Mind / Body Training & Authentic Movement


Mind Body begins with form and looks to find the life inside that shapes it (sensation, intention, and perception). Authentic Movement starts with impulse and explores the pathway into form. Seemingly opposite in approach their common goal is to create access and openness in the performing body. In combination, they provoke the individual towards new terrain. What happens when these different ways of being meet and collide? How do they feed each other, how might they inspire greater availability and freedom from habitual obstruction? While the workshop is geared for performers, in the spirit of inquiry we invite practitioners from diverse disciplines to join us. The aim is to incite a rich and fertile investigation.


Mind/Body: Tedi Tafel’s teaching of Mind/Body training is based on the research of Japanese Butoh dancer Min Tanaka. MB is an energetic, dynamic workout that re-examines the mental structures and physical habits that can inhibit the potential state of the individual. Here we rigorously explore the body as a site of presence and transformation while developing strength, stamina, support, precision and abandon.


Authentic Movement: Authentic Movement is a self-directed practice of embodying internal impulse. Here the body is seen as subject, to be attended to, listened to, with its stories, intelligence, perceptions and experiences. As we learn to suspend judgment and analytical thinking, a more receptive attitude is adopted. At the heart of the practice is the willingness to surrender to the experience of the moment. Giving up controlling, directing, censoring and deciding, we enter a realm that is unplanned, without goal, unpredictable and often surprising, one that invites direct experience of personal and creative truth.

Trajectory Field by Antony Gormley 

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