Join me for the * last * expandance * class * of * the * year *!
October is "Birthday Month" in our household, (yep, we're ALL October babies!) ...and as such, October is a busy one. What with birthday planning, working on writing expandance curriculum and choreographing for a show at Cinnabar Theatre, I'm only teaching expandance *just once* this month, on zoom.
So if you're wanting some expandance, this is the class to come to
It's 1.5 hours, so we can dance more, draw for longer, and delve deep into our restorative practice. MmmMmmMmm, AmIRight? #bliss
Tuesday October 19th
(That's 1pm East Coast and 6pm Ireland / UK)
~~~ Find or reconnect to your intuition
~~~ Have a bit of a boogie
~~~ Calm your nervous system
When you walk into an expandance class, you’re saying yes to an invitation to come home to yourself. This practice lives at the intersection of creative expression and somatic healing.
expandance is about spaciousness, permission, and connection.
expandance is a creative space.
It’s also a healing space.
… Which makes it a sacred space. But, don’t worry, we make sure not to take ourselves too seriously...
Because really, expandance is a playful space.
When you give yourself permission to come into this space, you get to welcome all the disparate parts of yourself home. You get to show up exactly as you are and be curious about what you’ll discover.
Let me know if you've any questions at all by simply replying to this e-mail; I'm happy to answer even the smallest questions.
And PAY HERE
expandance classes are FREE for BIPOC and undocumented immigrants, wherever you reside.
Hey, Sonoma County! Come see what I've been working on:
Dancing Lessonsby Mark St. Germain
Last week expandance co-founder Laurie Keegan undertook a workshop entitled "Writing As Choreography" with UK based dance artist Alexandrina Hemsley, hosted by Dance Ireland. What follows is one of the poems to come out of that workshop, written by Laurie.
An Ekphrastic poem inspired by the experience of watching
‘Barely a Person’
choreographed and performed by Rachel Wynne
Eyes draw down fill up
Off the roll away shadow and pause.
You follow hollow curl, curl, curl
It circles, uncurls, curls
Interrupt. Voice remembered.
Vulnerable. Holding on scared
Shadows and light
I feel tears and then she looks away
Strength, texture, forms. Don't forget.
I won’t forget
I remember with you
I hear you
We all not have forgotten, I.
She Baby emotes
Why can’t we. guilt
Shame on them,
No more Silence.
Cold floor only we feel
Need soup, sup, soupy, supping
I love you
Roll through the floor
Keeping me grounded
I have the thigh and apathy it’s me
Vault of power
Pulse, prep, pulse, prep
Surrounded by your weight I feel you down to me
Stretch and light, all light
Volume, hall it at the sing back
Strut it on to the back room
Grip pelvis Relevé
We can’t be unshielded
Eyes be light
I Love You
You are everything and more much more
HOLY SHIT I love you.
Hi friends,My dance film giving voice to postpartum depression went live as part of the ''In Their Own Voice" online festival this weekend.
The piece I've been working on, "Barely A Person'', giving a voice to post partum depression, is being shown as part of "In Their Own Voice" - a virtual festival about what happens when you let a woman speak.
Tickets available at cloverdaleperformingarts.com
After you buy a ticket, you’ll receive an email with a link for the performance of the time and date you chose. Click on the big blue button link in the email to watch the show. Or go to ShowTix4U.com/stream and use the access code provided in the email.
Yesterday I listened to a lovely episode of ''Hunting for Healers'' hosted by Frank Vogt. He's been doing this podcast for a while now and I admit that, what with having a 3 year old who is almost always talking or wanting something, this is the first once I've listened to the whole way through.
Among all that Brother Richard talks about (faerie encounters, spirituality, Irish folk healing etc) one bit that has stuck with me strongly over the last day or so was when he spoke about creativity. How we are always creating - our lives, our communities, our art. And how meeting the silence - that still place inside of us - can be so uncomfortable but how when we do, we can hear that divine creativity. This is the idea expandance is based on, this has been my practice for many years, and it's interesting to hear it spoken about from someone with such a different background (he is a Franciscan monk).
And for those who prefer; YouTube.