This two day workshop, facilitated by New Zealand dance artist and educator Ali East, will consist of series of playful studio and outdoors encounters that interweave ideas of deep ecology, plant physiology and somatics with improvisational dance practices.

All are welcome: dance artists, gardeners, farmers, visual artists, writers, poets, videographers, photographers, musicians and creative souls.

Venue: Bainbridge Dance Center plus local forests, gardens and outdoor spaces

Times: August 24 & 25, 2019, 10am-5pm


Cost: $50/day or $100 for full workshop. Each day will be different and you need not attend Day 1 to participate in Day 2.

Each day will begin with a somatically based intuitive movement practice (IMP) that will include creative exploration of plant-based imagery and may progress to performed responses in various forest and garden locations. Throughout the two days there will also be time for discussion, food sharing and informal performances. This will be a chance to broaden and deepen ones concepts of the dance as a lens through which to understand self and world. Practitioners, educators and arts philosophers will find something relevant to their interests.

Here is more detail from a similar, longer workshop led by Ali East in the Czech Republic

For further information please contact Christina Axelsen at Bainbridge Dance Center:

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Ali East (MPHED) is a New Zealand dance artist and educator recently retired from The University of Otago, New Zealand. In 1980, along with poet and musician Dr Denys Trussell, she founded Origins Dance Theatre and has made more than 25 eco-political mixed media dance works. Ali is the co-ordinator of DanceSpeak Dunedin Performance Collective and the annual Shared Agendas Improvised Performance Events at the University of Otago. From 1989-1996 she founded and directed New Zealand’s first choreographic training program, now The Bachelor of Performing and Screen Arts (Dance), Unitec, Auckland. She is a regular presenter at international conferences and has published a number of journal articles and book chapters. Her book ‘Teaching Dance as if the World Matters: Eco-choreography - A Design for teaching Dance-making in the 21st Century’ was published in 2011. More recently her research interests have investigated intuitive sensory eco-somatic dance processes and teaching approaches.