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In Contact Improvisation et Skinner Releasing Technique

"Sources" : intensive workshop in the country, combining contact improvisation and Skinner Releasing Technique, taught by Catherine Lessard and Eryn Dace Trudell.

This collaboration between two teachers will allow you to explore the significant influence of SRT on the development and understanding of the form of contact improvisation.

A three day retreat to breath, suppleness, and bouyancy, to feel the dynamic support from the floor, your partners and the universe, to adapt to varying movement qualities and to changing states of awareness.

February 18, 19 ,20

Arrival Friday 5:00 p.m., end Sunday 7:00 p.m.

About 16 hours of practice, in an exceptionnal environnement.

Only 20 places available.

Pre-registration offer : $150 before February 1st.

Regular price: $170

Housing and meals in addition : prices variate from $150 tp $200 according to the choice of room (dormitories, double, single)

Centre Tara, in Eastern Townships, close to Eastmann. .

184, 10ème rang O, Bonsecours, Qc, J0E 1H0.

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Eryn Dace Trudell

Eryn Dace Trudell is a dance artist: producer, presenter, choreographer, performer and teacher, originally from Ontario and now living in Montreal. She has experience in all aspects of dance from thought to stage. Her versatile career of 20 years includes commissions from notable theatre, dance and opera companies and remarkable, award-winning choreography.
(JPG) Honouring the body conscious, Trudell teaches kinaesthetic awareness through dancing as an ingredient to boosting confidence, motivating energy and maintaining good health… physically, emotionally and psychologically. Her classes speak to the body itself, suggesting ways that movement can free us from unconscious patterns, to enhance our thinking, grace, social availability, cultural empathy, and genuine pleasure in expression, and allow us to tap into our innate wisdom.

Ms Trudell’s students include professional and non-professional adult dancers, educators, children, and parents and children. She particularly enjoys inclusive dance practices, which ignite community spirit through artistic physical exploration. In recent years Ms Trudell has guest taught at Neighbourhood Dance Works, St. John’s, Newfoundland, at York University, Université du Québec à Montréal, and Concordia University. Her workshops have been hosted by Hysteria Festival, Series 808, Studio 303, Neighbourhood Dance, EDAM (Experimental Dance and Music) and The Mighty Peace River Teachers Convention, Grande Prairie, Alberta.

Trudell holds a BFA in Dance from Juilliard (’91) and is a certified specialist in Skinner Releasing Technique. After many years as a professional dancer, she currently dances for her own pleasure and under unique performance circumstances, specializing mainly in the promotion and research of Contact Improvisation.

Ms Trudell founded Mama dances in 2006.

For information : http://www.skinnerreleasing.com/

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Catherine Lessard

Catherine Lessard transmits with passion and coherence the key principles of Dance Improvisation and Contact Improvisation. She has studied and performed with dancers of international reputation such as Nancy Stark Smith, Daniel Lepkoff, David Zambrano, Andrew Harwood, Kirstie Simpson, Patricia Kuypers and Ray Chung.

She also has experience in Body-Mind Centering (BMC), Authentic Movement, and butoh, and has professional training in music and communications. Combining, in a unified pedagogy, both a sharp vision of art and a hungry curiosity for science, Catherine has been teaches and performs improvisation regularly in Montreal (Bizz studio, 303, Fleur d’Asphalte, Dojos), in USA and in France. She is a member of PIE (Performance Improvisation Exchange), a collective of 5 Canadian improvisers and searchers.

From 2007 to 2009, she has served as president of the Montreal Association for Contact Improvisation (ACI). Catherine’s workshops are explorations of human expression through breathing, awareness, non-judgement and various nuances of touch and movement, offered in an atmosphere of respect and playful discovery.

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All registrations are confirmed by reception of the amount of your inscription through post mail at: ’Catherine Lessard’, 873 rue Léonard, Ste-Thérèse, Qc, J7E 2N8.

You can send a deposit ($60 minimum) if you can not pay the whole in one time. It is also possible to register through Accès D (Desjardins accounts), contact me to obtain the transit codes.

For information, contact Cahterine at worksphere@hotmail.com or by phone 514-518-6240.

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