Experiential Practice: Releasing, Easing, and Unleashing with Abby Crain

Experiential Practice
Releasing, Easing, and Unleashing with Abby Crain
Wednesdays 12-1:30 PM
October 10 - December 5
*No class 11/21/18

Drop-ins welcome. ODC class cards accepted, or pay a $15 drop-in fee per class.

The ODC School invites guest artists to come to teach classes in Experiential Practice on Wednesdays. Keep an eye out for who’s coming to ODC!

Sourcing from the powerful structures and insights of Skinner Releasing as they have been interpreted through Stephanie Skura’s Open Source Forms, this class guides movers in an experiential, somatic, and creative practice that further the dynamic interplay between imagery, consciouses, releasing, and the unpredictable dynamism and mutability of the unfettered body in motion. This class is suitable for dancer, actors, poets and other creative students of all levels and bodies. Participants will be invited to move and dance both subtly and vigorously, to lie on the floor, to engage in class writing as a tool for processing of bodily experience, to practice simple hands on partnering prompts to unlock holding in the body and cultivating efficient and easeful alignment in the body, and to work with the voice. The work is a powerful aid to both technical and creative development.

Open Source Forms is an emancipatory and transformative practice which demands care, attention and participation that is both mindful and courageous, but holds personal and group experience at the forefront of its awareness as opposed to mastery of specific movement forms or skills.

Abby Crain is a dancemaker and performer with roots in both the Bay Area and the New York performance worlds. Her work houses challenging emotional, visceral, political and theoretical material within simple and spacious structures. Current research includes creative practices to undermine the telios of anthropocentric and cadaver-based anatomical theory on the moving body. She teaches and performs her own work nationally and internationally, and has worked extensively with Miguel Gutierrez and Sara Shelton Mann.

photo credit Yvonne Potra, courtesy of FRESH Festival 2016