Overlapping Kinespheres
Embodied Improvisation and the Global Underscore

Thursday June 16 - Sunday June 19, 2016

A curated schedule presented by the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia of 3 days of Jam, Class, Practice, and Performance of Contemplative Dance, Contact Improvisation, Music and Dance Improvisation and related Discussions over Meals and the Global Underscore.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Friday, June 17, 2016
Saturday, June 18, 2016
Sunday, June 19, 2016

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Schedule - Thursday June 16, 2016

10:30AM - 12:00PM
Morning Practice: Contemplative Dance
Venue: Shambala Center 2030 Sansom Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Facilitators: Asimina Chremos and Jude Robison

Contemplative Dance Practice is training for personal and group awareness of body/mind through a simple form that alternates sitting meditation with self-directed body movement in space. Participants wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, and go barefoot. Contemplative Dance Practice provides opportunities to deepen spiritual disciplines, develop awareness of inner and outer bodymind rhythms, and participate in the social and political dynamics of an ensemble system, among other things. The practice was developed by Barbara Dilley, who has been practicing and studying meditation in the Shambhala tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche for more than 30 years.

The Thursday morning session will be the formal practice at the Philadelphia Shambala Center.

12:30PM - 1:45PM
Lunch Discussion: Space
Venue: Spice End 2004 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
Facilitator: Asimina Chremos

As the Sun Ra Arkestra famously sang, Space is the Place. During lunch on Thursday, Asimina Chremos will invite eaters to share about their understanding of space.What is space? How do we physically understand it? How do we use space as artists, dancers, and musicians?

2:00PM - 4:00PM
Afternoon Class: Contact Improvisation Basics
Venue: Aikkai of Philadelphia 2100 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA 19103
Teacher: Asimina Chremos

This class on the basics of Contact Improvisation (CI) will take place in an aikido dojo. The originator of CI, Steve Paxton, was an aikido student and brought wisdom from aikido into CI. Aikido is a Japanese martial art that uses circular movements to blend with an opponents energy, CI is a partner dance based in cooperation and deep listening. Both forms develop a strong connection to the Earth's gravity and natural energetic forces. Asimina Chremos will facilitate experiences with movement patterns such as body-halves, spirals, and rolls that encourage a 3-dimensional sense of space. She will then introduce elementary contact skills with a partner such as sharing weight, and following a point of contact. No previous experience necessary.

5:00PM - 6:30PM
Dinner Discussion: Self/ Others
Venue: Nam Phuong 1100 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19147
Facilitators: Rebecca Lisak and Benjamin Pierce

CI walks the line dividing self and other: we join our mass with another to become a mobile unit with a shared movement center. Doing so can be effortless, and also quite difficult. How do we listen to our self when working with another — our partner(s), the whole group, music, children, ...? What do we welcome into our kinespheres? How do we invite it? How do we disinvite what's not welcome?

7:00PM - 9:00PM
Evening Program: Contact Improv Jam
Venue: Headlong Rear Studio 1170 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia PA 19146
Facilitators: Benjamin Pierce, Megan Wilson Stern, and Loren Groenendaal
Live Music: Umer Piracha

"Contact Improv is a movement form where dancers move to follow the play of touch. Gravity and the floor are constant partners. Human touch unites the forces that act upon the body with the sensations they produce within the body." - Steve Paxton

A jam is a creative space for open improvisation, governed by mutual respect and awareness. A jam is an opportunity to play, to research, to experiment, to express, to work it out, to connect with others. Dancing alone, in duets, or in groups, we stretch our capacity to listen and lead as we follow the dance.

This week will have the special opportunity to dance with live music.

NOTES: Doors open at 6:50pm. Please arrive, change, and be ready to go shortly after 7:00, when we gather for an opening circle and guided warmup into open dancing.

All levels are welcome, but if you are truly a beginner, please try to attend an ongoing CI class on Sundays 1-3pm (see contactimprovphilly.com) or the CI basics class on Thursday 6/16 2-4pm (see above).

