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Please note: you can find info here about workshops i offer. Yet, if you might find that current workshops are not updated, this might be due to some computer trouble. In that case please visit my facebook page especially for workshops or mail me directly. I hope to solve this asap. Thank you!

WELCOME -Please note the latest dates for registration for the Amsterdam workshops. You can find writings about my teaching when you scroll down. Click the links for full description and more information on each workshop. Preference is given to participiants who take part in the whole workshop. Thank you. For private sessions, please scroll down.

Here you can find more about Skinner Releasing Technique


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Summer Intensive 2019 / Mon - Fri 12-16 August / Amsterdam, NL / some sessions by Laressa Dickey! / details will follow

14 - 18 May / Tue - Sat / Improvisation: Space & Presence / Potsdamer Tanztage, fabrik Potsdam, Germany / For updates please visit the site of fabrik

5 February - 30 April / morning training Skinner Releasing Technique 10:00-12:00 / February: Tuesdays only / March & April: Tuesday and Thursday / Amsterdam, NL / details



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1 - 29 November / Tuesday and Thursdays morning training 10:00-12:00 / Skinner Releasing Technique / Amsterdam, NL / details

Summer Intensive 2018 with guest teacher Laressa Dickey! / 13-17 August / Mon 12:00 -18:00, Tue-Fri 11:00-17:00 / Belcampo Loft / Amsterdam, NL description and details here

29 May - 2 June / Tue - Sat 10:00 -13:00 / Improvisation, Timing / Potsdamer Tanztage, fabrik Potsdam, Germany

February, March, April Tue & Thu / + EXTRA classes Tue 1, 8, 15 May! / Skinner Releasing Technique morning training 10:00-12:00 / February: Tuesdays only, March, April: Tue and Thu (not 1 March) / Amsterdam, NL / details & discount

20 January / Sat 13:30-17:30 / Skinner Releasing Technique / Dansimprovisatie Utrecht / for details and registration, please visit Dansimprovisatie Utrecht


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5, 7, 12, 14 December, there'll be extra Morning Trainings Skinner Releasing Technique on Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-12:00. These are for more experienced dancers, movers, mimers, actors etc. (if you are not sure if this applies to you but you would like to join, please contact me at this mail address). 10 euro per class. More information, see info about the Morning Trainings in the Autumn

19 September - 23 November there'll be Morning Trainings Skinner Releasing Technique again on Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-12:00. These are for more experienced dancers, movers, mimers, actors etc. (if you are not sure if this applies to you but you would like to join, please contact me at this mail address). 10 euro per class. More information, discount and details.

7, 8 October / Sat, Sun 14:00 -18:00 / Skinner Releasing Technique / Arnhemse Meisjes, New Seeds / info and registration

19 & 26 September / Tue 19:30 -21:30 / Improvisation / Endings / As part of the Workshop Series set up by Katie Duck and Manuela Tessi / Please note you need to sign up for this to make sure it happens: HERE / More info on the series HERE

Tue 5 & Thu 7 September, 10:00-12:00 / Single Classes Skinner Releasing Technique / these 2 dates i will offer Skinner Releasing classes that are open to different levels of experience. Also an nice entry into the training again after the holiday and before the series following this. Anamorphic Studio, Overtoom 301, top floor, 10 euro per class. More info and details.

14 -18 August / Mon- Fri 10:00 -16:00 / SUMMER INTENSIVE - Connections / Amsterdam / more info here

24 - 28 July / Mon - Fri, 10:00-14:00 / SRT & Improvisation / Tanzfabrik, Berlin / details and registration

NEW: Single Classes April - 18 May 2017 / Skinner Releasing Technique - Continuing in September!
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00-12:00 / Except: NOT Thu 20, BUT Fri 21 at 10:30-12:30 / More info here

NEW: Single Classes in March 2017 > Continuing in April - 18 May! See above for times etc. Skinner Releasing Technique: Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00-12:00 / More info here

25, 26 February / Sat, Sun / Skinner Releasing Technique & Improvisation / SpazioNu / Italy / for info and registration, please visit SpazioNU

