a workshop series in dance, movement and somatics
with focus on intercultural and environmental contexts of practice
Join us in movement to explore interconnections between
culture, nature & soma!
The Seedling is a workshop exchange series that connects the fields of dance and somatics with intercultural dialogue and environmental contexts of practice, and which is based around a given theme.
At the core of the event are three overarching aims:
Firstly, to promote and facilitate intercultural dialogue by moving together and exchanging different professional perspectives on somatic experience of selfhood, while emphasising both inclusivity and diversity welcomed and supported by the practices.
Secondly, to promote the links between more traditional, largely indoor-based, somatic practices with eco-somatic practices, which are more outdoor focused and which open our understanding of the self to larger contexts of being in the world.
And finally, The Seedling is meant to explore all possible interconnections between culture, ecology and the living soma, to further somatic education practices and to create an open space for exchange, new knowledge and personal growth within the field of creative and inclusive wellbeing.
How can we better relate to the world and develop a more symbiotic relationship with it that can support our own wellbeing?
The Seedling offers both indoor and outdoor movement explorations inspired by chosen themes.
The indoor workshops focus on sharing and offering support tools arising from somatic movement explorations that can be utilised in daily life to support wellbeing across a range of personalised contexts.
The outdoor workshops focus on aspects of environmentally-mindful practices that help to explore the value of the natural world in supporting our ongoing wellbeing, expand of healthy sense of belonging in the living world around and reflect on moving towards healthier and more sustainable lives.
The event is designed to be fully inclusive and sessions are held in a welcoming and open environment, approached first and foremost with a sense of curiosity and exploration.
We move and share in an open and inviting atmosphere, aided and enriched by the sounds of live music accompaniment inspired by the local landscapes.
Treat yourself to this wonderful opportunity to
to new ways of supporting yourself
in movement and
creative wellbeing practices
Flow - The Call and Response of the Landscape
by Francis Angol
In today’s global matrix where imagery to some extent shapes our reality, the social and economic structures that we are forced to live by, can impact our life in such a way that forces us to unknowingly define who and what we are by the values and norms that it boldly placed before us. In doing so, we slowly gradually move away from a centred and balanced existence with the natural environment and create more of a destructive flow to our presence.
To address this issue, Francis Angol through his therapeutic practice – ‘Body in Rhythm’, draws from the philosophical teachings and practices of Western, and African Diasporic embodied movement traditions, to offer individuals an opportunity to explore the healing presence of the natural environment through his immersive workshop - ‘Flow - the call and response of the landscape’.
Bringing a focus on the life cycle of the costal landscape as a metaphor for renewal and change, the workshop takes individuals through a widening field of possibilities to explore ways in which we as human beings, can bring greater balance and flow to our life cycle. An opportunity to reflect, explore and experience the meeting of presence with existence, to curate a deeper awareness and understanding of the benefits of the unseen properties of our natural landscapes.
From an ecological perspective the workshop makes a parallel between the living body and what Angol calls the ‘landscape body,’ to infuse, inform and dissect indigenous knowledge of our environment. The workshop will allow participants to discover through a journey of play and exploration, ways of unearthing knowledge of unexplored ways of being that can further underpin our way of living, being and becoming.
Through exploring the relationship with the living matter of our environment, the workshop primarily focuses on creating pathways into the body, inviting participants to play and take pleasure in the art of self-discovery to unlock barriers to self-knowledge. An experience that aims to allow the self to unfold within a more mental, physical, and spiritually centred and attuned body, adding to the enrichment and support of our health and wellbeing.
Embedding Change - Negotiating Health through Life Cycles of Living Matter
by Anna Dako
The Earth's solar system is nearly 5 billion years old, and our sun is just one of over 200 billions of other stars in the galaxy, scattered trillions of miles away from one another. The Earth, alongside the presence of its water-rich corporeality, is dated as being 4.6 billion years of age, and the oldest rocks on our planet are as old as 3.8 billion years or older.
How can one comprehend change when tuning into the time scales of the Earth’s life cycles? And how can one meet the life cycle of the rock, so present in the local landscapes of coastal life in the north-east, which has been shaped by geological processes over millennia. Slowness of erosion versus abruptness of eruptions. Ice versus magma. Rocks change, break and move over time.
From igneous to sedimentary to metamorphic, rocks are the part of a cycle of creation, distraction and re-creation. Just like our human body, the body of earth is influenced by changes in temperature, pressure, humidity, weather exposure, etc. Minerals mix with organic material to form the soil on which plants and animals rely. Yet the rock is also the most reliable matter, that provides us with solid ground under our feet, and home-building blocks of granite, sandstone and marble.
In our explorations of the theme we will pay attention to what it means to live and understand our own body as a geological site, connecting through historicity of experience while negotiating best paths for health and inner developments for positive change. Somewhere between movement and stillness lie our answers to what we are made of, and how we can best support the ongoing constitution of wellbeing.
Inner sensing, movement contemplations and playful shifts in response perspectives will be our guides on this self-exploratory journey. Learning about qualities of change is a life-long adventure.
UK Schedule 2024:
- Stroud, UK
16th March 2024, 10.00 - 17.00 (with a lunch break)
Venue: Centre for Arts and Science
Hosted by: UKSMDT
- Aberdeen, UK
18th May 2024, 10.00 - 17.00 (with a lunch break) TBC
Venue: Schoolhill Studio, Citymoves, The Triplekirks, AB10 1JS, Aberdeen, UK
Full ticket - available soon!
Concessions - available soon!