Imagine an ensemble composed of azure sky, soaring ravens, jagged cliffs, the sun dappled floor of an aspen grove, the poised silence of a desert hare. Imagine yourself as an integral part of this ensemble, the life of this land and your own life meeting, informing one another. Here, near the old adobe settlement of Santa Fe, where forested slopes meet the high desert in the foot- hills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the place is inviting you to dance!
How does the human animal sense and move within the more-than- human terrain? In this era of transformation, when so many are struggling to meet the earthly changes now upon us, join cultural ecologist David Abram and movement artist Taira Restar for an adventure into the felt space between the body and the breathing land. We will open our creaturely senses, slipping into subtle and dynamic movement, artistic play, and ensemble work with trees, rocks, sunlight, wind, cricket- rhythms, and cloud-shadows. Our explorations will include guided movement, improvisational dance, earthly poetics, rich reflection, and solo time with the other shapes that surround.
How will the many-voiced intelligence of this place speak to, and through, your person?
DAVID ABRAM, PhD, is a cultural ecologist and geo-philosopher who lectures and teaches widely around the world. He is the author of Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology and The Spell of the Sensuous: Perception and Language in a More-than-Human World. www.wildethics.com
TAIRA RESTAR, MA, RSME, is a movement artist and body-based arts educator, who teaches and works with groups internationally. She is on faculty at Tamalpa Institute. Taira is passionate about exploring human beingness in and as nature. Taira will draw upon her own Living Ensemble practice as well as the Tamalpa Life/Art Process® (tamalpa.org). www.tairarestar.com
ROCK TREE CLOUD: PLACE DANCING is part of Everyplace Dances, a series of place-specific arts workshops and a project of Alliance for Wild Ethics.
When: October 12-14, 2012
Where: Mountain’s LAP studio / 1190 Harrison St. Studio 2A, Santa Fe, NM, 87505
Cost: Workshop costs are $325/ $275 if you mention Santa Fe Creative Tourism. Includes art materials
Website/Blog Address: www.tairarestar.com