Latest news from the Skinner Releasing community:
SRT teachers Sally Dean, Julie Nathanielsz and Lily Kiara together with artists Margit Galanter and Suprapto Suryodarmo, co-facilitated a project in Indonesia in January 2017, FIELD OF RECIPROCITY: Investigating Performance, Culture & Practice.22.02.2017
Is this history or am I just seeing things? - Performance/Sharing of Practice on 7th April in London20.02.2017
Stephanie Skura teaches weekly Saturday Seattle advanced OSF classes through March 25, 2017, 2 - 5 pm08.02.2017
STEPHANIE SKURA TEACHES ANNUAL SEATTLE TWO-WEEK OPEN SOURCE FORMS WORKSHOP, MAY 29 - JUNE 9, 2017, OPEN TO ALL08.02.2017
Robert Davidson (1946 - 2016)16.01.2017
The Skinner Releasing community is mourning the loss of our beloved teacher Robert Davidson.
I have fond memories of Bob as my teacher and later a guiding force behind the training of Skinner Releasing teachers. Memories of Bob teaching a class; providing stepping stones into the unknown and new depths. Memories of Bob watching and waiting in silence as his classes enabled growth and new found awareness, revealing to us all the knowledge that “it is all dance”.
Bob possessed such a deep understanding of this beautiful work. Those of us who danced with him over the years observed the importance of his contributions to Joan Skinner’s work.
And, in his later life, Bob’s devotion to the training of new teachers and his gentle insistence that new teachers understand the specific underpinnings of Joan’s poetic movement practice. His insights will forever be entwined the many strand of Skinner Releasing’s creative fabric. We are saddened at the news of his death. Yet unquestionably he is with us.
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Update about the Skinner Releasing Technique Teacher Training Programme05.01.2017
The second year of the Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) Introductory Teacher's Training Programme will be held at the Akropoditi Dance Centre, on the Greek Island of Syros (after the completion of the first year which was held in Istanbul). The training will run from the 20th of March to 21st April 2017. Come May 2017 we will be welcoming several newly certified SRT teachers from all over the globe to the Skinner Releasing Network, with at least 5 of the new teachers being Turkish.
"Messiah of Movement" Bob Davidson28.12.2016
It is with great sadness that we share the news that Bob Davidson has passed away. Bob was the first teacher of the Skinner Releasing Technique to be certified, assisted Joan's teaching for many years and in turn played a central role in training all subsequent SRT teachers. He will be greatly missed by the SRT community but his passion for the work, words and teachings will stay with us in our hearts, minds and movement.
SURREPTITIOUS PREPARATIONS FOR AN IMPOSSIBLE TOTAL ACT, instigated by Stephanie Skura & performed in New York City October 2016 & April 201707.09.2016
American-based choreographer and long-time SRT teacher and teacher-trainer Stephanie Skura will show and perform her current project, Surreptitious Preparations for an Impossible Total Act, in New York City October 30, 2016 at Sundays on Broadway, and April 18 & 19, 2017 at Roulette, Brooklyn. Grown from collaborations with beloved peers during the past two years, as a response to having no funding, we improvised together as we would do anyway with or without financial support. In response to various scores Stephanie offers, working either via skype or live together in studios around the globe, we investigate such states as 'both wild & deliberate', 'flung versus placed', 'energetic perfunctory', 'both tentative & clear', and many more. Stephanie's formidable collaborators include SRT teacher Sally Dean, Eva Karczag, Debra Wanner, Wendy Perron, Juliette Mapp, Paige Barnes, and vocalist Shelley Hirsch. For details on these performances, subscribe to Stephanie's 'Event' mailing list: http://www.stephanieskura.com/contact.shtml
STEPHANIE SKURA FACILITATES PRE-TEACHER-TRAINING IN WALES, FALL 201707.09.2016
Public talk on SRT in Athens30.07.2016
Last month Lizzy Le Quesne and Manny Emslie gave a well attended public talk at Kinitiras Studio in central Athens, Greece. The talk was given within the frame of the complete introductory SRT intensive course taught by Lizzy Le Quesne and Manny Emslie at Kinitiras and introduced the background, philosophy and legacy of Joan Skinner and her Skinner Releasing Technnique, described the requirements and processes of the SRT teacher training, and responded to a number of questions from the floor. The talk reflects the growing interest in and support for SRT in Greece, which is led predominantly by the dedicated efforts of dance artist and Kinitiras Artistic Director Antigone Gyra. Photos by Violeta Gyra.
