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San Francisco – Juxtaposition : A Dialogue between practices – 19-22nd Nov 2013

presented by [ABC] Arts Building Consortium. With Support from Alternative Conservatory and THEOFFCENTER. Learn and experience from the techniques and knowledge from master somatic practitioners Sara Shelton Mann and Malcolm Manning


November 19 to 22 (Tuesday through Friday) from 10 to 1:30
10 to 12:00 – Proto-Technique by Malcolm Manning
12:15 – 1:30 – The Body Process by Sara Shelton Mann

At Studio Gracia – 19 Heron Street San Francisco


$250 Full 4-day Intensive
To register email Kristen Greco [kristengreco10 at gmail dot com]

Class Descriptions

Proto-technique class : Moving from the fish body

proto- (first, primitive, ancestral); indicating a precondition or an early stage of development of certain features. As in protoplasm, prototype, proto-punk

This is a process-oriented dance class focused on how we experience ourselves moving and how we imagine ourselves into being. The invitation is to enter into a perceptual dialogue with ourselves in which we become the experts of our own experience.
The aim is to develop self-awareness as a tool for creating and refining our own dance practices. The impossibility of a purely physical training is assumed from the start and the class also encourages critical and conceptual interrogation of the many discourses that shape our experience. It is a class about dancing in context.

It includes material from experiential anatomy, ideokinesis and the Feldenkrais Method and is part interactive lecture, part guided and part open movement exploration. The continual mapping of movements back to the simple acts of standing and walking means the material is approachable and useful for anyone.

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The Body Process –
A basic introduction to “the body process with an application to space”
By Sara Shelton Mann

This means approaching a body process/a focus on a system/puzzle/skill with clarity and the intention of removing all automatic phrasing of body language as a means of organizing or analyzing.

The class will be focused on technical aspects of limbs, and core with an energetic component of intuitive reclaiming of spacial orientation and sitting into the present without the internal story and with the naked reality of beginning. Improvisational skill development, technical skill development, finding the awareness of the knowing of what is arising. Simplicity is the antidote to glamour.

PotLuck/Social Opportunities

Potluck scheduled for Nov 18 – location is TBA
if you are interested in attending please email Mary for details.


Malcolm Manning – (UK/Helsinki) is somatic movement researcher, educator, mentor and artist. For the last ten years he has focused his creative passion on devising movement and dance classes which draw on his embodied knowledge of the Feldenkrais Method, contact improvisation, experiential anatomy, improvisation/composition and authentic movement. He views teaching as a performance art. He teaches classes at the Theatre Academy of Finland (TEAK), helped develop the Dance and Somatics course at ISLO in Joensuu, Finland, and teaches at dance centres and festivals throughout Europe. For more information visit

Sara Shelton Mann – (San Francisco) Sara has developed interdisciplinary teaching and performance methods that work with the person as the vehicle of transformation. Her company Contraband appeared on stages, in warehouses, abandoned buildings and outdoors from 1979-1996. She collaborated and toured internationally with Guillermo Gomez-Pena 96-99. She was a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow in Choreography for the creation of “Monk at the Met”, presented in 2003. Sara is a 2 time participating mentor in Choreographers in Mentorship Exchange (CHIME), a project of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, and she has received 6 Isadora Duncan Dance Awards, most recently for Outstanding Choreography for “tribes/dominion” in 2010 created with media artist David Szlasa, through a Gerbode in Collaboration Award. “Zeropoint” toured two Russian cities in summer 2012, supported by a grant from Dancers’ Group through the Trust for Mutual Understanding and US Embassy funding, and Sara also held residencies in Germany at Dock 11 in Berlin and Ponderosa in Stolzenhagen, as well as SPAZIO at ICK in Amsterdam. Sara’s work has been supported by Djerassi Artist in Residence Programs, Commissions, NEA, NEFA, SFAC, Irvine Foundation, SF Foundation, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Gerbode Foundation and others.


> About Long Legs

LONG LEGS is an interactive/archival series aimed at recognizing and researching how we as a community are contributing to an environment that supports a life dedicated to art. LONG LEGS offers direct access to individual dance/performance artists who are ‘lifers’ in their fields, who embody deeply researched sources of and perspectives on art and culture, and who reflect and influence a map and matrix of form and field. LONG LEGS explores longevity, legacy and lineage. It calls out sustainable artistic and survival practices. It celebrates experienced experience and honors evolution and endurance while tracking threads of dance/performance history through individual lives.


[ABC] Arts Building Consortium is an artist-driven and artist-oriented platform with a mission to ensure that San Francisco continues to grow as a provocative and productive hub for contemporary artistic expression and discourse.