Grounding and Fragile Balances with Joerg Hassmann Day 4

This is the fourth day of a five day winter intensive with Joerg Hassmann.

What is the relationship between our neck and our centre (where our centre is located just below our belly button)? We start by studying this while an artist draws our feet.

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Grounding and Fragile Balances with Joerg Hassmann Day 3

This is the third day of a five day winter intensive with Joerg Hassmann.

We sit on the ground with our legs crossed or similar, and we use the ball of our foot to massage our thigh; pressing it in; putting our weight onto it; we also use our hands for self massage too.  This is the start to my favourite day of the intensive, and there’s a lot of material!

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Grounding and Fragile Balances with Joerg Hassmann Day 2

This is the second day of a five day winter intensive with Joerg Hassmann.

We take a cushion and lying on the floor with a cushion underneath us, we rock back and forth with our pelvis as a pivot point (fulcrum). The movement is back and forth in our pelvis and not rolling side to side. “Rocking is pushing and falling” says Joerg.

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Grounding and Fragile Balances with Joerg Hassmann Day 1

This is the first day of a five day winter intensive with Joerg Hassmann.

We sit on the floor in a circle – about 20 people – and our teacher Joerg Hassmann introduces the course. It’s the first day of a five day intensive training at the Somatische Akademie in Berlin called Grounding and Fragile Balances.

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Three Dancers, Two Chairs (Library Dance workshop)

We held a Library Dance workshop today (Sunday 17 December) at Oxford Contact Dance. Here’s one of the investigations with Naomi Morris, Lizzy Spight and Julie Nicholls: three dances, two chairs. Oh yes, and books!

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Morris Dancing meets Contact Improvisation?!

I am starting a new project – combining Morris dancing –  an English folk dance – with contact improvisation to produce a number of ‘sketches’.  Dance artist Naomi Morris (yes, that really is her name) and I have already started jamming ideas. The working title is ‘Morris Remade’. I’m not quite sure where this is leading us … !

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