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Blood, Sea: salty, fluid dances - Embodied Anatomy - Spring 2018

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Blood, Sea: salty, fluid dances - Embodied Anatomy - Spring 2018

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Blood, Sea: salty, fluid dances - a monthly BMC® Series
with Nicole Bindler
3/24, 4/21, 5/12 from 11am-2pm
any level, any discipline, any one
$20 general/$18 artists at the door || $18 general/$15 artists in advance || $42 for the whole series 

Photos 1, 3, & 5 taken by Meredith Sellers at the Mutter Museum
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Blood, Sea: salty, fluid dances
Embodied Anatomy with Nicole Bindler
Three monthly sessions: 3/24, 4/21, 5/12 from 11-2pm (workshop descriptions below)
any level, any discipline, any one

at the door: $20 general/$18 artists || in advance: $18 general/$15 artists || $42 for the whole series

 

Nicole Bindler's spring BMC classes are inspired by her current choreographic research and several threads that are explored in Body-Mind Centering: our evolution from the ocean to land, our ontogenetic journey from the amniotic sea of the womb to adulthood, and the embodied anatomy of the fluids, which can inspire and support our movement.

The title is drawn from the writing of Italo Calvino. His short story, "Blood, Sea" refers to the balance of salinity in our blood and in the ocean from which we humans evolved: “Bathed by the primordial wave which continues to flow in the arteries, our blood in fact has a chemical composition analogous to that of the sea of our origins.” As we evolved into terrestrial beings, we brought the sea inside of us onto land.

Saturday March 24, 11am-2pm
Your Heart is Everywhere: The Embryological Development of the Blood Vessels

In this workshop we will embody the embryology and anatomy of the heart, which is one helical tube that is continuous with the pulmonary artery and the aorta. The blood vessels are a fractal web that permeate all of the tissues in the body. They are lined with smooth muscle that facilitate the movement of the blood. In this way, the heart does not do all of the work and is is supported by the blood vessels, which are a natural extension of the heart. Through anatomical study, somatic movement, and partnering, we will explore how this distribution of effort enables us to put less expectations on our hearts, and to sense the possibility that our hearts exist everywhere in our bodies.

Saturday April 21, 11am-2pm
The Endocrine and Immune Systems: Blood as the Transport System for Our Identities and Emotions

Building on the idea that our heart is everywhere, this workshop we will explore how the endocrine and immune systems are everywhere because they use the blood as their transport system. We will cover some basic cells and organs of the immune system and the roles of the various endocrine glands. We will go cellular and molecular with our attention and telescope outward to see how these chemical processes impact our ideas and relationships.

Saturday May 12, 11am-2pm
Spirals and Polarities within Contact Improvisation: Blood and Cerebrospinal Fluid

This hybrid Contact Improvisation/Body-Mind Centering® workshop will explore polarities as they manifest in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid, which are the heaviest and lightest fluids in the body. In utero the blood forms in the yolk sac in the front, and the cerebrospinal fluid arises from the amniotic fluid in the back. Within these two fluids we can find opposition and balance between front/back, inner/outer, gravity/space, folding/extending, rolling/sloughing, and underdancer/overdancer. The transitions between these poles are nonlinear and take us into spiral pathways.

Nicole Bindler's performance work and teaching have been presented throughout Europe, North America, Argentina, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, and Quito. Her dances have been supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Leeway Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Ellen Forman Memorial Award. Bindler holds a BA in Dance and Poetry from Hampshire College, a degree in Muscular Therapy from the Muscular Therapy Institute, and certificates in Embodied Anatomy Yoga, Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga, and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering ® from the School for Body-Mind Centering®. She has taught Somatics and Improvisation at Temple University, University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her writing has been published in Critical Correspondence, Contact Quarterly, Emergency Index by Ugly Duckling Presse, Jewish Currents, BMC® Currents, Curate This, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, and thINKingDANCE. Bindler is a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council and is the Founder and Director of The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice. www.somaticsandsocialjustice.org || www.nicolebindler.com