The Kinematic Workshop is a series of movement-based workshops hosted on our new Marley dance floor. In addition to these facilitated events, Icebox is inviting community members to use the floor for dancing, playing, researching, relaxing, meditating, and practicing. Public use will be free of charge.
Shizu Homma: Butoh
Saturday, August 11th, 1-3pm
Shizu Homma will lead a noguchi and imagery based butoh dance workshop, available to all levels of experience whether you are continuing or a first-time butoh practitioner. Butoh is a post World War II Japanese dance. The imagery explored in this session may deal with decay, death, regeneration, rebirth, and changing planets/species/stages of life. Shizu Homma has been teaching butoh in the US as workshops and master classes. Please wear comfortable clothes to move in. Long pants and long sleeves are suggested, as well as layers as the body heats up and cools down during this practice. This workshop is open to all ages 17+.
Dianne Loftis and Meredith Degyansky: Deep Listening
Saturday, August 18th, 4-6pm
Dianne and Meredith, of the Creative Resilience Collective, will host a “Deep Listening” workshop focused on mental health, using exercises designed by sound pioneer Pauline Oliveros to activate heightened awareness of our external and internal sonic environments. Through intentional and selective listening you will explore how the sounds of daily life, nature, music, and your own thoughts influence mental health. This workshop is open to all ages and levels of experience.
The Creative Resilience Collective is a multidisciplinary research, co-learning, design, and public art collective working with underserved communities and advocates looking to improve access to quality mental health care services in Philadelphia.
Annie Wilson: How to Move Like E.T.
Sunday, August 19th, 11-1pm
This workshop is as much an exercise in imagination as it is in movement. How to Move Like E.T. is an exploration of finding the (im)possibilities of empathy within our own bodies. Participants will create an extra terrestrial with its potential for movement in mind and a goal to try to make the body do something it does not have the capacity to do even on a cellular level. This workshop is open to folks of all movement backgrounds and at the very least, is a hilarious exercise.
Sarah Muehlbauer: Body Maps
Sunday, August 19th, 1-3pm
Body Maps is a workshop that explores subtle and accessible body-minded practices for performers and non-performers alike. Sarah has been teaching movement classes for over 7 years, primarily in yoga and aerial arts. This course will focus on rooting techniques that tap into breath and flesh, as well as conceptual starting points that can bridge universal human experiences with improvisation, leading the path to choreographic forms. Open to anyone seeking a different perspective on their own physical experience and creativity.
Morgan FitzPatrick Andrews: Blind Games
Saturday, August 25th, 2-3pm
Blind Games is a collaborative movement workshop in which participants spend lots of time with their eyes closed. As a visually impaired artist, Morgan plays Blind Games to stir up conversations about dis/ability and the malleable nature of power in society, ultimately supplanting tragedy with humor. Anyone willing to stumble around blindly is welcome to this workshop.
Yixuan Pan: How To Clean A Window
Saturday, September 1st, 1-1:30pm
How To Clean A Window is a playful workshop on cleaning, self-caring and being bored. First performed at the National Liberty Museum, participants will be lead by an audio tutorial during this workshop in order to explore the poetics of everydayness. Join Yixuan Pan in expanding a series of choreographed movements when solitude transforms into solidarity.