Walking into Facia/Axis Syllabus with Kevin O’Connor
Walking with Fascia, A 21st Century Emerging Human Biology. Workshop with Kevin O’Connor
Thurs. thru Sat. – Jan. 19-21, 2021
4-6:30pm (3 ONLINE evening 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 (including racialized and gendered 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.
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.
$175 for the entire workshop (3 mornings). No one-day drop-ins.
Kevin O’Connor is a dance artist and somatic practitioner, working as a choreographer, dancer, and installation artist from Ontario, Canada, now based in the San Francisco Bay area. He is involved with the Strange Strangers collective, 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, Skywatchers in the Bay Area, Oncogrrrls feminist art collective in Spain, Nita Little, and collaborated with Inuit hunter and designer Paulette Metuq on a project in Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic. He is currently working with Ishmael Houston Jones, Keith Hennessey, Jose Abad, and Snowflake Calvert exploring experimental improvised dance as a means to subvert traditional notions of race and masculinity. He has been learning with the Axis Syllabus community for over two decades and is a biodynamic CranioSacral practitioner. He holds a Ph.D. at the intersections of performance studies and science and technology studies at the University of California, Davis. His research examines anatomies, body performance capacities, interventions, and imaginations in relation to science studies, including the material-bio-cultural tissue called fascia. His writing can be found at
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.