The Heart- Three Body-Mind Centering® based labs.

Eva Maes

Studio Joji, 18 Rue de la Glacière, Brussels

Date and Time

Friday January 17 (11h-18h), Friday Feburary 14 (11h-16h), Friday March 13 (11h-16h)                                                                                                                               


120 euro


In these three labs at Studio Joji in Brussels, we will delve into the experiential anatomy and explore the development of our organ of circulation and relationship, the heart.

First focusing on the anatomy and physiology of our heart, we will then further follow circulatory pathways into the history of this organ, and its intimate relation to other muscular, moving tissues. We will focus also on the potential of the vessels free the heart, on the the development of the valves and sinoatrial and atrioventrical nodes, the development of rhythm and pulsation. Some of the general muscular system principles (distinguishing flesh from bones, muscle reeducation (passive, active, active assisted and resistive movement) as well as an investigation on the relation between extraembryonic mesoderm development, may later support our vascularized movement in space.

In this workshop, besides opening our body-based inquiry into the parameters of ´dance´, also touch will be explored as an expression of and a way to gauge movement and dance.

The laboratory is open to anyone who has a sincere interest in exploring, articulating, learning from the physical roots of our ‘being’. Previous experience with Body-Mind Centering® and/or dance and movement is of course welcome, but not necessary to enjoy participating in this workshop. Professional and non-professional movers can happily learn from each other.

The workshop will be taught in English, Dutch and/or French, depending on the needs of the participants. Preferably you can participate all 3 days. In case you can´t attend all days but are curious to participate, please contact me.

Intructor's Bio

After she obtained a Master in History at the University of Ghent, Eva Maes (B) studied dance at the International program at Cunningham Dance Studio (1999-2001, NY, USA). As a Full Merit Scholarship student she received classes from different dancers of several generations of the Merce Cunningham Company (Meg Harper, Louise Burns, Carol Teitelbaum, Foofwa d'Immobilité, Robert Swinston, e.a) as well as Merce Cunningham. During her training period in New York, she had a chance to study also with Janet Panetta (Classical Dance); Dianne Madden, Mariah Maloney (Trisha Brown Technique & Repertory), Barbarah Mahler (Klein Technique), K.J. Holmes,Vicky Shick,ea . In 2003 she met the improvisational work of Lisa Nelson’s, leading to more workshops and collaborations till today with her and within the group 'Tuning Space- Brussels' (in la Manutention, Bordeaux, and in Nadine, Danscentrum Jette, Espace l' Escaut, Cartago Delanda Est, A. Pass, Espace Mutin, Tictac Art Centre, Brussels). In the same period she started her studies at the School for Body-Mind Centering® (Chiemsee, GER and Northampton, USA), where she graduated in 2006 as a Body- Mind Centering® Practitioner. In 2004-2005 she studied Somatic Psychology with Linda Hartley. She holds a Bachelor Degree and Teacher Training Degree from the Koninklijk Conservatorium Antwerpen, School of Arts. She has been assisting Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in various workshops in NY, Brussels, Bratislava, Berlin, Amsterdam as well as in the licensed BMC programs Soma in Paris and Valcivières and Movimiento Atlas in Zaragoza. Since 2004 she presented solo´s on different occasions in Brussels, Antwerp and Sevilla (Duo + Justine, Reminiscen(c)e, Mimicry Project, Manos Vacias,...). Other collaborations in dance: Chantal Yzermans/Radical Low (NY, 2004), Anouk Llaurens (Brussels, 2007, 2008, 2013(‘Visions’), 2014-2015 ('Spectrum of the Senses'), Alba Lucera (Sevilla 2017). In 2015 she co-organised together with the Body-Mind Centering Association ´Tracing RefleCTions-RefleXions´, the 2015 BMCA European Conference in Ghent. She is a professional member of the 'Body-Mind Centering Association' and member of Ethics Committee of BMCA. She also teaches dance and movement classes for children, adolescents and adults. In May 2019 she concluded Body- Mind Centering Teacher Training in Vussem (DE)and Tuscania (IT). She lives in Antwerp, Belgium.

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evamaes [at] hotmail [dot] com
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