On The Floor

February - April 2022

Muizenberg/Woodstock

Movers are generally unstoppable. We find movement everywhere, and we embody the pure joy and act of being alive through the spontaneous freedom to move.

Lockdown has brought about a very unfortunate hampering of this practice: Not being on the studio floor with my fellow movers, researchers, students and teachers has brought me top think long about what it means to move. The absence from the floor has escalated my work into the ethernet, on Zoom, and while it has had its own character and technologies of practice, I acknowledge it as different from being live on the floor.

What is definite now is that I appreciate being On The Floor so much more.

What does this mean?

Apart from the obvious – the warmth and connective interaction with fellow learners – the work On The Floor has deepened in significance. There are many realisations. Here are some. We no longer take our physical spaces for granted; we accept that when a group of people come together to experience a learning with joy, curiosity and interest in who we are – and who we are becoming – that the space itself is an atmosphere, an ambience that "holds" the event of bodies in motion, together.

With the recent lack of closeness, we have also made separation, disconnection and isolation the ways to be that do not foster social growth, as individuals and as people in contact with the evolving world. It is possible that fear of others can erode the finer nuances of what it means to be a human being.

These series of movement sessions On The Floor brings a new possibility of how we can be, and can become in each other's presence. We have much more respect for health, well-being, courage, vulnerability, openness and boundaries than ever before. Relationality, how to relate to others has a warmth to it, and our ability to feel the nature of boundaries between each other has become a new knowledge, even an art of engagement.

It is within this atmosphere that I offer movement experiences On The Floor. I will share easy and accessible movements with you, and you will comfortably integrate them into your way of being.

One can explore one's body's riches and possibilities with one's thinking. Movement as such fosters mental health and connectivity with the self in ways that are different from one's ordinary ways of being in the world. One's movement vocabulary, the range of movement that you have available to give expression to new feelings will naturally widen and deepen your experience. Feelings that are not easy to put into words, are in, what I call one's bodymind. All that is needed is the safe space On The Floor to get to know them.

Here are the dates and times, starting in February, which you could book yourself into. You register and I will be in touch with you through email or phone to give you the details of venue and answer any questions you may have.

Muizenberg: Friday Evenings 5 - 7pm

Series One

R150 per session, or R800 for all 6 sessions

4 February 2022
11 February 2022
18 February 2022
25 February 2022
4 March 2022
11 March 2022

Series Two

R150 per session, or R550 for all 4 sessions

18 March 2022
25 March 2022
1 April 2022
8 April 2022

Woodstock: Saturday Mornings 10 - 12am

Series One

R150 per session, or R800 for all 6 sessions

5 February 2022
12 February 2022
19 February 2022
26 February 2022
5 March 2022
12 March 2022

Series Two

R150 per session, or R550 for all 4 sessions

19 March 2022
26 March 2022
2 April 2022
9 April 2022

Vrêk

During the time of these series, I will be in performance with Nico Athene. You may want to see how the work you do could become an art in which the lesserknown, yet more profound aspects of being human are being explored. Book for Vrêk performance-on-the-edge, here.


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