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Skinner Releasing Workshop with Live Music
June 14, 2015 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm MSTFree
Sunday, June 14th – Releasing with Live Music
12:00 PM – 2:00 PM with Nanette Robinson, live music by Michael Dauphinais & Glenn Weyant
$ by donation
Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) is an innovative approach to dance and movement training developed by Joan Skinner in the early 1960s. SRT reveals the natural grace in every human being and taps into transforming states of consciousness that awaken the Dance within. SRT lets us practice letting go: letting go of stress, letting go of unnecessary holding in our body, letting go of pre-conceptions about what is supposed to happen, letting go of fear of awkwardness, letting go of the belief that we somehow don’t have the “right body.”
Through this practice we find energy and power and rediscovery of our natural alignment, improving strength and flexibility, and awakening creativity and spontaneity. The poetic imagery used in SRT often conveys a sense of effortlessness – of being moved rather than commanding movement – and fosters a safe environment in which the individual can release excess tension and open into spaciousness. Tactile exercises are used to give the imagery immediate physical effect in the movements of participants.
Nanette Robinson, choreographer, educator and dancer is ZUZI! Co-Founder and Artistic Director, holds a BFA in Dance from Temple University and is an introductory and ongoing certified instructor of Skinner Releasing. She has travelled internationally teaching and performing and has extensive experience as an aerial dancer and teacher having worked with Robert Davidson and Terry Sendgraff. Nanette’s choreography has been showcased locally with O-T-O, Zenith Dance Collective, Arts for All, University of Arizona Dance Department, Rick Wamer, “Mythos” Project, NEW ARTiculations, Funhouse Movement Theater, The Tucson Poetry Festival, the ADAA Showcase and the Flagstaff Summer Dance Festival. Nanette is currently teaching at Paolo Freire School, with Mirasol Recovery Treatment Program and ZUZI! School. She is thrilled to be a part of ZUZI!. It has been her home and artistic toolbox for creating dances, flying, teaching and working with all levels and ages of dance lovers. Nanette is currently in the MFA Dance program at University of Wisconsin.
Glenn Weyant is a Tucson-based sound activist working with traditional and improvised instruments for more than four decades. Over the past two decades Weyant’s sound work has been primarily focused on using a cello bow and implements of mass percussion to “play” the Sonoran Desert’s assorted ephemera, both natural and human. His sound work has been been featured internationally in films, books, photographs, audio recordings and sound installations. Weyant’s most recent work is a three part suite composed entirely from City of Tucson field recordings titled: The Sonorous Desert City Project. In 2012 Weyant’s performance of John Cage’s 4’33” performed upon the Nogales Border Wall was included in the New York Public Library/John Cage Trust retrospective: John Cage unbound A Living Archive. https://www.sonicanta.com/.
Michael Dauphinais is a Tucson-based musician who integrates improvisation, electronic sounds, and field recordings into rich sonic tapestries. An accomplished pianist, Michael has enjoyed a multi-faceted career as a rehearsal pianist and vocal coach at opera companies in Tulsa, Sarasota, Baltimore, Princeton, Louisville, Albuquerque, Phoenix, and other cities across the U.S. In the summer of 2015, he will be teaching pianists and singers in Costa Rica and Austria. He has also devoted much of his energy toward new and experimental music, having performed in recent years with composers Stephan Moore and John King, choreographer Yanira Castro, Movement Salon, Art.If.Act Dance Project, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, as well as in several contemporary music symposia at The University of Arizona, where he teaches solo and collaborative piano. www.michaeldauphinais.com
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