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Walking into Facia/Axis Syllabus with Kevin O’Conner

Walking into Facia. A 21st Century Emerging Human Biology. Workshop with Kevin O’Conner

Thurs. thru Sat. – Jan. 21-23, 2021
1:00-3:30pm (3 morning classes)

(Included in the Somatic Education Module at Moving On Center – School of Participatory Arts and Somatic Research)

In this workshop, we will walk, dance and be moved by metaphors, images, models, scientific research and somatic practices cultivated in relation to fascia. Fascia is often referred to as connective tissue and seen as simply wrapping muscles. But it is also an active, intelligent and communicative sensory organ enveloping, permeating and constituting the body. As the “fabric” of our form, it shifts our perspective from a body made up of parts to the wholeness of the architecture holding them together. We will learn to read biology in order to put it into play as one step in this process of being moved by it. Paying attention to this biology in formation highlights how the multiple connective issues that make up this biological material, also make up ourselves, our categories and sense-abilities. In thinking with fascia as an unformed emerging material biology entity, the challenge is to consider how to denaturalize without dematerializing it and to simultaneously attend to materiality without fixing it. Fascia researchers are some of the scientists to watch in order to see what forms of life and what materialities are coming to matter in the twenty-first-century emerging human biologies. My aim in this workshop is to demonstrate that dance practice and training and anatomical understanding of the body are entangled in multiple ways. This project serves as an initial examination of thinking with how these knots can be explored and teased open for their political, social, biological, mythical and cultural complexities while at the same time moving and being moved in new ways.

FINNISH HALL, 1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley, CA. USA, 94702-1723.

Phone: 510-524-5013.

admissions@movingoncenter.org

Access info: Unfortunately the Finnish Hall is not wheelchair accessible. There are (a number of) steps to get into the space, and the bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible.

$225 for the entire workshop (3 mornings). No one-day drop-ins.

Kevin O’Connor is a multidisciplinary artist working as a choreographer, dancer, improviser, circus artist and installation artist from Ontario, Canada and now based in the Bay area. He is involved in a decade-long artistic collective exploring participatory de-colonizing performances within polluted watersheds in Ontario. Over the last few years, he has worked with NAKA dance in Oakland, Shakiri and Skywatchers in the Bay Area, Oncogrrrls feminist art collective in Spain, and collaborated with Inuit hunter and designer Paulette Metuq on a project in Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic. He has been learning with the Axis Syllabus community for over a decade and is a biodynamic CranioSacral practitioner. He completed an MFA in choreography and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in performance studies at UC Davis. He is working at the intersection of arts, sciences, practice-as-research and improvisation theory and practice. His research examines anatomies, body performance capacities, interventions and imaginations in relation to science studies, including the material-bio-cultural tissue called fascia.

Date

Jan 21 2021 - Jan 23 2021

Time

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Cost

$225 for the entire workshop. No one-day drop-ins.

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Location

Finnish Hall
1970 Chestnut St. Berkeley, CA. USA, 94702

Organizer

Carol Swann
Phone
510-524-5013
Email
admissions@movingoncenter.org
Website
http://movingoncenter.org
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Speaker

  • Kevin O'Conner
    Kevin O'Conner

    Kevin O’Connor is a multidisciplinary artist working as a choreographer, dancer, improviser, circus artist and installation artist from Ontario, Canada and now based in the Bay area. He is involved in a decade-long artistic collective exploring participatory de-colonizing performances within polluted watersheds in Ontario. Over the last few years, he has worked with NAKA dance in Oakland, Shakiri and Skywatchers in the Bay Area, Oncogrrrls feminist art collective in Spain, and collaborated with Inuit hunter and designer Paulette Metuq on a project in Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic. He has been learning with the Axis Syllabus community for over a decade and is a biodynamic CranioSacral practitioner. He completed an MFA in choreography and is currently finishing a Ph.D. in performance studies at UC Davis. He is working at the intersection of arts, sciences, practice-as-research and improvisation theory and practice. His research examines anatomies, body performance capacities, interventions and imaginations in relation to science studies, including the material-bio-cultural tissue called fascia.

    www.ecologicalbodying.com

FINNISH HALL, 1970 Chestnut St.
Berkeley, CA. USA, 94702-1723

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510.524.5013
director@movingoncenter.org