Movement Improv + Vipassane: A Practical Study of the Physical/Mental Structure

A Cartae Open School workshop  |  31 March 2016, 6-8pm

Run by Carol-Ann Bohrn

I will be hosting an Improvisational Movement workshop that aims to combine traditional improvisational methods with the theory and technique of Vipassana Meditation.

In Vipassana Meditation, the student scans the body and observes the actual sensations that can be felt throughout. Though a sensation may be pleasant or unpleasant, the task of the student is to be unreactive, just aware and observant. This trains the body and mind to be aware, focused and objective, and to break free from the habit of craving particular sensations and having aversion to others.

In this workshop, we will explore various improv exercises with this new understanding of our mental tendencies, and see if we can observe its influence on our movement patterns. As creatures of muscle memory, this workshop aims to discover an alternate way of experiencing the body in motion. Injuries can be better understood and creativity will be unlocked.

Please come with clothes that are warm and comfortable to move around in. A notebook and pencil is a good idea.