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Body Archeology:
Uncovering Personal Myths and Collective Rituals with Jamie McHugh

April 9 – 13, 2012





In this somatic-expressive approach to dance and theater inspired by Anna Halprin and the Tamalpa Life/Art Process, your own body is sourced for its message and meaning. We will focus on the head as the basis of expressive articulation, and as the prime instigator of the body's movement. The head is a multi-faceted body part: the origin of the theatrical mask, a reflector of the emotional body, and a holograph of the personality. This makes it a rich source of material for creative explorations and self-discoveries.
Drawing from the Tamalpa Life/Art Process, we will explore the head somatically, investigating its movement and vocalization potential from the inside out with hands-on work, micromovements, sound vibration and anatomical/poetic imagery. This somatic inquiry leads into experiments with your expressive range, and from there, into the development of performance pieces that are personally meaningful. This approach gives you tools and methods to access your body’s inner story (myth) and bring it out artfully into dance and theater (ritual).


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