States of Presence
21 - 22 May, 2022

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Weekend Workshop: Dance Improvisation & Body / Mind Awareness

I AM, AM I?

How close to the heart and body are you? When was the last time you were in contact with your true self? Your authentic being?  

During ‘States of Presence’ this coming May, we will spend a weekend exploring, through movement and dance, 
the statement ∞ question ‘I AM, AM I ?...’, which expands to further inquiries:
- Is there a difference between who we are in essence and who we have become through 
the conditioning and pressures of education, parents, society, culture, emotions… ?
- Where are we in our life journey and path?
- How can all this be explored and manifested through Dance and the moving body?
- How do visible and invisible intertwine?
- Is Dance different from life itself?

This workshop is an invitation:
- to dive within and discover oneself through movement and the creation of dance
- to observe and contemplate the inner landscapes of our being
- to expand awareness and sensitivity
- to integrate, align & (re)connect body ∞ mind ∞ spirit
- to invite the mind to rest and ‘fall in its place’, giving space to the body intelligence
- to explore and meet the unknown
- to swim in our individual and collective imagination
- to serve as mirror and be mirrored by other bodies ∞ existences
- to navigate in the space that we are…
- to surrender to the magic of Dance... 
In essence, it is an invitation to get closer to our authentic and original being, simply ‘be’ and dance from this state.

✺ THE PROCESS

 

My main role as a guide is to create meaningful situations for deep exploration, setting a fertile ground for creativity to unfold and for Dance to emerge… 

… and we contemplate and celebrate the emergency of Dance! 

 

The work is based on improvisation, sensible touch, somatic and energetic practices, visualization, instant composition, performative awareness and contact with nature. The sessions are formed organically in the actual moment unfolding in direct relation with the present individual and group dynamics and what the situation is ‘asking for’. 

There is an invitation to deep listening and courage to go with ‘what is’.  

 

Together we will tap into the essence of our being, into the intelligence of Body. Body is here seen as the microcosms of the universe and gate to spirit and other dimensions. Tuning into this deep source we activate an inner energetic field that has the power to regenerate and transform ourselves. These inner movements have a direct influence in the various fields 

of our existence and our activities in daily life. 

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How much we engage in the integrity and responsibility of this journey of self-discovery is up to each one of us. 

Each person is invited and supported to follow their own path and rhythm. 

 

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Dance belongs to no-one and it is available to all that are willing to meet it. You are invited to come as you are. The workshop is open to all, from teenagers, to adults to seniors. There is no age limit and no previous dance background is required. Nevertheless, what is required is a genuine willingness and interest to dive within and discover oneself 

through the moving body in a context of a group.

About Ana Leonor Ladas

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Dancer, teacher, improviser, creator and shiatsu practitioner, Ana has been driven by a constant curiosity in understanding the nature of life and the human condition. This basic drive led her to dedicate her life for over 20 years to Dance, somatic and energetic practices, where Body Mind awareness is central.

 

She studied at the Dance Academy in Arnhem (Holland) and, for many years, she worked in dance companies and with independent choreographers.

A radical transformation and re-orientation happened when she met, worked and shared the lifestyle with Min Tanaka at the Body Weather Farm in Japan (2006-2010). Here many seeds were planted in her heart, and a central teaching she embodied was the importance of not 'following' anybody but to find out for herself how to take care and make those seeds grow and flourish. Through the years these ‘seeds’ have been sprouting and maturing in its own ground, on her own body and life. Presently her teaching work is shared through regular classes, workshops, retreats, as well through the simple daily living.

Practicalities

Schedule

Saturday, May 21th from 10 am to 6 pm

Sunday, May 22th from 10 am to 6 pm

Venue

Quinta Ten Chi,

Sintra

Price

Full amount 150 €

EARLY BIRD INSCRIPTION - 120 € (Deadline 8th May) 

5% discount through Release - Embodied Arts

Registration

To register, send us an email to release.arts.production@gmail.com