WORKSHOP

Blank Space

Pushpanjali Sharma & Gautam Nima

Date: 13th – 15th NOVEMBER

Time: 17:00 – 20:00

Venue: SADHANA DELL ARTE

Age Group: Open to All
Max Participants per Workshop: 25

Pushpanjali and Gautam will facilitate the experience of entering an ‘embodied blank space’ where participants will be able to empty themselves of conceptual thought and discriminating perception; and understand the relevance of this space in their personal and creative lives. How and why must we declutter & un-condition our ways of being, seeing, perceiving and doing? What is the relevance for entering a embodied blank space for the individual and the collective? If we cultivate a healthy sustainable inner space, we recreate the same in our outer spaces as well. In this workshop, the facilitators will experientially seek to explore the intangible concept of space through the lens of dance, phenomenology, somatics and spiritual philosophical traditions. They will develop an interactive, improvised performance piece using somatic explorations, movement/dance, text, voice, and visual media.

Note:
All participants must attend all the three days of the workshop. Participants should wear comfortable clothing to facilitate free form movements.

Pushpanjali Sharma and Gautam Nima

Pushpanjali Sharma (M.A. Interdisciplinary Studies, Lesley University, Cambridge, MA., U.S.A) and Gautam Nima (M.F.A. Dance and Choreography, Hollins University, VA., U.S.A.),  are interdisciplinary performing artists based in Goa. They are engaged in developing performances and pedagogies that serve experiential knowing through embodiment, movement/dance and somatic/mind-body practices. They believe that education is the way to bring about change, and that this can successfully happen through non-dual practices. They also use performing arts in healing, self-knowing and personal transformation, and teach the same through different kinds of workshop models.

The method they follow in their work is somatic-performative research, where somatics/mind/body practices and performing arts serve as research methodology. Their performance pieces often revolve around a contemplative and philosophical subject, or exposing unseen, unheard and unvoiced stories. Their work is developed through an interdisciplinary approach between performing arts (dance, music and theater) and spiritual/mind-body practices. They are interested in reducing the gap between the audience and the artist and enhancing their experience by allowing them to be a part of our performance work through interaction and the audience’s own creative contribution.

 

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