This workshop will lead participants through a practice, partly structured and partly improvisational, that develops multi-pronged sensory and kinesthetic awareness and builds to embodying intentional joy. The session will be divided into three sections.
First, participants will be guided through a brief warm-up of major joints and activation of the body’s energetic centers. This will be followed by creative exercises that focus on integrating the nervous system and strengthening hand-eye coordination.
In the second section, participants will be led in a yogic warrior practice that examines the complementary, but different, alignment of limbs that create solidity in placement.
The final section of this class—a meditation on joy—builds on the preceding careful balancing of principles of extension and integration. This last section also invites all participants into their own creative practice, improvising with sound, vibration, gesture, and movement, to identify a bodily methodology to arrive at a state of joyfulness.
This class works with dance and movement but requires no specific training in these forms. It can be practiced across a range of abilities, as every sequence can be interpreted to suit the practitioner, standing upright or seated in a wheelchair. Practitioners will be encouraged to work bare feet, as able.
Participation details coming soon.
Ananya Chatterjea অনন্যা চট্টোপাধ্যায়, is a 2011 Guggenheim Choreography Fellow, a 2012 McKnight Choreography Fellow, a 2016 Joyce Award recipient, a 2018 UBW Choreographic Center Fellow, and a 2019 Dance/USA Artist Fellow. Her last work, Shātrangā: Women Weaving Worlds, has toured to the Bethlehem International Performing Arts Festival (Palestine), Aavejak Avaaz Festival (Delhi), Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond), Dance Place (Washington DC), Rutgers University (New Brunswick), Kohler Arts Center (Sheboygan), Kelly Strayhorn Theater (Pittsburgh). Ananya is Professor of Dance at the University of Minnesota, where she teaches courses in Dance Studies and technique. She just published her second book, Heat and Alterity in Contemporary Dance: South-South Choreographies, re-framing understandings of Contemporary Dance from the perspective of dance-makers from global south locations.