LAURA STOKES is a zealous movement researcher, educator and performer. Always fascinated by the notion of embodied experience, she has spent the better part of her life studying and developing a wide range of movement disciplines from gymnastics to esoteric presencing practices. Oregon born, New Mexico tethered, and Berlin based, she is an avid contact improviser, ecstatic aerialist and bizarrely present performer. Laura works with circus virtuosity, somatic awareness and the most basic emotion to create work that examines how we inhabit the physical space of our lives through our bodies. She is the co-founder and director of The Ricochet Project with her partner Cohdi Harrell. Together as Ricochet, they have created a unique brand of circus-theatre that has drawn international attention and praise for their experimentation and innovation and been hailed as vital to the growth of contemporary circus in America.
Flexibility and Choreography:
Using the physical body as a template for exploring performative range, we will look at diversifying typical contortion positions and imbuing them with specificity and meaning. We will investigate flexibility as an avenue for occupying our furthest physiological reaches, ultimately leading to broadening not only the range of body but also of mind and art maker, redefining the flexible body as a potent expressive vehicle rather than mere spectacle. In this workshop we will focus on holistic stretching practices, choreographic phrasing and improvisational tools for developing meaningful individual material.
Participants need not be wildly flexible, but must be interested in working with flexibility, physical and otherwise.
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