Transmitting the Body. Researching (through) Dance

Eva Maes

Studio Joji, 18 Rue de la Glacière,1060 Saint-Gilles, Brussels

Date and Time

Thursday November 3, Friday November 4, 10h30-17h


120 euro


Fluctuating between moments of physical exploration ánd physical reflection, the workshop engages with questions that somatic inquirers share, wherever they move to: How to translate a methodology of listening, an incorporated methodology, anchored in (dance) practices of collective learning and communicating through diverse somatic approaches, at the moment of entering in an(y) (institutionalized) field? What to preserve, how to translate? How to ´transmit the body´? Body-Mind Centering (more concretely, explorations in movement and touch based on embryological roots of our connective tissue matrix as it interlaces with our circulatory system), as well as other (movement) influences around collectively shared research inform this workshop. Of course, we also draw and develop from personal musings of participants. After all, they form the core content of any BMC-based workshop. This workshop aims to further previous themes explored in Spring 2022- ´Transmitting the Body´ workshop: How do notions about ´listening´, ´conscious and unconscious dialogue´, a ´collective realm´ and/or ´repetition´ inform an explorative dance, as well as move concepts of research in various directions? To what extent is sharing these questions supportive of our singular practices? You are welcome to join again. You are welcome to join also if you could not attend the Spring 2022 ´Transmitting the Body´-workshop.

Intructor's Bio

After obtaining 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 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 and in 2019 as Certified Teacher of Body-Mind Centering (Tuscania, Italy). In 2004-2005 she studied Somatic Psychology with Linda Hartley. She holds a Bachelor, Master and Teacher Training Degree Dance from the Royal Conservatoire Antwerp. She has been assisting Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen in various workshops in NY (2006, 2018), Brussels (2007), Bratislava (2006), Berlin (2013, 2016), Amsterdam (2013), Claremont (2019) as well as in the licensed BMC programs Soma in Paris and Valcivières and Movimiento Atlas in Zaragoza, and has been teaching at Leben Nuova, Licensed Training Program BMC in Italy and at the Licensed Training Program BMC in Brazil. 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, Valencia, 2007), 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. Since 2016 she has studied tangos and bulerías (Beatriz Morales, José Antonio Galván, Pastora Galván, Manolo Marin, Antonio Canales, ea). She is a professional member of the ‘Body-Mind Centering Association’ and chair of Ethics Committee of BMCA. She teaches dance and movement classes for children, adolescents and adults and Body-Mind Centering in the Bachelor Dance program, at RCA, School of Arts, Antwerp. She conducts the research ´Transmitting the Body´(2020-2022) within CORPoREAL group at the same institute.

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