Method and she holds the Teacher Certificate of the Royal Academy of Dance. She’s now involved with the UK tour of The Nodines, an interactive dance show for families, created and performed by herself, her daughter and her partner Rick Nodine.

£100 full / £80 students, unemployed, freelance

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