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Aligning Technique, Composition & Presence

14-18 August / Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00 / Amsterdam, NL
260 euros / 220 early bird, before 1 July 2017

Training bodies and beings as independent imaginative dancers and makers

The Summer Intensive has been going for over 15 years and is intended for more experienced dancers, movers, choreographers, mimers etc. so we can deepen and broaden the work in the professional field. If you are not sure but wish to join, please contact me through mail 



Aligning technique, choreography and presence: recognizing and making connections between the different areas of technique, making dances and how we are present. Where is our attention is while dancing and creating? This includes looking at connectedness, interconnectedness, relatedness, relationship. How are we relating, as we are dancing together; to each other, to the space, to time, to what is being made? From individual process to making dances together.

We will work technically through the practise of Skinner Releasing Technique. In the afternoon we will move into making dances solo  and together. How you are in touch with your own body, how you are present, often directly affects how you are available, responsive in the dance making. There is a continuous interchange between allowing things to happen and making them happen. Receptivity and fierceness. Throughout the day connections will be made between the different areas, to recognize how the practise of each can support, enhance and clarify the other.


Tuning into dance technique and the creative process simultaneously through the use of imagery, designed to enhance expansion and strength with efficiency and ease. 

Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT)™ is an innovative approach to dance and movement training, developed by Joan Skinner. It is designed to ease tension by promoting effortless moving and integrated dynamic alignment of the whole self. The teaching strongly draws on guided imagery and hands-on partner studies, supporting an experiential understanding of both the technical and the creative process in movement. There is an ongoing fine tuning in allowing ourselves to consciously fall into unknown creative territories. It engages many layers that are involved when we dance and create, inside as well as outside.
Softening, noticing and allowing are some of the main areas of practice in Skinner Releasing (other than release), that support action into newness. Softening supports the releasing of strength through efficiency and responsiveness. Allowing encourages listening, to one's own dancing first. This way we can become more available. In the technical work and in creating dances, directing and allowing are side by side, as are stillness and action, receptivity and fierceness.

Joan Skinner used to say: “Letting go is a discipline”. It is a continuous practice, practising.

SRT is different from what has come to be known under the name 'Release Technique' in several ways. To name a few:

* It is process oriented, releasing other than release. It trains dancers to be deeply in touch with their own bodies continuously evolving.
* The alignment is approached as dynamic alignment, also dynamic stillness.
* It brings together technique and creative process through the use of imagery and they way you are working from imagery in class. It is directed to the becoming aware and evolving of your own individual process and imagination.
* There is a possibility of transformation through the use of specific imagery inside the body while moving. It is about experiential understanding and when an image or any offering is actually felt in the body, it changes the dancing body.
* A layering of depths throughout one class and throughout a series of classes.

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If you wish to join, please send a mail to Lily Kiara. Early bird is available until the 1 July. Deadline for signing up is 15 July. It is extremely helpful if you confirm in time by payment or by staying in touch about it, otherwise you loose your place or the workshop might be cancelled because i don't know in time who is coming. So if you are interested, please register in time and be clear about your participation and registration. It helps these independently set up workshops to be possible. It is very much appreciated! Thank you! Preference is given to participants who commit to coming for the whole workshop. Please send me a few lines of your previous experience. Details for further registration you can find below.

I will be traveling in June. If you mail me during that time, i may respond a little later than usual. Please be patient. I will get back to you! Thank you very much.

To make your registration complete, you can wire €260 / € 220 to the account below. If you cancel up until 10 days before the workshop, €60 administration costs will be kept. If you cancel after that, there will be no refund. You will receive a receipt on the first day. If the workshop is cancelled, you will get the full amount return. If you need other ways of payment, please let me know. If you just communicate about it in time, it is usually fine.
Account: IBAN: NL47INGB0003491465 attn. A.M. Venendaal, Amsterdam, NL / BIC: INGBNL2A /

The workshop is at Studio Singel, in Westerpark area in Amsterdam.
1e Nassaustraat 7, 1052 BD, tram 10, 3 or bus 22.
Studio Singel and Lily Kiara are not to be held responsible for any physical injury or damage or loss of possessions during the workshop.

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photos: Mary Reich / Lily Kiara & Fitri Sastrodiharjo, Indonesia