11, 12 February / Sat, Sun 11:30-17:30 / Skinner Releasing Technique & Improvisation / Dansimprovisatie Utrecht / for info and registration, please visit Dansimprovisatie Utrecht

Between 3-23 January / co-facilitating sessions by Pak Suprapto Suryodarmo, Margit Galanter, Sally Dean, Julie Nathanielsz and giving sessions within the context of Field of Reciprocity / a project tuning into questions about performance, culture and decolonization / Tejakula, Bali, Indonesia

Individual Sessions

I am offering private sessions. Depending on your personal wishes they can tune into attention and presence, body awareness, on specific areas in the body and the body and self in movement. The approach in these sessions is based on my ongoing experience in practising (since 1997) and teaching (since 2001) Skinner Releasing Technique, Instant Composition (since 1990) and my attention to performing from stillness. They can also be related to artistic work and particular areas that you come across. About the artistic work we can be in touch beforehand to see if a session with me could be of support. Below on this page, you can also find more writings about my teaching areas. If you are interested , you are very welcome to contact me through e-mail. I can then give you more details. The sessions are held in a studio in Amsterdam and are one hour minimum. Thank you.


The teaching derives directly from my artistic work of making performances, as well as writing and performing songs. The immediacy of the imagination in the physical body, direct action and poetry are underlying areas of attention in each workshop. My individual training continuously informs my teaching as well as the making of pieces. I am primarily practising improvisational work/composition, Skinner Releasing Technique™ (SRT) and martial arts. In the approach of the body and the use of intelligence and imagination in composing, I am also inspired by a.o. writers, musicians, documentary makers, photographers and environmental artists. I am thankfully influenced by my teachers. To name a few: Lisa Nelson, Julyen Hamilton, Irene Hultman (Trisha Brown Company), Peter Schmidtz, Eileen Standley, Joan Skinner, Robert Davidson, David Zambrano, Suprapto Suryodarmo.

Lily Kiara has been teaching at independent studios, festivals and art institutions such as Sfadi Festival, Seattle, School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam, HJS, Amsterdam, TEAK, Helsinki, Dance House, Melbourne, STRUT, Perth, Link's Hall, Chicago (with Michael Schumacher and Eileen Standley), Kinitiras, Athens, Mimeschool Amsterdam, Rotterdamse Dansakademie/Codarts , Tanzfabrik Berlin, fabrik Potsdam, Hochschule fur Tanz und Musik, Cologne. She also has been guiding dancers/choreographers and mime players in their artistic processes at several departments of the Theatreschool as well as independent dancers / makers.

Workshops can include one or more of these fields of work:

* Skinner Releasing Technique™ (SRT) - Practising SRT since 1997, certified SRT teacher since 2001
* Creating (Instant) Dances
* (Live) Music & Dance – with or without a musician – for dancers and/or musicians
* Dance & Lights in Performance, with lighting designer Ellen Knops  
Each workshop can be tuned in more specifically to its particular situation and context. If you are interested in organizing a workshop, we can dialogue about what might be appropriate and supportive, and I can send a specific description for that workshop.

To give you an entrance into the teaching I offer, you can find some writings below:

Skinner Releasing is often a basis or a way into the work. Sometimes as a full or more 'strict' SRT class, other times using and integrating principles in a more fluid way, in order to support the particular attention or interest of the workshop more directly.

Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) is a dance technique in which we tune into the detailed and infinite layers of ourselves through the dancing body. It is developed by Joan Skinner. It is a technique which enhances any movement style and any activity. Alignment is approached in multi-dimensional and dynamic ways, other than as fixed places to be in.
The classes in Skinner Releasing (other than release technique, see some differences here) are designed to support each individual’s process in moving effortlessly and efficiently. Specificity and articulation of movement are enhanced. There is an ongoing fine tuning in allowing ourselves to consciously fall into unknown creative territories, through guided imagery and hands-on partner studies. As the imagination is in direct touch with the physical body, it affects the dance in its immediacy of making. 
It is a self-propelling process, in which noticing and allowing, support action into newness. Awareness is developed through practicing principles of Releasing individually, with a partner and as part of the group.

