Somatics and Scores

annie-sarahJuly 12, 12-4pm $25

Join me along with Annie Rudnik and Sarah Gottlieb for a one day four hour workshop. Let’s get creative and sweaty together! Recommended for all levels of movers. Just $25! And then join us for a very special edition of New Room hosted by Eli and April.

Register today to ensure a spot 

Sense yourself more clearly; dance more intentionally. Become alive to the present moment. Develop compositional organization. 

This workshop approaches somatics through the lens of performance. Somatic experiences attune movers to their internal rhythms and organic systems, helping them to feel more accurately what it is they do. Sarah and Annie will guide dancers to sense deep layers of internal connection and ease of movement with Feldenkrais and Laban/Bartenieff Fundamentals. Participants will learn to integrate inner/outer focus with internal impulses by exploring the role of the witness. They will cultivate choice-making methods through improvisational score building. This workshop teaches students to bring their vibrant internal sensations into lively connected performance. Students will learn to:

    • Deepen internal awareness and forge new connective pathways
    • Translate somatic experience into expressive movement
    • Enliven to the possibilities in space, time and among other performers
    • Make compositional choices and meaning sourced from embodied sensing
    • Learn methods for building, following, and sensing an improvisational score

This workshop is open to movers, performers, dancers, current collaborators, performance ensembles, and anyone who wants to explore the roads between embodiment, communication and artistic expression.

Presenter Bios:

Annie Rudnik, GCFP

ANNIE RUDNIK, GCFP is a choreographer and Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (Chicago, 2013). She has performed on stages, nightclubs, and streets nationally and internationally. Annie was awarded 2013 LinkUp Artist in Residence at Links Hall. Through this residency she created an intergenerational dance work with performers ages 17-93, many of whom reside at Norwood Crossing Senior Living. This piece toured across the Chicago area to theaters and senior homes. Critics described the work as “…unlike anything youʼve seen” and “…tremendously tender, authentic, and humane.” She also received grants from the Puffin Foundation, ArtMill CZ, and Meredith F. Russell Fieldwork Fellowship.
Annie has taught dance and performance at Beloit College, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Smith College, and Mt. Holyoke College. Her work Paramount Theatre, 1932 was commissioned by Beloit College and is now part of their repertory. Known as “The Writer” among the tap dance community, she is the biographer of former Vaudevillian Harold “Stumpy” Cromer. While working with Cromer, she published a cover story in On Tap magazine and archived their early oral histories with the New York Public Library for Performing Arts at Lincoln Center. She has spoken on panels regarding dance and diversity with dance luminaries such as Liz Lerman. She graduated with her BA from Sarah Lawrence College (2007) and she is currently an MFA teaching fellow at Smith College.

Sarah Gottlieb, CLMASARAH GOTTLIEB, CLMA is a Chicago-based movement artist, dance-maker, and somatic movement educator/therapist dedicated to her vision of a world transformed through kinesthetic communication.  Certified in the somatic field of Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analysis, by Integrated Movement Studies, Sarah is fascinated by developmental patterns, inner characters, and the spatial matrix.  An avid Contact Improviser, Sarah regularly facilitates the Chicago CI Jam, creates duet and ensemble performance scores, and has been a guest artist at festivals across the US.  She is the current Artistic/Teaching Director of GLACIER, the Midwest’s oldest ongoing CI festival.  Other influences include Nana Shineflug, Kristina Fluty, Sara Rudner, KJ Holmes, Sara Shelton Mann, Martin Keogh, Karen Nelson, the improvisational practices based out of Judson Church, Body Mind Centering, Feldenkrais, and Raq Sharki. Her current choreographic project “Yolk” has received funding from the Department of Cultural Affairs, and is unfolding through years of movement research about the relationship between fertility, creativity, and incarnation.

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