INVAGINATION & CLITORAL EMBODIMENT
NICOLE BINDLER | MARCH 14 - 17
Invagination & Clitoral Embodiment
a Body-Mind Centering® workshop for humans of all genders
The embryology of the genitalia represents an unexplored frontier in Body-Mind Centering®. Unlike its embryological corollary, the penis, the clitoris is absent from most illustrated anatomy texts. Clitoral Embodiment remedies the inattention paid to female and non-binary genital development by presenting a framework for embodying multiple potentials for sex and gender expression through imagery, movement, and embryological study, with an emphasis on invagination over penetration.
Invagination––not to be confused with the anatomical vagina––is a fold, or the act of folding. It is a biological process, a state of being, an embrace, and a way of relating to space and others. We originate as a simple structure that divides and complexifies, enabling us to perform more refined processes through increased surface area. The embryological development of the various tissues in the body go through a fractal process of coiling, creasing, and differentiating - producing infinite folds. In this workshop we will practice invagination and develop a feminist reimagining of space through somatic research, embodied embryology, and ensemble dance improvisation.
People of all genders are welcome, and all explorations in this workshop will be practiced fully clothed.
Participants will have access to four articles by Nicole Bindler about Invagination & Clitoral Embodiment published in the Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, Contact Quarterly, Somatics Toolkit, and the forthcoming Embryo Book Project.
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 FACILITATOR
Nicole Bindler–dance-maker, Body-Mind Centering® practitioner, writer, and activist–has practiced contact improvisation (CI) for 25 years. Her work has been supported by numerous grants and fellowships, and presented on four continents. Recent projects include curating an evening of Palestinian dance films; somatic research on the embryology of the genitalia from a non-binary perspective; and a solo dance, The Case for Invagination, in which her scars speak candidly about trauma and desire. Upcoming engagements include co-editing a book, Gathering Sparks: Jewish Arts and Somatics, and contributing essays to the Embryo Book Project and the Neuroqueer Theory Handbook.