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SUMMER INTENSIVE 2018 / still some spaces available

Deepening the Dance - Aligning into Poetic Space

Lily Kiara & guest teacher Laressa Dickey

In this Summer Intensive, Lily Kiara collaborates with poet, dancer, somatic practisioner Laressa Dickey, who will offer two sessions. Together they will draw from Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT)™, Improvisation, craniosacral theory and the practise of writing poetry.
Aliveness and precision, refinement, subtlety, responsiveness, availability, depth, lightness, listening, resource, stillness, poetry. Tuning into ourselves and tuning into the dances being made.

13-17 August 2018
Mon 12:00-18:00, Tue- Fri 11:00 - 17:00

275 euro

Studio Belcampo Loft (directions below)
Inside De Hallen
Hannie Dankbaarpassage 10  (side street of Kinkerstraat)
1053 RT Amsterdam, NL

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

photo by © Sara Anke Morris / Lily Kiara in Towards Disappearance

You must tilt your head to see the world. - Laressa Dickey

In improvising dances, how do we align within ourselves and in relation to others, to space and time, story? What does this mean in sense of where our attention is, how we direct ourselves and allow ourselves to move? The practising and developing of a dynamic, alive alignment. Aligning the self with the dance, creating poetics in compositional space. Being in time in place.

We will tune into the possibility of suspending and expanding into different layers of the physical and spacious self. Working with images is an essential part of SRT. These images often are creating different kinds of spaces inside the body. How deep inside and how far outside can we suspend into space and how may this affect the way we dance together? How does working with imagery affect our imagination when we make dances?

We include the practise and generosity of witnessing, watching and being watched, seeing and being seen. How does being seen support and affect our dance?

Writing will be part of our practise, as another way to tune into the subconscious, to reveal, to release, sometimes to remember and in other moments to forget (for-get). Releasing into writing into releasing writing. How does working with imagery affect our imagination when we write?

What kind of dances and writings are born out of the space of stillness? What arises, what deepens, what aligns? What is revealed in layers of the self and in relationship, between us?

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

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle form of bodywork that originates from Osteopathic practice. It holds that the Health of the body is always present in the patient, and that the role of the practitioner is to support the whole Health through gentle and informed touch. The craniosacral fluid fluctuates around the brain and spinal cord in several rhythms, in fact, there are rhythms within rhythms. We will work with these principles in the dancing and in the being.



Laressa Dickey (USA, Berlin) and Lily Kiara (Amsterdam) first met in Berlin in 2010. They gradually became more acquainted with each others work and continued meeting and exchanging, in poetry, songs and dance. They started performing reading-concerts in 2014, with poetry by Laressa Dickey and folk pop songs by Lily Kiara. Throughout the years they developed a sharing practise also including dance and somatic work, through Improvisation, Skinner Releasing Technique, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Poetry as well as a shared training with Suprapto Suryodarmo in Indonesia.

Laressa Dickey is a mover, bodyworker, poet, and curious soul. She’s the author of 3 books of poems including Roam, and several chapbooks including A Piece of Information About His Invisibility. Since 2005, she’s been using movement improvisation to inform her writing and vice versa. Her bodywork is informed by Craniosacral Therapy, BMC, Amerta Movement practice, integrative massage techniques and an attuned, empathetic imagination.

“Laressa Dickey’s debut full-length collection of poetry originates deep within the spine. In a language more felt than fathomed, Dickey choreographs sounds and images in swirling, sinewy gestures, … … They are poems to be felt with the whole body, ankles and all.”  Excerpt from a review about Bottomland, by Sarah Suksuri

For Lily, you can go this page and read under 'descriptions'. You can find more details on their individual websites: Laressa Dickey & Lily Kiara


If you wish to join, please send a mail to Lily Kiara. Deadline for signing up is 22 July/ extended to 3 August. 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.

To make your registration complete, you can wire €275 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 (please note the different name!): IBAN: NL47INGB0003491465 / account name:. A.M. Venendaal, Amsterdam, NL / BIC: INGBNL2A /

The workshop is at the studio Belcampo Loft
Inside De Hallen
Hannie Dankbaarpassage 10  (side street of Kinkerstraat)
1053 RT Amsterdam

opposite of café Belcampo and the cinema, up the round stairs
tram 7, 17 halte Ten Katestraat
tram 3, 12 halte Kinkerstraat

Studio Belcampo 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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