WORKSHOP

Blank Space

Pushpanjali Sharma & Gautam Nima

Curated by Lina Sunish Vincent

Date: 17th, 18th NOVEMBER

Time: 09:30 – 12:30

Date: 19th NOVEMBER

Time: 10:30 – 13:30

Venue: 91 SPRINGBOARD

Age Group: Open to All
Max Participants per Workshop: 20

‘Blank Space’ is a workshop where participants have the opportunity to explore the boundless Self, moving between what is known to us about ourselves and what is yet unknown. This will be facilitated through the use of somatic body-awareness, conscious movement and dance. It will be a collective exploration into how we perceive Space within ourselves and around us. Atoms are 99.99999999999% EMPTY SPACE. And we are made of atoms. The body is essentially interpenetrating wave like motions. Hence, we are essentially movement. Yet we perceive ourselves to be solid. Our solid sense of the Self, comes with us creating solid identities. Over years we come to develop a very rigid sense of the ‘I’ with its physical identity, emotional identity, social identity, creative identity and universal identity already boxed- defined. Recognising the essential emptiness we open up Space within, we open up the Self to new ways of being and seeing by opening up to new ways of moving.

Blank Space as a workshop is a combination of tools and techniques that the artists have been using to heighten somatic-sensory-kinesthetic awareness.

What happens when we experientially explore that we are essentially space?

“I am in space, and space is in me” – Hubert Goddard.

There is no prior experience needed, it’s open to all!

Note:
All participants can attend all the three days of the workshop, or just one or two days. Participants should wear comfortable clothing to facilitate free form movements.

Experience in dance is not required for this workshop. It is an exploration.

SUPPORTED BY:

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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