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Villach, Austria – BodySchool : Moving from the fish body – 22/23rd Sep 2018

Moving from the fish body

In the 3.5 billion year tale of human evolution, it is from our fish ancestors that we and our entire extended vertebrate family inherit our spinally organised head-tail structure. Legs arrived much later, and in some sense their function is simply to get the earth out of the way so that our spines can move as they did in the oceans in which they first evolved. Our arms arrived later still.

From this evolutionary perspective, the “fish body” represents our vital core while our legs and arms are the parts of ourselves that mediate with and enable us to navigate through our terrestrial world. Attending to the “fish body” can create a feeling of core stability and spaciousness that enhances our sense of vitality in everything that we do.

BodySchool is a workshop series that applies somatic and postmodern dance practices to everyday life situations. The workshops move fluidly between lecture and class formats maintaining a sense of lightness, ease and good humour.

We’ll look at some basic skeletal anatomy in order to support our own sensory experience of ourselves and do some Feldenkrais Method® Awareness Through Movement classes. We may also dance a little or do some hands on work depending on the needs or interests of the group.

There is nothing here to get right; the aim instead is to foster a physical dialogue with ourselves and the environment in which we become empowered to be our own experts. More about BodySchool …

Malcolm Manning is a somatic movement researcher, educator, mentor and artist. In his classes, he shares his inquiry of what it is to be a thinking, feeling, moving subject in this world through developing a dialogue with ourselves and our environment in which we are empowered to be our own experts.

He offers his work as a resource for performing arts professionals in dance centres, for dance companies, at festivals, and on 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 the Body And Earth work developed by Andrea Olsen and Caryn McHose. He studied for two years at SNDO Amsterdam and has an MA in Dance Pedagogy. He made extensive studies of Contact Improvisation, Authentic Movement, Movement Shiatsu, Body Mind Centering and experiential anatomy.

Time: 10-17.00 Saturday and Sunday

Place: Das Seminarhaus In Villach, Landskron, Kärnten, Austria

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