The Somatic Performer: Developmental Technique™ and Experiential Anatomy

  • The Somatic Performer: Developmental Technique™ and Experiential Anatomy
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About this course

Duration

5 day

Term Start

6th to 10th July 2020

This workshop is an introduction to the Experiential Anatomy material of Body Mind Centering(BMC)® and Developmental Technique™ as a foundation for both movement and psychophysical research applied to performance. The workshop will offer research tools to identify and choreograph from these somatic sources and to map somatic imagery and developmental states to text, character or situation. Participants will be encouraged to apply the somatic material during the workshop by generating small choreographic or acting/devising studies, or to investigate mixing choreography with physical states of acting depending on interest and background.

As an introduction, the workshop will identify the 6 anatomical systems—skeletal, muscular, organ, gland(endocrine), fluid, nervous—and the basic developmental vocabulary of locomotion from prone and supine pre-spinal to vertical bipedal. Over the course of the workshop, we will apply the tools of breath, sound and movement as the means to more deeply research one or more of the anatomical systems and integrate the experiential anatomy work into the developmental patterns.    

The workshop is led by two pioneers in the field of arts education and somatic research applied to performance, founders of Naropa University’s MFA Theater Program (2004-2020), New York University’s Experimental Theater Wing(ETW) and Movement Research Inc. in New York.

Participants who wish to apply this material to text (dramatic, poetic or song) or character are asked to memorize material prior to the workshop and to bring hard copies of text to share with the instructors and knee pads and loose clothing that covers all surfaces of the body for extensive floor work.


Why choose this course?

An introduction to the Experiential Anatomy material of Body Mind Centering(BMC)® Developmental Technique™ as a foundation for both movement and psychophysical research applied to performance.


Fee and Application Information

How to Apply

Course cost: 
£575.00 early bird (ends Monday 13 April) or £650.00 full fee

Accommodation:
£300 for 7 night booking (Sunday 12 – Saturday 18 July)

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If you have any quesiotns about this course, please email summer@bruford.ac.uk

Terms and Conditions

  • The College reserves the right to amend, withdraw or cancel any course. If the College cancels a course you have booked onto your fee will be fully refunded;
     
  • All courses are subject to a minimum number of students and will not be guaranteed until this number is reached;
     
  • The College reserves the right to refuse admission on to any of our programmes;
     
  • It is strongly recommended that all students insure themselves to cover the loss of fees or travel costs in the event of cancellation, illness or travel problems, for which the College cannot accept any liability;
     
  • Fees are non-returnable once a student has started the course;
     
  • All fees must be paid in full prior to the start of the course;
     
  • Full fees will be refunded for cancellations within two weeks of booking;
     
  • In the event of a cancellation after two weeks from the booking date, a sum of £100 will be retained to cover administration costs;
     
  • The College does not offer deferments for courses not attended.

Course content

The workshop will identify the 6 anatomical systems—skeletal, muscular, organ, gland(endocrine), fluid, nervous—and the basic developmental vocabulary of locomotion from prone and supine pre-spinal to vertical bipedal. Over the course of the workshop, we will apply the tools of breath, sound and movement as the means to more deeply research one or more of the anatomical systems, integrate the experiential anatomy work into the developmental patterns and generate small choreographic and acting studies.

Wendell Beavers, is a dancer, performer, and educator, co-founder and early Director of Movement Research in New York; founded Naropa University's MFA Theatre: Contemporary Performance Program in 2004, Directing that program until 2016. He was a founding faculty member and Director (1984-1990) of The Experimental Theatre Wing (ETW) at NYU teaching there from 1979-2003 where he was involved in applying the Viewpoints in collaboration with originator Mary Overlie. His work has been seen in New York at Dance Theater Workshop (now NY LIVE ARTS) and PS 122. Also at MR at Judson Church, Danspace Project, Dixon Place/Vineyard Theatre and as part of many loft space projects.  He also has taught extensively in the American Dance Festival’s Six-Week School and in numerous university venues in the US and in Europe. He currently teaches, directs and performs under the auspices of his company SomaticPerformer. He is Emeritus Professor of Performance at Naropa University and continues to teach in the Naropa MFA, ETW/NYU, and Collaborative Arts BFA in Tisch School of the Arts. He has studied extensively with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen, developer of Body Mind Centering® creating his own Developmental Technique™ from her work.  Recent/current/future Guest Artist Residencies include Ohio University(Sept ‘15), SITI Co. Saratoga Intensive(June ‘15. '16 ’17 ‘18), NYU/ETW (Spring ’16 and Fall ’17, Spring ’18, Fall ‘18), Nine Years Theater/Singapore (Nov. ’16), University of Colorado, Boulder (March 2018, 2019), Rose Bruford University(London ‘19), Toneelschool (Maastricht, Netherlands ‘19), Vertico(Madrid,’19), and Concordia University(Montreal, Spring Semester 2020)

Erika Berland, is a founding faculty and co-creator of the unique movement curriculum of the MFA Theater: Contemporary Performance Program at Naropa University. She has been in the forefront of creating new techniques and applications of Bonnie Cohen’s ground breaking work (Body Mind Centering®), and post-modern dance techniques in the service of a new aesthetic—fully integrating psycho-physical sources of the actor, and clarity of form, and articulation of the dancer. Erika was instrumental in the development of the first application of movement analysis to fitness training at Sports Training Institute and Plus One Fitness in NYC where among her many clients were, Robin Williams, Kevin Kline, Joel Grey and Glenn Close.  An early student of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the meditation master and founder of Naropa University, and longtime teacher of meditation, Erika has researched the integration of meditation practice and view in the Buddhist tradition with performance techniques and holistic support for the performer. She is a Certified Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® , Licensed Massage Therapist, and  Registered Movement Therapist Her publications include chapters on performance training in Movement for Actors, 2nd ed. (Allworth Press 2017) and Physical Dramaturgy (Routledge Press 2018). Her first book, Sitting: The Physical Art of Meditation, was published in 2017.


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