Sally E. Dean's recent performance of As the Crow Flies South22.07.2016
SRT intensive in Athens - first complete course to be offered in Greece01.04.2016
Teaching SRT in Hereford - At Royal National College for the Blind01.04.2016
Certified SRT teachers, Usha Mahathiralingam and Alex Crowe, participating in an Artists' Retreat on 'Contexts of Time and Space in Ecological Movement'24.03.2016
Certified SRT teachers Usha Mahathiralingam and Alex Crowe are both participating in an Artists' Retreat on 'Contexts of Time and Space in Ecological Movement' at Coventry University's Centre for Dance Research (C-DaRE), led by Sandra Reeve and Emma Meehan. The retreat explores how an 'ecological movement' approach, which considers the artist's and audience's inter-relationship with the context of dance and movement work, can be applied in the urban environment of Coventry city. In different ways, they are both exploring how this kind of ecological approach both encompasses the kind of 'inner' somatic awareness that is central to SRT, while at the same time also bringing attention to the inescapable interrelatedness of such an awareness with the mover's involvement with others and with their environment.
After a long break from choreograping Rosemary Spencer has created 'Labelling Lives'. It is a piece that was commisioned by Hoot Creative Arts to challenge perceptions of Mental Health. It draws on her own experiences of being a bisexual woman, confronting her own mental health problems and research done by academics into the increased incidence of mental health problems in the bisexual community. Further details on the research can be found in the Bisexuality Report.
The dancer, Alexandra Doe, is familiar with SRT having taken Rosemary's SRT classes in the past. This supported the creative process undertaken to create this work as it was strongly imbedded in Rosemary's practice of SRT.
You can view labelling lives online by clicking here.
Gaby Agis & The Raincoats01.02.2016
Stephanie Skura teaches OPEN SOURCE FORMS & CREATIVE PRACTICE workshops in New York City & Seattle in 201607.01.2016
American-based choreographer and long-time SRT teacher and teacher-trainer Stephanie Skura will teach workshops in Open Source Forms & Creative Practice during 2016 in New York City and Seattle. Open Source Forms (OSF) is fluidly expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique and integrated with approaches derived from thirty evolving years of rehearsal process celebrating diversity, collaboration, & individual creative empowerment: free of inhibition, wildly intuitive, inviting mind to collaborate. For details and booking information about OSF 2016 workshops, Teacher Certification Programs, new Pre-Teacher Training programs, and a special ‘Beyond Beginnings’ SRT/OSF workshop in Berlin taught by Betting Neuhaus and Susanna Hood: http://eepurl.com/bJ7d-5
Stephanie Skura teaches FREEDOM + RIGOR + COURAGE in Movement Research Winter Melt Festival, January 2016 in New York City07.11.2015
American based choreographer and long-time SRT teacher and teacher-trainer Stephanie Skura will teach FREEDOM + RIGOR + COURAGE, a five-day workshop 11-15 January 2016 at Movement Research's Winter Melt Festival in New York City. Moving from Open Source Forms — fluidly expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique — and working with approaches derived from thirty evolving years of rehearsal process celebrating diversity, collaboration, & individual creative empowerment: free of inhibition, wildly intuitive, inviting mind to collaborate. Access conceptual freedom, specificity, courage & honesty in movement, vocal practice, & improvisation. Adopt these methods & discover your own. Experiment with surprising pathways between conscious & subconscious, movement/voice/writing/drawing, witnessing & participating. With radical approaches to scores as fertile path toward content-relevant method & structure, integrating intuitive with analytical. Trusting our inner world, accessing technique as resource & having the courage to transcend it in unfettered presence. AND there are many other international dance innovators in this three-week festival!
Introductory Teacher Certification Programme for 2016-1719.10.2015
A new Introductory Teacher Certification Programme (ITCP) will take place over the next two years. The intensive, full time study will take place during summer 2016 and spring 2017 in Turkey. The Dance department at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University in Istanbul will host the training.
Application deadline is 15th January 2016.
For more details please see the Skinner Releasing Institute website.
Laurel Jenkins Tentindo led SRT classes with New Dialect Dance Company24.09.2015
This September Laurel Jenkins Tentindo led a week of Skinner Releasing Technique classes and a choreographic lab for New Dialect Dance Company (http://www.newdialect.org/about/) based in Nashville, TN in the US.