February 17th, 2017 – Ayako Kato: What is Movement?

Ayako Kato’s What is Movement? is a dance-based inquiry into movement and stillness. As a movement artist who is influenced by an Eastern and Japanese view of nature and the philosophy of Tao, Kato’s ongoing practice is to perceive humans as a part of nature and to represent human movement as the embodiment of ‘The Way’ of nature. What is Movement? proposes a perpetual question and exhibits the states of unity and eternity residing in our ephemeral being. Tuning into principles inside and outside the body, Kato’s focus is not to create new steps or movement sequences, but to realize and represent the principles of nature and the body. Her work advocates for the human sensibilities of ‘stillness’ and ‘silence’, fostering perception of that which emerges between the body and the environment through the interplay of dynamics.

This movement-based workshop inspired by Kato’s practice and the ideas of What is Movement? will begin with anatomical/somatic warm up exercises and deep breathing, followed by observing natural and various types of objects, and analyzing those objects as well as relationships between/among them. Open to all people, including those with no experience of dance ranging to those who have professional level expertise. This workshop is for anyone interested in movement and our relationship to nature/environment.

Location: Village Community Cohousing 1104 Mound St.

Time: 12:00-1:30pm

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