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Eye of Leo Series: The Gathering – August 26 & 27

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Eye of Leo Series: The Gathering

Friday August 26th & Saturday August 27th, 8PM

Joe Goode Annex

 

Sara Shelton Mann presents the final installment of the Eye of Leo series. Combining the psyches of ten solo events in to the mind and body of Anya Cloud. Mud Loves Love.

This is a gathering of a chorus over time. Some of the parts are missing, some are under the floor boards, some are still waiting to be heard. It is all the aspects of the self that want attention simultaneously – just as the 12th kid comes into the room – just as the sun comes over the mountain.

It is unknown with whom Anya will engage and bring through and what will disappear.  The performance has already occurred, Anya is the architectural sculptor of that which cannot be seen.

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Entering the Spacial Gap – Tuesday Class

Entering the Spacial Gap

a 5 class series of mixing basics with continued research

Tuesdays, 10am to 12pm

May 17, 24, 31, June 7 & 14

Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St., San Francisco, CA 94110

 

Drop Your City Armor 2016 – Dos Rio Retreat

Drop Your City Armor
with Sara Shelton Mann, Abby Crain, and Jesse Hewit

June 20 to 26, 2016.
Dos Rios, CA (3.5hrs north of SF)

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CLASS OFFERINGS:

SARA

Articulate/Questions
Collective inquiry
Finding juice, voice, vocabulary to open into the field of possibility to ask a question and have it cook. How do we learn from each other? A simple question opens up to the intricate nature of the brilliance of each person –without criticism toward, from, to and with – there is a space for creation of transformative experience and action
Chi, movement exploration, journaling, healing, We write, we dance, we speak, we sit together, we hold the cradle of light for truth to lead us.

ABBY

We want to have options; we want to dance a long time; we want to feel good in our bodies; so we will start with the body in mind and work simply and mindfully in the first part of class through new and old body based practices (some shaking, some  fascial release, ball work, some downward dogs and lunges, some body nerd practices, and some hands on partner work.  We also want to enrich our creative palette and expand our minds, so in the second part of class, we work with images and prompts from Open a Source Forms (the rebellious outgrowth of Skinner Releasing)  and other sources to coac the container open and move as eyeballs, aliens, tubes, wind, smoke, sponges, and god knows what else. We will dance and then we will write. It will be fun and the weather will be warm, so lets do it.

JESSE

DIS/POSSESSED – “State work” is a concept in performance practices that can feel both familiar, and also surprisingly vague. It seems to refer to a physical practice of being systematically possessed (or dispossessed) by our interior, by external conditions, by impulse, by spirit, or…something else. In this work, we’ll move through physical experiments with state, practice state-inducing durational group movement, explore conjure art techniques, build “holy spaces” as a mode of inducing/developing state, and engage in painting and writing exercises that are fueled by states of spiritual co-authorship. As an intentional and systemic movement practice, working with states can seemingly unlock huge qualities and powers within our creative bodies; and as a socio-political conversation, it poses rich questions about contemporary crises of power and release, socially-prescribed bodies, and larger culturalisms of claiming, conquering, channeling, owning, and being owned. We’ll dig into the implications of doing this kind of work: what it means to treat the body as an experimentally creative instrument for spiritual work, and what we’re creating when we play between notions of control and of letting ourselves “go.”

DOS RIOS

Hosted on a spacious and wild property near the town of Dos Rios, the land offers the peace and solace of deep rural Northern California. It also provides a beautiful converted hay barn dance studio, a main house, ample camping and access to spring fed swimming holes in the Eel river. During the retreat, nutritious, omnivorous fare will be prepared daily for retreat participants.

Come dance in the barn, swim in the river and discover yourself again unexpected.

Fee (including tuition, meals, camping) $450,
$500 – after May 15th

$150 deposit by May 15th holds your spot and is non refundable. BALANCE IS DUE ON JUNE 1.

THERE IS NO WORK TRADE AVAILABLE FOR THIS EVENT. We keep the price as low as possible to make it affordable.

This retreat takes place off the beaten path, participants should be prepared for rugged land, wildlife, and know that weather can be variable with possible high temperatures. The wilderness is part of the majesty of Dos Rios!

ARRIVAL TIME: Between 2pm & 4pm on June 20th
CLASSES: June 21st – June 25th
PACK & DEPART: Morning of June 26th

For more information email dropyourcityarmor@gmail.com

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Dos Rios 2015 – Drop Your City Armor

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Here’s what is being offered….

