Events

October is my birth month: an emblem of 73 years of life experience. I spent this past month in Ireland, dancing while aging, falling and rising, and falling again.  I spent a week in Dublin, working with two seasoned community dance artists, Philippa Donnellan and Ailish Claffey on a grant supported* project of Philippa’s called Body of Work. We spent several days together intensively working, improvising on the theme of caregiving, a plot that thickened with every improvised sole, duet and trio. The grant gave us the gift of exploration without having to meet specified demands, follow a script or agenda or produce an outcome.

 

I then travelled to Galway, a vibrant city on the West Coast of Ireland – the Wild Atlantic Way –  to teach at the Alexander Technique Centre. The Alexander technique is a roadmap for learning to turn harmful mental and physical reactions into productive responses. The transformative agent? Attending to simple daily actions while receiving hands-on guidance from a teacher while employing a hefty dose of pausing and choosing to redirect one’s being towards a more harmonious state of being and becoming. Alexander teachers use the lightest touch – one that is informative – not formative. This touch makes no demands. Teachers eliminate words that harness a student’s nervous systems to muscular excess (must do, should do, ought to do). The result? Discovering qualities of ease and freedom on the go.

 

On return to Dublin, I applied my trade to working with students in a music performance class at the College of Future Education in Ballyfermot, Ireland (a suburb of Dublin). This master class was a challenge – helping volunteers one-on-one learn to transform their performance stress into artful expression in less than 10 minutes! This marathon called for my swift attention to the crux of the problem at hand – e.g., physical manifestations of lack of confidence – and finding ways to help the students face their fears with greater poise and possibility. Thanks to professor Franziska Prendergast for inviting me to work with a wonderful group of youth ready and eager for change.

 

The final leg of the journey was a delightful three days working with the Masters dance students at the University of Limerick. The classes were housed in the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, a fabulous house for traditional and contemporary arts that at once preserve the old and sustain fused and hybrid forms for the future. I worked with 12 students from Brazil, Palestine, Ireland, the Czech Republic, China, Taiwan, and Texas (its own country!). Over 18 hours, we danced in an open studio space overlooking a glorious esplanade of greenery and the river Shannon.

Masks and social distancing notwithstanding, our time was spent in a meshwork of enfolding and unfolding body and materials, playing with principles of grounding and expansion, body patterning, and spatial support. Our partnership unearthed a wealth of movement creation, an alchemically rich compost for going forward

the whole trip a gift a play of gravity and gravitas – one to plumb, probe and fathom in the coming days as landscapes of old still beckon.

 

*Thanks to the Kildare County Council and to Carolann Courtney for their financial support of Body of Work.

 

A Snapshot of Human Origami 

Human Origami is a guided improvisational process that explores folding through movement and sound. Folding is how we got here, the personal and collective biological archive that threads throughout our lives.

Preview a Human Origami improvisational duet of folding while aging.  Film director Elisabeth Barbier of ICI & Now was the third mover in the room as she recorded the session. Also, enjoy a sampling of Susan Sentler’s dance/movement and multi-media installations and projects inspired by human origami and showcased around the globe.

Human Origami invites all movers to join in an immersive environment – a meeting of matter and mind, memory and meaning. Our workshops and  jams are free or very low cost. What happens? Human Origami allows the parentheses around everyday habitual movement  to drop away, opening doors to deeper layers of embodiment. From the source of a movement impulse comes to new forms and pathways.  Come join us at any of our events! No movement training is necessary.

 

Human Origami 

for people living with Parkinson’s & their supporters

Glenna Batson, movement muse

Jude Casseday, soundscape artist

Workshops TBA in 2022

At any moment, your moving eye can follow a line well beyond its visual limits, curve around a folding contour, and flow into the potential of IF. Come join Glenna and Jude as they layer in a moving landscape of folded play.  No matter if your movement journey takes you inwards or into the outer perimeters of the sound surround. You’ll be supported and carried by the reverberating walls of the here-and-there and the beyond. There’s no limit to where your moving consciousness can take you!

 

Glenna Batson is an independent movement educator who supports agency and creativity through embodied movement practices. At 71 years young, she remains inspired by many inroads to embodied knowledge – contemplative to expressive, artistic to scientific. www.humanorigami.com  http://glennabatson.net

 

Jude Casseday  With over thirty years’ experience in theatre and music arts, Jude Casseday offers soundscapes and music for parties, gatherings, film and dance. Read Jude’s blog: Jude’s Soundlings (did you hear that?) at https://dejacusse.blog  Examples of her sound work can be found at https://soundcloud.com/dejacusse/tracks

 

Glenna Batson, movement muse

Jude Casseday, soundscape artist

View Jude’s Soundscape Score with Glenna in action!