DANCING THE INTERNAL BODY - For everyone.
Access your creative inspiration and learn to move in new and transformative ways. Maureen Fleming, acclaimed New York City choreographer and performance artist, creates surreal movement poetry that gives birth to a new vision of the body.
In this workshop, Maureen Fleming shares her distinctive approach, which originally arose from the avant-garde Japanese dance movement: butoh. Her unique approach adds catharsis and alchemy to the traditional dance techniques of strength, flexibility, and balance. In a disciplined way, Maureen expertly guides you to your deepest creative core, helping you discover and reveal the transcendent that resides in physical form.
You will learn:
- FLEMING ELASTICSTM, original exercises that initiate movement and voice from the innermost layer of muscles, promoting efficient movement and increased flexibility
- Transformative imagery to challenge the way you think and help you move past physical form
- Massage that incorporates stretching and shiatsu techniques to increase joint flexibility and unlock energy blockages
This deep, regenerative inner work allows for a more complete realization of your personal and creative vision and is geared for directors, actors, dancers, singers, yoga enthusiasts, therapists and anyone interested in discovering their movement potential through an efficient and integrated training that becomes a part of daily life.
When the Psoas muscle is strengthened with an awareness of the diaphragm pushing down, the vocal channel can open, creating sustainable and regenerative movement and sound.
The sound can serve as a thermometer for the open internal channel in movement, allowing the practitioner to ‘hear’ the correct alignment. This process can lead to the development of an open and flexible human physical instrument in both sound and movement thus leading to the creation of sustainable movement and voice for performance and daily life.
Images that ‘drive’ the muscle to ‘drive the gravity’ moving up and down the body can aid in this process. Many of the images used by Maureen Fleming can be found in the spiritual writings of the great mystics from Rumi to Yeats to Ohno and also in the great religions of the world.
MAUREEN FLEMING, an American born in Japan, has gained international recognition on five continents for her singular form of multimedia performance. Fleming brings the discipline of a classicist and the imagination of an iconoclast to her unique performance art. Fleming has twice been awarded fellowships from the Endowment for the Arts, Japan Foundation PAJ, Rockefeller MAP Fund, National Dance Project, and the Fulbright Commission as well as three fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, and numerous fellowships from USArtists International.
“She seemed to transcend the material world and enter a realm of pure spirit … wondrous choreographic metamorphosis.” The New York Times
After extensive study in Japan with Kazuo Ohno, co-founder of Butoh, an avant-garde movement developed in post war Japan, she went on to perform with his son Yoshito Ohno and to tour internationally with performance artist and choreographer Min Tanaka. Fleming continued her training in the United States as a scholarship student under the Cecchetti master Margaret Craske. In 1984 she became an artist-in-residence at La MaMa ETC in New York, and since 1994 has conducted workshops at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Brown University, RISD, Seoul Institute of the Arts, and The Juilliard School.
August 21-23, 2015 l $400 Includes: tuition, food & housing l Arrive: Thursday, August 20
Workshop begins Friday - ends Sunday l Depart: Sunday, August 23 after AM session
Phone: 917.575.4969 l Email: firstname.lastname@example.org l www.maureenfleming.com
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