Schedule - Friday June 17, 2016

10:30AM - 12:00PM
Morning Practice: Contemplative Dance with Contact
Venue: Shambala Center 2030 Sansom Street, 3rd Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Facilitators: Asimina Chremos and Jude Robison

Contemplative Dance Practice is training for personal and group awareness of body/mind through a simple form that alternates sitting meditation with self-directed body movement in space. Participants wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, and go barefoot. Contemplative Dance Practice provides opportunities to deepen spiritual disciplines, develop awareness of inner and outer bodymind rhythms, and participate in the social and political dynamics of an ensemble system, among other things. The practice was developed by Barbara Dilley, who has been practicing and studying meditation in the Shambhala tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche for more than 30 years.

The Friday morning session will have a focus on contact and touch.

12:30PM - 1:45PM
Lunch Discussion: Practice/ Performance
Venue: Liberty Choice 1947 N. Front Street, Philadelphia PA 19122
Facilitator: Loren Groenendaal

How do practices of Contemplative Dance and Contact Improvisation support one another? How do non-performance practices support performance for an audience? How can performing enrich a non-performance practice?

2:00PM - 4:00PM
Afternoon Class: Composition & Contact Improvisation
Venue: Mascher Space Cooperative 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19122
Teacher: Loren Groenendaal

This class will practice skills that support the practice (Sunday event) or performance (Saturday night) of the Underscore. We will work on maintaining awareness and sensation of our self and the group. We will work towards building composition that is predominately motivated by the kinesthetic sense. This process may be motivated through touch and contact improvisation or from internal sensation without partnering.

5:00PM - 6:30PM
Dinner Discussion: Music & Dance Improv Performance
Venue: Taco Riendo 1301 N. 5th Street, Philadelphia PA 19122
Facilitator: Adam Vidiksis

Description TBA

7:00PM - 8:00PM
Evening Workshop: Beginnings & Endings
Venue: Mascher Space Cooperative 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19122
Teacher: Manon Manavit

The focus of this workshop, geared towards performing artists and improvisers in any medium, is an experiential look at aspects of performativity that have the potential to truly enliven, engage, surprise and delight your audience. This workshop asks the performer to consider the importance of moments of transition. At what point does your quotidien existence end and your performance begin? Through a series of brief compositional etudes conducted in small groups, we will explore beginnings and endings with the goal of deepening your current practice. Open to the public!

8:00PM - 10:30PM
Evening Program: HOT Series of Philadelphia
Venue: Mascher Space Cooperative 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19122

The H-O-T Series of Philadelphia is a mostly monthly performance event curated by Impermanent Society members, dance artist Loren Groenendaal and experimental percussionist Flandrew Fleisenberg that features improvisational dance and music from local and touring artists. The series highlights the playful interaction between movement and sound artists as live composition. Performers this month TBA.

Schedule - Saturday June 18, 2016

10:30AM - 12:00PM
Morning Practice: Contemplative Dance with Sound
Venue: Mascher Space Cooperative 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19122
Facilitators: Asimina Chremos and Jude Robison

Contemplative Dance Practice is training for personal and group awareness of body/mind through a simple form that alternates sitting meditation with self-directed body movement in space. Participants wear comfortable clothing that allows movement, and go barefoot. Contemplative Dance Practice provides opportunities to deepen spiritual disciplines, develop awareness of inner and outer bodymind rhythms, and participate in the social and political dynamics of an ensemble system, among other things. The practice was developed by Barbara Dilley, who has been practicing and studying meditation in the Shambhala tradition of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche for more than 30 years.

The Saturday morning session will have a focus on sound.

12:30PM - 1:45PM
Lunch Discussion: Sounding in Space
Venue: Tandoor 1832 N. Front Street, Philadelphia PA 19122
Facilitator: Flandrew Fleisenberg

Description TBA

2:00PM - 4:00PM
Afternoon Class: Personal Resonance
Venue: Mascher Space Cooperative 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19122
Teacher: Michael Kiley

The act of singing has been defined by our culture as an elitist act that only few may do. Public singing has all but disappeared from daily life. The institutionalization and corporatization of singing has lulled us into accepting that most of us have no business doing it. Yet, singing is one of the most beneficial personal acts of expression and healing possible within the human form.

