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Arts and leisure - Dance

Two-day workshop Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT)™

Sat 16 March 13:00-16:30 & Sun 17 March 10:00-13:30 h

Bettina Neuhaus
photo: Annick Bienvenu

For whom
This introductory Skinner Releasing Technique™ workshop is for people with (basic) experience in dance and improvisation who want to further develop their technical and creative skills.
It is an offer especially for those who have no experience with SRT and want to get to know this method.
For people already familiar with SRT, it's an opportunity to get back to basics and deepen their practice. Be welcome!

Participants will be introduced to the fundamental principles of the Skinner Releasing Technique™ (SRT), an innovative approach to dance and movement training developed by American dance artist Joan Skinner (1924-2021). In addition, there is extra time to integrate the learned releasing principles in a playful way into your own dance and improvisation.
In SRT, guided poetic imagery is used to stimulate the dancer's imagination and promote nuanced experiences of movement.
At other times during the lesson, participants learn to perceive their own physical patterns more consciously through hands-on assignments with a partner: the touch helps to release unnecessary tension, so that new sensations, connections and movement possibilities can arise.
Attention is paid to, among other things, free breathing, allowing movement, the autonomy of different body parts and the play with gravity and balance.
Furthermore, flexibility, effortlessness, multi-directional alignment, and presence in movement and stillness are some of the essential practice areas of SRT.
SRT can support any movement style and activity while promoting artistic sensibility and creative development.

This workshopnis given in English.

Bettina Neuhaus is a choreographer, dancer, teacher and mentor and has been active in the dance and theater world for over 30 years. She studied music and movement at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Essen, dance at the Theater School Amsterdam and has an MA from the Trinity Laban Conservatory of Music and Dance, London.
Her artistic work focuses on direct composition in performance and collaboration with artists in the fields of dance, music, lighting design and poetry.
Bettina studied Skinner Releasing Technique™ (SRT) with Joan Skinner in Seattle and is one of the only two certified SRT teachers in the Netherlands. She provides lessons and workshops in Instant Composition and SRT at dance and art academies, studios and cultural institutions in Europe and South America. www.bettinaneuhaus.com​​​​​​​

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