SARA:
The partnership of touch/ i see your feelings and hear your thoughts. I know your magnificent body.
Nature is a perfect example of systems finding pathways that support nourishment, collaboration and growth. It is the exquisite example of love and joy. I propose a week of contact opening the alchemical gates. – Dowsing, NLP and spiritual massage included. “Bars” sessions offered by request.

ABBY:
We want to have options; we want to dance a long time; we want to feel good in our bodies; so we will start with the body in mind and work thoroughly and mindfully in the first half of class through new and old body based practices (some fascial release, ball work, stretching, and other good for you things). We also want to enrich our creative palette and expand our minds, so in the second half of class, we work with images and prompts from releasing and other sources to blow the container open and move like eyeballs, aliens, tubes, wind, smoke, sponges, and god knows what else. We will dance and then we will write. It will be fun and the weather will be warm, so lets do it.

JESSE:
I want to offer participants discursive and experiential opportunities to contextualize the training with Sara and Abby; to expand its integration into our regular personal practices in new ways, to consider its relevance in a radically changing set of contemporary environments and conditions, and to actually make dances, writings, and visual art with its tenets. Additionally, I’ll share new dance practices of my own, including a new method for training elemental sensitivities and identifying one’s own sensitivity matrix, work with choreographic telepathy (from colleague Hana Erdman), and work with extreme dynamic object activation/worship.

THE LAND:
Hosted on a spacious property near the town of Dos Rios, the land offers the peace and solace of deep rural Northern California. It also provides a beautiful converted hay barn dance studio, a main house, ample camping and access to large spring fed swimming holes in the Eel river. During the retreat, nutritious, omnivorous fare will be prepared daily for participants by the wonderful Leslie Castellano.

FEE: $450
Includes meals, class and camping

Late registration after May 15th: $550

$150 deposit holds your spot and is non refundable. Balance is due June 1st.

Dos Rios is located 3 hrs north of SF.
Carpooling can be arranged among participants.

For more information and to register contact Kristen Greco at kristengreco10@gmail.com or by phone at 510-206-5198

 

Bios:

Sara Shelton Mann has been a choreographer, performer, teacher since 1967.  She was a protégé of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Lewis in N.Y.C. before moving to Canada where she met Andrew Harwood and fell in love with contact improvisation. In 1979 she moved to SFCA and started the Company Contraband as a performance group and research ground combining the principles of contact, systems of the body and spiritual practice into a unified system of research.  Among her awards are a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 6 Isadora Duncan Awards and Djerassi Artist in Residence Awards. Her Movement Alchemy training is an ongoing teaching project and is influenced by certifications and studies in the metaphysical and healing traditions. Sara’s performance work has been based in SF, CA over the last decade and is a platform for collaboration and research in consciousness.

Abby Crain is a dancemaker, performer and teacher. She has presented work in New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco. Performer credits includes extensive work with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, David Dorfman Dance, and Sara Shelton Mann. She teaches “ARTWORKOUTS” with Margit Galanter artworkouts@wordpress.com, and is engaged in an ongoing collaboration around  language and performance with Bay Area poet, David Buuck. Her teaching is strongly influenced by and ongoing study of Open Source Forms with Stephanie Skura.

Jesse Hewit lives in San Francisco (somehow), and works between the U.S. and Western Europe, mostly (somehow). He is interested in art practice as sacred activation of care, and as bloody destroyer of homogeny.  He is currently working through a cycle of inquiry about terror-anger, ancestors, trust, and connotation, and the work has recently manifested as 1) studies on objects and telepathy with Hana Erdman, 2) a choreography of the relentlessness of form with Maria Francesca Scaroni 3) a dance-inquiry into extinction with Abby Crain, and 4) friendships. He collaborates often with Sara Shelton Mann, with Keith Hennessy, and with Larry Arrington, and his current teaching research is called SENSITIVITY IS POLITICAL, which is about how to save your life.

Tuesday & Thursday Class

Jan. 20, 22, 27 &29

Feb. 3, 5, 10 & 12

10:00am to 12:00pm

Joe Goode Annex, 401 Alabama St. San Francisco CA

$20 drop-in
8 class series – $140.00

For those in financial need – please contact mixbagpro@gmail.com