In Personal Resonance, we will question preconceptions of what a song is and what it means to sing. We will explore the shapes of the hollow parts of our body, learn how to fill them with sound, and use the shape of that sound to connect to other people. We will begin the process of reclaiming our voices as instruments of expression, regardless of discipline. You will leave this workshop with a practice that you can carry with you and develop to suit your own impulses. This workshop will include detailed descriptions and explorations of diaphragmatic breathing, vocal function and health, resonant areas, vocal registers, and the relationship of your voice to your body, your memory and your emotions.

This class involves movement. Come with proper movement attire

5:00PM - 6:30PM
Dinner Discussion: Underscore Talk Through
Venue: Liberty Choice 1947 N. Front Street, Philadelphia PA 19122
Facilitator: Megan Wilson Stern

The talk through outlines the score for the Underscore with words, glyphs, and explanations, so that each person is oriented to how to participate, allowing for a less verbal space during the actual practice.

Something to write on and something to write with are required.

A talk through is required to participate in be[ ]ing and the Global Underscore. If you haven’t had a talk through before, please come. If you have, you are welcome, but not required to attend. If this time does not work for you and you would like a talk through, please email LorenTeachesMovement@gmail.com

7:00PM - 8:00PM
Evening Workshop: Pre-show workshop
Venue: Mascher Space Cooperative 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19122

This workshop is not open to public, but is just for the performers in be[ ]ing. See more info below.

8:00PM - 9:30PM
Evening Program: be[ ]ing Performance
Venue: Mascher Space Cooperative 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19122
Designed by: Loren Groenendaal and Megan Wilson Stern

This improvisational performance of dance and music is inspired by the framework of the Underscore, but simplified and focused for this performance. Using particular elements from the Underscore, Megan and Loren developed a new score for a durational improvisational performance that is connected to earth, self, the environment, the ensemble, and the audience through a variety of sensations. We will be together. We will fall into the unknown. We will actively flow and stream.

Anyone who has previously participated in an Underscore and talk through, or who is participating in any of the Overlapping Kinespheres classes is welcome to perform in be[ ]ing. Attendance at the 7pm workshop is required

Schedule - Sunday June 19, 2016

10:00AM - 2:00PM
Featured Practice: Philadelphia Global Underscore
Venue: Mascher Space Cooperative 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, Philadelphia PA 19122
Facilitators: Loren Groenendaal and Megan Wilson Stern

"The Underscore is a framework for practicing and researching dance improvisation that I've been developing since the early 1990s. It is a score that guides dancers through a series of 'changing states', from solo deepening/releasing to sensitizing to gravity and support; through group circulation and interaction, Contact Improvisation engagements, opening out to full group improvisation with compositional awareness, and back to rest and reflection. - Nancy Stark Smith Read more here

Any mover who has had an Underscore talk through may participate. If you can’t make the Friday 6/18/16 5-7pm Dinner Talk through and you haven’t had one before, email contact@impermanentsociety.com to set up a talk through.

This is NOT a come and go jam, rather there is a structure for a more focused jam. Plan on committing to the whole session. Built into this long duration, there is time for preparation and recovery.

As this is a long jam without coming and going, it is highly recommended to bring SNACKS for yourself and ideally some to share with the group in the harvest and thanksgiving time at the end.

It is recommended to bring a JOURNAL and PEN for reflection during the practice.

*Knee pads are recommended for this class/session. If you don’t own a pair, there will be some for sale at this event.

Overlapping Kinespheres Teacher & Artists

        Asimina Chremos, Facilitator, Teacher
        Flandrew Fleisenberg, Facilitator
        Loren Groenendaal, Facilitator, Teacher
        Michael Kiley, Teacher
        Rebecca Lisak, Facilitator
        Manon Ida Manavit, Teacher
        Umer Piracha, Performer
        Benjamin Pierce, Facilitator
        Jude Robison, Facilitator
        Adam Vidiksis, Facilitator
        Megan Wilson Stern, Facilitator

Asimina Chremos Facilitator and Teacher

ISOP Member and Secretary, OK Committee, Facilitator of Contemplative Dance Practices, and Thursday Lunch Teacher of Contact Basics.