Softening and allowing are some of the main areas of practice in Skinner Releasing. Softening supports the releasing of strength through efficiency and responsiveness. This way we can become more available. "Letting go is a discipline", is what Joan Skinner liked to say in the training.
Allowing, encourages listening to oneself, becoming more aware of where we are, how we move and what moves us. In the process, both softening and allowing enhance awareness and having choices.
In the technical work and in creating dances, directing and allowing are side by side, as are stillness and action, receptivity and fierceness.

The value and reality of imagination become obvious in SRT. The body can transform with the use of the imagination, sometimes instantly, sometimes through process and practice. Yet, it seems to me that these days we learn much faster and so often there is immediate change and knowing, process seems to take place in different ways and timings than before.

The poetic is related to the imagination - and the awareness and experience of space and resonance.

I have been emphasizing or tuning more deeply into aspects of SRT where SRT has lead to further insights and interests, such as: Integration of inside and outside; How familiar can we become with the different layers within ourselves while dancing; Stillness and resonance; Receptivity and responsiveness / perception and communication; Autonomy and support.

Part of my development in training and teaching SRT continues to be finding, realizing more and more connections, between technique and choreography, and even within the technique itself, revealing the intrinsic (spiraling) complexity and depth of SRT. Much of my dedication is to embody these findings, realizations and layeredness, and to share them, through performance and in teaching situations.

Another area of my dedication lies in allowing images to evolve from my own practice and seeing how some of them may connect to the essence of work we do in classes and be helpful there (naturally, not all these images make it to being shared in the classes).

Creating (Instant) Dances brings awareness to composition, to the making of dances. We work with instant composition (evolving and practising tools and awareness to create instantly), using principles in a way that can be applied to making pieces in any way you prefer to make. We make connections between how we are with-in our bodies and (instant) choreography, to then move our imagination, intuition, intelligence, into direct action and in composition, dealing with time, space and ‘story’. We make connections between the technical, individual work and the compositional work. We tune into different layers and investigate how fine tuning into these different layers affects how we are relating; to ourselves, to others, to space, to time, to the piece. In recent years, stillness through listening and its relation to presence in performance has revealed to be integral part of my teaching. The ongoing interest is to dance with an aliveness, efficiency and intimacy in the body and an inherently perceptive, available and responsive self while composing instantly.

Dance & Lights in Performance, with lighting designer Ellen Knops. This workshop focuses on the interaction between dance and lights in performance. Both dance and lights are approached as autonomous, dynamic elements.  Lights are not merely supportive, but communicate with the dance. We investigate the differences and similarities in lights and dance and in their approach in composition. We work with choices which value both elements equally in the creative process. We focus on space and time in the interaction between performer and lights. As this workshop arises from our artistic collaboration in instant composition in dance and lights (since 1995), we approach the interaction from an improvising situation. All performers/choreographers/actors/visual artists/designers/architects who are interested in a more conscious interplay between performer and lights are welcome. Participants will be circulating roles of: performer, lighting designer, lighting operator and observer. Participants are stimulated to bring in specific questions or situations they want to investigate.

(Live) Music & Dance We look at the interplay between music and dance. How can they communicate? What are we listening to and how can we respond? What are we looking at and how may that affect the music? Where does our attention go? Allowing and directing through listening.
We approach both dance and music as autonomous and equal elements of a performance. Each of these can take on different roles in the making. Yet, how can music and dance listen perhaps, to the same thing, so that a deeper way of connecting can take place?
The basis of the work is training our awareness, both in dance and in music. Everything starts with perception, simply noticing what is there. What do you see? What do you hear? What do you listen to? In finding out more about how we perceive we go deeper into the questions of how dance and music inform, influence, perhaps change, and hopefully challenge each other.

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photo by Sean Williams / Suprapto Suryodarmo & Lily Kiara, Indonesia