HERE ARE SOME NOTES TO KEEP TRACK OF WHERE I AM AND TO HELP ME FOCUS AND FIND DIRECTION
7th November Dance Base – Monica de Ioanni – lovely intro to contact impro
16th November Weekend Jam Festival Classes People Ideas
- Classes Srik Narayanan
Niamh Oloughlin dancer in Edinburgh
Imaging the Human Body Ewing; Body Image Space Tufnell and Chrickmay;
Attending to Movement. Somatic Perspectives on Living in this World. edited by: Sarah Whatley, Natalie Garrett Brown, Kirsty Alexander. This edited collection draws on the conference, Attending to Movement: Somatic Perspectives on Living in this World, run at C-DaRE, the Centre for Dance Research, Coventry University.
The Axis Syllabus
Body Stories by Andrea Olsen “BodyStories is a book which engages the general reader as well as the serious student of anatomy. Its information is applicable to dancers, artists, athletes, bodyworkers, massage therapists, teachers, and individuals with injuries or with a special interest in learning about their body. .
Journal of Philosophy and the Visual Arts
Johannes the German physicist; Caroline Hofler from Austria (Biodanza); David and his partner from Stirling University
22nd November Leith Class with Monica in Leith
28th November Dance Base – Monica’s class Understanding more Lovely duet with guy
4th December GaGa class at Dance Base with Chen-Wei Lee
Gaga is a movement language and pedagogy developed by Batsheva Dance Company director and teacher Ohad Naharin. Used in some Israeli contemporary dance Gaga has two educational tracks which are taught in Israel as well as several other countries: Gaga/Dancers is intended for trained dancers and comprises the daily training of the Batsheva Dance Company; Gaga/People is designed for the general public and requires no dance training. Many dancers have stated that after taking Gaga classes, their passion for dance has been re-ignited; they have found new ways to connect to their inner beast without being self-conscious about how the movement looks while at the same time discovering how to listen to their bodies/self.
Gaga students improvise their movements based on somatic experience and imagery described by the teacher, which provides a framework that promotes unconventional movement. The imagery is intended to guide the performer’s movement expressivity by focusing attention on specific body regions. For example, “Luna”, “Lena”, “Biba”, “Tama” and many more words are used to experiment in a performers body while dancing. Mirrors are avoided in Gaga training to facilitate movement guided by sensing and imagining rather than sight. 
Gaga is the movement language developed by Ohad Naharin throughout many years. The language of Gaga originated from the belief in the healing, dynamic, ever-changing power of movement.
Gaga/people classes offer a creative framework for participants to connect to their bodies and imaginations, increase their physical awareness, improve their flexibility and stamina, and experience the pleasure of movement in a welcoming, accepting atmosphere.
Teachers guide the participants using a series of evocative instructions that build one on top of the other. Rather than copying a particular movement, each participant in the class actively explores these instructions, discovering how he or she can interpret the information and perform the task at hand.
6th December at Dance Base Residency sharing of Chen-Wei Lee on her project “The One Continues”
31st December 2019 to 1st January 2020 Movement meditation at New Year with Dr. Catherine Wright
Movement Medicine is a dance practice, and an awareness practice. It invites us to dance deep into the experience of our own bodies. You need no prior experience, only a desire to dance and connect with your own wisdom and wildness. In movement we can learn to be inspired by the elements around us and within us, the Earth, the Water, the Air and Fire. Movement Medicine keeps bringing us back to the dancers that we are, and allows us to tap into the wisdom of our own bodies.
Each person is a dancer. Our bodies, even in stillness are dancing with life. The breath in and out of our lungs. The blood pumping round our bodies. Eating, sleeping, digesting… all of it is a dance with all of creation. And through Conscious Dance we can become more profoundly connected with Nature and with our own true nature.
4th Jan Jam in Jan
Somatics – book by Hanna about how to keep the body supple. It is a great read for anyone (everyone?) who thinks that age = stiffness and deterioration. Read it!!