BELINDA HE + MOHAMMADREZA AKRAMI | APRIL 5 - 7
Solo and Partnered Studies of Spirals and Pathways through Flying Low and the Feldenkrais Method
Drawing from the Feldenkrais Method, we foster the potency of touch as a vehicle for self-knowledge, community building and technique refinement. Using partnered touch, as well as an invisible, imagined one, we practice specifying pathways and heightening awareness with one another. We propose, at varying speeds of dancing, how “becoming a spiral” is a vital detail of the Flying Low technique. By orienting towards ease and a nuanced listening to our whole selves, we will investigate how to harness and integrate the forces coming from the ground through our individual and collective structures for spontaneously generative dancing, fast, slow, high, low, and everywhere in between, in our shared and solo dances.
Belinda and Momo share a particular relationship to dance and time that they can’t quite yet articulate. They believe that in teaching and creating together, they will come into a shared eloquence that will become communicable and potent. In the meantime, they continue to ask questions together.
Featuring a work-in-progress showing of about face with Belinda He (Singapore/US) and Mohammadreza Akrami (Iran/Canada) on Friday evening, with a post-performance discussion with the artists!
Sliding scale $10 - $20 | pay at the door
Doors open 7:15pm | Performance begins at 7:30pm
SCHOLARSHIP + WORK TRADE
We offer 3 full scholarships for Black, Indigenous and People of Color [BIPOC] folks in each session. As well as 3 Work Trade spots in each session. If interested please select 'BIPOC Scholarship' OR 'Work Trade' when registering via the link below. For more information about the work trade exchange, go to the Work Exchange page.
*Payment Plans: We do offer payment plans for most of our workshops. We can accept payments divided into 2-3 installments paid over a 3 month period. For more details and to set up a payment plan please EMAIL US with the name of the Workshop you wish to attend and 'Payment Plan' in the subject line.
ABOUT THE FACILITATORS
Belinda He is a Singapore born, San Francisco based dance artist, movement educator and Feldenkrais Practitioner who received her MFA in Dance from Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She incorporates her studies of the Feldenkrais Method and aspects of functional anatomy and biomechanics into an ever-evolving personal practice in order to synthesize her physical, intellectual and creative energies. She is dedicated to asking “What is precision?” and questions its relevance to all aspects of her life. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2017, Belinda maintains a private Feldenkrais practice in San Francisco, specializing in working with and coaching professional dancers who are recovering from injury, or desiring to improve their performance. As a performer, she current works closely with Hope Mohr, and also maintains a collaborative creative practice with Karla Quintero in addition to her collaborations with Mohammadreza Akrami. Belinda acknowledges with gratitude teachers and mentors Sara Rudner, Barbara Forbes, Janet Panetta, Sara Shelton Mann, Sandra Chinn and Kira Kirsch.
Born in Tehran, Mohammadreza Akrami is a dance artist based in Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver. His eagerness towards episteme led him to study Physics, Dramatic literature, Contemporary dance, and practicing martial arts such as Wing Chun, Escrima and Chi Qong. His experience in performance art spans from choreographing, dancing, acting, singing, and to pure performances. He has worked on butoh, flying low, passing through, and rituals and music as roots of performance art. His mentor David Zambrano has been, and continues to be, a great influence in his artistic trajectory.