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Helsinki, Finland – Resources For Survival In The Information Age – 30/31st August and 6/7th September 2014

This two-weekend workshop is presented as part of the longer TEAK Open University course “What is somatics?” – the full course is 10 weekends and is worth 10 study points – it is possible to join for one of the single two-weekend blocks taught by one of the five course teachers

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BodySchoolis an ongoing workshop series in which Malcolm Manning shares his research into the application of somatic and postmodern dance practices to everyday life situations in a way that is accessible and relevant to anyone. There is nothing in these workshops to get right, the aim instead is to develop a physical dialogue with ourselves and our environment in which we are empowered to be our own experts. The power of the work is not in mindlessly exercising, but in learning to pay attention to ourselves during any activity, which can become a resource to increase our comfort in any moment.

The 21st century post-industrial digital age presents particular challenges to our sense of embodiment. The prevalence of the computer and increasing activity in the virtual sphere together with the shift towards freelance patterns of employment which blur the distinction between work and leisure have led to the increase of stress in our lives.

This two-weekend workshop, Resources For Survival In The Information Age, aims to offer a counterbalance to this situation by exploring what it might mean to ground and centre our experience back in the body. Taking this as our theme, these two weekends aim to offer a time and place for recuperation and an opportunity to learn tools that can support us in our daily lives.

Malcolm Manning is a somatic movement researcher, educator, mentor and artist. He offers his work as a resource for performing arts professionals in dance centres, companies, festivals, and higher education programmes. He also teaches a workshop series for every body called BodySchool in which applies his work to everyday life situations.

He is certified to teach the Feldenkrais Method® and Body And Earth® developed by Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose. He studied for two years at the School for New Dance Development (SNDO) in Amsterdam and has an MA in Dance Pedagogy. He has made extensive studies of contact improvisation, authentic movement, Movement Shiatsu, Body Mind Centering and experiential anatomy.