The Shiatsu College Prospectus 2020-21
As we sound the simple Sanskrit phrases we open ourselves to the vibrations of this sacred language and the wisdom that it has carried for millenia.
Marnie leads western-style kirtan, often in a call-and-response style, where the leader sings a phrase and the sangham (those gathered to practice together) repeat this back, and sometimes we sing all together, depending on the bhajan (song).
There are many different ragas (moods) to the chants, and we sing to many different energies in the form of Deities. These can bring different experiences to different people, as we allow the energies to flow through our bodies, unblocking, energising, releasing. So there may be different experiences on different days for different people and with different mantras and all is welcome .
You don’t need to believe in anything and all are welcome, we will sing to our highest potential, whatever that means to the individual, be it nature, the Earth, a particular tradition, whatever you feel you will offer the mantras to.
These gatherings are traditionally held in person in circle, and we are looking forward to the time that we can do this, and until then we are gathering online to build the community, hold the space and feel into the heartspace via the medium of Zoom – where Marnie will sing and the sangham can hear her and themself as we chant together.
Please contact Marnie for further information or to book on firstname.lastname@example.org or 087854 092744
Workshop is now online, please contact Chad
With Chad Roberts
Saturday 14th November 10.30am – 12pm
BUTOH WITH A SOMATIC APPROACH LED BY YUMINO SEKI
SAT 14 NOVEMBER 2020, 2.30-5.30PM, £25
ST. LEONARDS STUDIO: AZUR, MARINA PAVILION, ST. LEONARDS ON SEA, TN38 0BU
Covid guidelines will be followed
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This workshop will make an inquiry into the transformative nature of the body exploring unique individual expression. Aiming to embody movement, image and sensation in dance.
舞踏 Butoh is a form of Japanese avant-garde dance. Butoh emerged from the post war chaos in Japan in the late 50s when the country grappled with the clash between new Western technology and traditional Japanese values. Butoh became a new form of expression, neither an imitation of Western culture nor a traditional Japanese cultural practice. Influenced by German Expressionism, self-identity was radically explored through bodily expression.
Shifting attention from ‘action’ to ‘active listening’ SEKI uses somatic practice. The somatic is the study of a ‘person’ as a functional living body. Integrating the body, mind and emotion whilst using movement as the main exploratory tool to elicit authentic expression.
The workshop will explore Butoh’s concepts through imagery and explorative movement based on the body awareness (somatic practice) in both dynamic and quiet work working in socially distant groups, pairs and individuals.
Butoh’s concept proposes culturally diverse ways of seeing, which are often fundamental to our lives, such as life & death, desire and dark human nature. Butoh sees dance as a living process and it pushes the boundaries of what we already know.
Places are limited please book in advance. All welcome.
Yumino SEKI is a Japanese dance artist, Butoh practitioner and qualified somatic movement educator who performs, teaches and collaborates to make performances.
She has been interested in the authenticity of the temporal body for many years resulting in many dance pieces, which are site responsive and improvised in nature. Collaborating with artists from diverse disciplines has given her a broad approach to her movement practice. Since 2013 developing her Butoh and somatic work SEKI has been directing group choreography with cross-discipline performances.
She has worked and toured in Butoh predominately with Tadashi Endo (Mamu Dance Theatre), Yumiko Yoshioka (Ten-Pen-Chii) both in Germany and Carlotta Ikeda (Ariadone) in France since 1999. In 2007, her particular search for sensory experience as an artistic expression led her to study VMI Somatic Practice with Patricia Bardi in Amsterdam.
SEKI’s work is informed by the cultural depth and diversity of both the UK and Japan. Her development in her movement has been a gradual exploration of both her collective and self-identity.
‘My work starts from trust; trusting that the body has its own intelligence & experience. Not moving but being moved. Raw yet subtle, meditative yet self-destructive, stark yet sensual. Conflict and harmony co-exist in an ambiguous way. I explore and reflect the inner self where the body becomes mere ‘being’ and where a point of transformation occurs.’
‘IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR A COURSE THAT NURTURES YOUR INDIVIDUAL TEACHING STYLE, ACCEPTS YOU WHEREVER YOU ARE ON YOUR TEACHING PATH AND NURTURES THE BEST OF WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE, I WOULD RECOMMEND MERIDIAN YOGA TEACHER TRAINING’ – GAIL