Containment and Release: Objectifying the Sentient Body.
with LA-based artist and educator Doran George
Saturday August 19 + Sunday August 20 2-5:30pm
sliding scale: $80-100
Fee adjustments are available.
any one. any level. any discipline.
about the workshop:
Bringing together visual art and dance, this workshop is informed by Somatic practices, improvisation, and Performance Art. Participants will explore physical encasement and extrication from light domestic and industrial materials, collectively making some of our bodies into 'sculpture' from which the contained person ultimately breaks free. This engaging and powerful practice offers an unfamiliar (for many) window into visual, sensory, interpersonal, and often emotional experiences of physicality and movement. At its essence the work is improvisation within binding and release. There will be opportunities for everyone, if they so desire, to explore encasing and being encased, practices which draw forth very different experiences. Previous participants have talked about the workshop as ritual-like, in ways that take on personal associations. Yet others have responded more to formal dimensions in the work, fascinated by how the body gets defined by, and then exceeds, objectification. The workshop includes Somatic practices conducive to containment, as well as interpersonal and individual exercises to build trust and enable release. We will also practice strategies for being seen (performing) as we move into and out of debilitation.
Participants are not required to engage in all aspects of the work, but it is essential to understand that containment and release entails vulnerability. Workshop participation thus requires a level of responsibility. Please PM Doran if you have any questions; they enjoy talking about the nature of the work. Doran has taught this workshop in professional dance and performance contexts, as well as in Higher Education, in LA, Britain, France and Portugal. Spaces are limited, so you are advised to register in advance. In order to take the workshop, you must register by August 16, at which time you will be given more information.
Doran George PhD is a cultural historian writing on sexual culture, avant-garde dance, and performance art. They are currently writing a book that will be the first critical history of ‘Somatic’ training’s on contemporary dance. Doran is also a performance artist and choreographer who deconstructs socio-political identity categories, stages work that builds micro-communities, and cultivates radical practices of intimacy. They stage work in arts and non-arts contexts, which has included working with people facing bereavement and terminal illness. George’s artwork and scholarship is represented in art books, Oxford University Press anthologies, and journals. They currently lecture in Dance, Disability Studies and LGBTQ Studies at UCLA, and teach erotic work in art and sex-positive contexts. Doran also engages in public scholarship through writing and symposia that they produce, and they mentor artists such as through California’s Choreographers In Mentorship Exchange program and London’s Wellcome Trust.