Short Description: Rasa and Emotion in Performance and Somatic Practice: In Sanskrit, the word “rasa” means essence, or flavor, and corresponds to both elements of the physical body and the tastes of food that we enjoy when they combine with our bodies. In performance, it corresponds to the emotions that can be savored and shared, bodily, by performers and spectators. In this workshop, we will explore rasa and emotion as elements of somatic practice, how they shape our relationship to self, other, and environment, and ways of integrating them in our exploration of BESS, developmental patterns and work with the body systems. We’ll look at how this applies to everyday life, theater and dance, and activism.
Short Bio: Michele Minnick (Ph.D., C.M.A) is an independent artist, educator, and producer whose work engages the arts, somatic practice, activism, and healing. She has been teaching and developing The Performance Workshop and Rasaboxes, originated by Richard Schechner, since 1999, and is currently completing the first book about this approach. In Baltimore, Michele is a Core Creator with Submersive Productions. In 2021 she founded Vital Matters, an interdisciplinary laboratory for change, that works at the intersections of the performing arts, somatic practice, social and environmental justice, and climate change. She is completing her training as a Somatic Movement Educator/Therapist in the Dynamic Embodiment program with Martha Eddy.
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