Active dance-artist in Philadelphia, interested in ongoingness, continuance, flow, and evolution through repetition. She was first introduced to both Contact Improvisation and Contemplative Dance Practice at a summer workshop at Naropa University in the mid-1980's with instructors Nancy Stark Smith and Barbara Dilley. Chremos is currently a regular practitioner of Contemplative Dance Practice and Aikido. She performs frequently as a dance improvisor.

asiminachremos.com



Flandrew Fleisenberg Facilitator

ISOP Member and Director, OK Committee, Facilitator of Saturday Lunch, Co-Curator of H-O-T Series

Fleisenberg is a player of objects. Drums only fall peripherally into his spectrum, while he is mostly fascinated in coaxing out the inherent material characters of "mundane things". These wide manipulations of external implements draw an aural architecture within the performance space as the embodied performer moves within it. Fleisenberg's movement actions in combination with his material conjuring, creates a discourse inside of a constantly breathing tactile space.

Attentive to room resonance, ambience and collaborator, Fleisenberg playfully utilizes gravity, friction, acoustics and presence to explore space, time, and relationships. A graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (Boston) with a focus in conceptual art, he is musically self-taught and has developed a cadre of idiosyncratic techniques that are all his own. Flandrew has been involved in the free improvisation community since 2001 performing solo, in ad-hoc improv groupings, and in set projects in venues small and large across the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

lifeoffleisenberg.blogspot.com

Photo credit: Jen Kertis-Veit



Loren Groenendaal Facilitator and Teacher

Leader of Overlapping Kinespheres Committee, ISOP Member, Facilitator of Thursday evening CI Jam, Friday Lunch Talk, and Sunday Global Underscore, Teacher of Friday afternoon class Contact Improvisation and Composition, Co- Designer of Saturday evening show be[ ]ing, Co-Curator of H-O-T Series of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia-based dance artist and educator, specializing in contact improvisation (CI), contemporary, Balinese dance, the Laban/Bartenieff Movement System, and creative dance. In addition to dancing CI for 16 years, Loren has been teaching CI to the adult and collegiate communities in Philadelphia, Boston, and Baltimore as well as a guest at Arcadia University, Juniata College, and Towson University since 2009. She has been improvising her entire life, but her formal studies in contact improvisation began at Oberlin College with Ann Cooper Albright in the very same room where Steve Paxton developed "Magnesium" which is considered to be the seminal work of contact improvisation. She is a Certified Movement Analyst from the Laban/Bartenieff Institute of Movement Studies and she holds an MFA in Choreography from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she continued her CI studies with John Gamble. One of Loren’s most influential teachers is Nancy Stark Smith with whom she has studied intensively with three times in CI, specifically the Underscore, and States of Grace. Other influential teachers include Chris Aiken, David Brick, Simone Forti, Anna Halprin, Deborah Hay, KJ Holmes, Cyrus Khambatta, Sharon Mansur, Yvonne Meier, Nusha Martynuk, Margaret Paek, Kirstie Simpson, Leah Stein, and Mike Vargas. Loren is the artistic director of contemporary dance company, Vervet Dance and performs improvisation with Graffito Works and sporadically dances with other projects. She dances contact improvisation to feel alive and empowered, but also relinquish control and flow with others. She believes that bodies are smart and that with internal kinesthetic awareness and empathy, beautiful external visual and sonic composition is possible. She is a strong advocate for building and facilitating community and regular practice for improvisation. She currently co-organizes a weekly CI jam, seasonal underscore, and monthly H-O-T Series, which showcases improvisational dance and music, and is a founding member of the Mascher Space Cooperative and the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia.

VervetDance.org

Photo credit: Jen Kertis-Veit



Michael Kiley Teacher

Personal Resonance Teacher

Composer, sound designer, performer and educator working in dance, theatre and public installation. Over the last 15 years, he has been researching his interest in the human voice not as an instrument to achieve preconceived ideas, but to experience what it is to be an individual. His teaching started to take on a full bodied practice after working with choreographer luciana achugar during the process of otro teatro, and has continued to evolve while collaborating with Faye Driscoll Group on the Thank You For Coming Trilogy, as well as an ongoing process with Chelsea Murphy and Magda San Millan. Michael is currently developing Personal Resonance as a generative practice for a full length performance, which will involve the audience learning the practice.



