The F/ol\d as Somatic/Artistic Practice
An online workshop with
Susan Sentler & Glenna Batson
Image: Susan Sentler Dancer: Valerie Lim
Saturday-Sunday, 2nd and 3rd of April
9 am – 12 noon (EDT) (+5 UK, +6 Europe)
The fold becomes itself through the juxtaposition of two opposing surfaces. The enfolding touch is paradoxical – neither a facsimile, nor a replication of itself. Each surface carries its own agency, a non-binary catalytic lock-and-key which generates new patterns and connections. Each side acts as a fraternal twin. While a look-alike, each [side] can express its own motivity, motivation, movement pattern and momentum. In this way, a fold lends itself to a meta-physical encounter. Like a Rorschach inkblot, its mirror image is open to interpretation. In the workshop, we will encounter this coupling through guided somatic movement improvisation and multimedia play. The F/ol\d offers a transposition, a means of hovering between entangled identities. Come slither along the fold’s convex-concave edge, or plunge into the smudge. Either way, you’ll discover The F/ol\d’s fanciful energy and its potential to imprint, inform and transform.
Fee – €60, inclusive of workshop and materials, €40 one day Please remit payment by PayPal to Susan Sentler email@example.com
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Zoom link will be sent within 2 days of the workshop.
En/Unfolding in Ireland
Glenna on the road
October was my birth month: an emblem of 73 years of life experience. I spent this month in Ireland, dancing while aging, falling and rising, and falling again – letting go of the leaves in an elaborate psychophysical folio of movement, thoughts, emotions and dreams. For details, check out EVENTS.
The F/OL\D as Somatic/Artistic Practice
a playshop gathering for our book authors
Now in the 10th year of collaboration, Susan Sentler and Glenna Batson snagged a contract with Intellect Press Embodied Processes in Art Making: The F/ol\d, prospective date of publication early 2023.
We are delighted to invite five notable authors and a graphic artist to join us in a beehive body-storming session around this exciting project. Notables include:
Meghna Bhardwaj, dance artist/faculty, Performing Arts, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi
Jude Casseday, independent soundscape artist, Durham NC USA
Sony Devabhaktuni, faculty, Architecture, University of Hong Kong
Jamie Forth, digital artist/faculty, Computing, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Daniela Monasterios Tan, faculty, Fashion, LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore
Jennifer Lucey-Brzoza, independent designer, Boston MA USA
Susan and Glenna presented online workshops on The F/OL\D at the annual International Documentation of Contemporary Dance Education (IDOCDE) in Vienna this past July and at the Body IQ Berlin Festival.
Stay tuned for more online workshops in The F/OL\D in early 2022 with Susan & Glenna.
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Through Movement Exploration & Sound
Human Origami* is an embodied improvisational movement practice developed by Glenna and Susan Sentler that explores the multiple dimensions of bodily folding. This basic human movement repertoire lies at the heart of our biological archive. From the emergence of cellular DNA to our growth and development throughout life, we enfold and unfold in a myriad of shapes and patterns. In recent decades, scientists have invested in unraveling the mysteries of protein folding – a dizzying array of shapes and patterns occurring at dizzying speeds. Proper folding at this micro-scale seems critical to health. While we can’t know the relationship between cause and effect of disease at this point, we can explore this ‘theory’ somatically – through embodied movement. This we did on March 28th by zoom platform. Glenna is beginning to introduce human origami to an enthusiastic group of folks living with Parkinson’s disease and like-minded dance artists. The movement session also was inspired by a sound score improvised by soundscape artist Jude Casseday. Jude’s blog captures the spirit of the event – one that the human origami team will continue to explore as the art-science idea takes off….and there’s more…
Human Origami is
An evolving STEAM network
STEAM stands for scientists, technology experts, engineers, artists and mathematicians – a trans-disciplinary network whose collaborations give rise to new art forms and scientific insights. Human Origami invites collaborations around the science and art of folding, offering new ways of envisioning and understanding the underlying aesthetic of life’s processes. Performing artists partner with bioengineers to fashion designers. The result? A new perspective on the aesthetics and logistics of human organization.
An embodied process of body-mind transformation.
Human Origami movement workshops explore how the body folds and unfolds in response to an enriched sensory environment of movement, music, language and multi-media that engage body, mind and ear – a liminal experience that transforms consciousness and catalyzes creativity in movement expression.
A window into human development –
Folding is the basic movement repertoire and an archive etched into the history of human development. Bio-Origami is how we got here, a continuum throughout the lifespan. Folding is how the embryo builds a body without a brain – a brilliance that speaks to the fundamentals of movement dynamics in the ecosystem of life.