Zen Meridians & dancing Workshops
WORKSHOP 8-12 July 2015
close to the west coast archipelago 1 hour north of Gothenburg
in Bokenäs, Sweden
The workshop starts off by introducing the Zen-meridians and their connection to the five elements in Traditional Chinese Medicine. We dive into the concept of the meridians as lines of energy that are connected to different organs, acupuncture points and interior/exterior worlds. Slowly we continue by exploring one meridian at a time through touch. We locate, sense and perceive through the meridian. This leads us to dance alone and together with sensory input to further the research as well as connecting through other systems of the body. The meridians can be used as a tool for technique and as a tool for finding different qualities, rhythms and directions in our dancing. Eventually and with lightness, the workshop opens up for reproducing other dance techniques, theories and truths of interest to us. To a mix of silence and trance music we shake things out of our comfort zone and dance together in new ways using the meridians as inspiration only when we decide to.
Participants need to have some experience in improvising/dancing or other movement practices from before, and need to feel confident with exploring their bodies through movement and touch together with others.
Bookings & Questions: email@example.com
Please book your place before 21/6 - 2015
Studio Oskar, Göteborg
History of this research / About Ina
Ina works with performance, choreography and teaching. She also builds and curates a choreography residency in Bokenäs.
With a start in 2011 she has been working with Zen meridians as a way of organizing scores, movement patterns and performances. She was interested in how each meridian would influence movement sequencing and how it would connect the dancer to the space. Could a dancer use a Zen meridian to perceive? Could one let that perception guide subtle complex directions in body parts, and could this perceiving be a way of directing travel through space? In her work “which part” a score was composed of the 12 meridians. They were used in relation to the speed in Goa Trance music, and later put in the same space as a body/mind philosopher over Skype (Benjamin Andrae). He would converse with the visitors about the body mind problem as Ina went through the score. She was interested in shifting realities, poking and putting different world views next to each other. Ina subsequently used the Zen meridians as influence on improvisation in her exhibition “en levande utställning”. She shared her practice with 5 other dance artists and they connected the meridians to other perceived truths. One part of the exhibition was to move through the meridians including other techniques, expressions and representations into the improvisation. In 2012 Fernanda Muñoz-Newsome and Ina Dokmo continued to research the Zen meridians into performance, and now in connection to the Myofascial meridians. The research involves composing movement phrases and associating the research through other fields of knowledge. The Myofascial meridians often take a similar path in the body as do the Zen. Ina is interested in the differences of the two and how they influence us in different directions. As a Shiatsu therapist, when she is treating her clients, she now uses both fields of knowledge, and is interested in diving into more work with fascia so that it can be put in relation to the Chinese meridian system.
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