Rebecca Lisak & Benjamin Pierce Facilitators

Lisak and Pierce: Facilitators of Thursday Dinner Discussion, Pierce: Facilitator of Thursday Evening CI Jam

Rebecca Lisak has been teaching movement for the past 15 years and now works in private practice as a Rolfer and Alexander Technique teacher. A specialty is the infant year, during which she helps with latch, colic, molding, and tone issues. She find CI deeply challenging, so she does it as often as possible.

Benjamin Pierce has been investigating movement in a variety of forms for most of his life; now he lives for contact improvisation. His teachers include Nancy Stark Smith, Martin Keogh, Steve Homsher, Gretchen Spiro, Alicia Grayson, and Brando.



Manon Ida Manavit Facilitator

Beginnings and Endings Teacher

{HTP}/The Neo-Symbolist Theatre is an experimental director and choreographer whose original work has been presented in New York, Montreal, and Philadelphia. She will be a 2016-17 MFA Director at the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) beginning in September, and holds a BFA in Theatre Directing from Concordia University, Montreal. From 2012-14 she was the Creative Assistant to Debra Brown, principal choreographer of Cirque Du Soleil, with whom she developed circus shows in Mexico, Canada, and the US including an aerial ballet featured at the 2013 World Dance Awards. She has led workshops in Dramatic Play for the Teacher Training Institute for the Arts, and is currently the resident Theatre Instructor at Settlement Music School.

www.manonmanavit.com



Umer Piracha Perfomer

Musician at Thursday Evening CI Jam

Raised in Multan, Pakistan and moved to the U.S. for college and now lives in Philadelphia as part of a community of artists, pursuing his calling as a Singer/Guitarist,Concept Artist and Composer in Acoustic and Electronic genres. He focuses on using experimental and improvisational techniques to capture the essence of a complex and emerging global world, and to present his philosophical outlook on the human condition through the medium of music. As of late, Umer has been performing improvisation-heavy Sufi music, first written in 14th century in North India, with a power to transport the audiences both inwards and across centuries of joys, sorrows and longings.

facebook.com/umerpiracha

Photo credit: Nataly Nguyen



Jude Robison Facilitator

Facilitator of Thursday, Friday, and Saturday morning Contemplative Dance practices

Regular co-facilitator of Contemplative Dance Practice in Philadelphia. She first encountered the contemplative approach to movement at Naropa University in 1977. A student in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition, she serves as a meditation instructor and senior teacher



Adam Vidiksis Facilitator

ISOP Member, Friday Dinner Discussion Facilitator

Composer, conductor, percussionist, improvisor, and technologist based in Philadelphia whose interests span from historically informed performance to the cutting edge of digital audio processing. Equally comfortable with both electronic and acoustic composition, his music has been heard in concert halls and venues around the world.

vidiksis.com



Megan Wilson Stern Facilitator

OK Community Committee Member, Leader of the Saturday Underscore Talk though, Facilitator of Thursday evening CI Jam and Sunday Global Underscore, Co- Designer of Saturday performance be[ ]ing

Megan Wilson Stern is a movement artist and educator who was born and raised in North Carolina and relocated to Philadelphia in 2011. Megan has been practicing Contact Improvisation (CI) for 10 years and is deeply involved in the local community as a facilitator, teacher, and organizer. She travels regularly to study and jam, and has attended intensive workshops with Nancy Stark Smith, Yves Candau, Alicia Grayson, and Karen Nelson. Megan has co-hosted many Undesrcore jams in Philadelphia and was a guest teacher/facilitator in the 2015 Global Underscore festival in Nashville, TN. Megan also performs both choreographed and improvised dance and currently works with The Naked Stark and Leah Stein Dance Company, performs improvisation regularly in the H-O-T series, and is working with Loren Groenendaal to explore CI in performance. Megan has completed a BFA in Dance from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training with Beyond Asana, and is a Feldenkrais Practitioner in training.



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