Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT)™
with Lily Kiara
Tictac Art Centre organizes an hommage to Joan Skinner, creator of the Skinner Releasing Technique. During a two days gathering, we will host several activities such as a SRT™ workshop with Lily Kiara, a concert, a projection, and more. More information on the hommage to Joan Skinner is available by clicking here.
About the workshop:
Tuning into dance technique and the creative process simultaneously through the use of imagery, designed to enhance expansion and strength with efficiency and ease.
Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT)™ is an innovative approach to dance and movement training, developed by Joan Skinner. A detailed, refined and expansive technique. It is designed to ease the tension by promoting effortless moving and integrated dynamic alignment of the whole self. The teaching strongly draws on guided imagery and hands-on partner studies, supporting an experiential understanding of both the technical and the creative process in movement. There is an ongoing fine-tuning in allowing ourselves to consciously fall into unknown creative territories. It engages many layers of the physical and the imagination that are involved when we dance and create, inside as well as outside.
Embodied listening, inner spaces, presence, dynamic stillness, softening and allowing are some of the essential areas of practice in Skinner Releasing (other than release), that support action into newness. Softening supports the releasing of strength through efficiency and responsiveness. Allowing encourages listening, to one’s own dancing first. This way we can become more available. In the technical work and in creating dances, directing and allowing are side by side, as are stillness and action, receptivity and fierceness. Joan Skinner says: “Letting go is a discipline”. It is a continuous practicing.
SRT™ is different from what has come to be known under the name ‘Release Technique’ in several ways. To name a few:
* It is process oriented, releasing other than release. It trains dancers to be deeply in touch with their own bodies continuously evolving;
* The alignment is approached as multidimensional dynamic alignment, also dynamic stillness;
* It brings together technique and creative process through the use of imagery and they way you are working from imagery in class. It is directed to the becoming aware and evolving of your own individual process and imagination.
* Part of the class, you can work with eyes closed to deepen your inner experience of the dance. Integration of inner awarenesses and outer focus is practised, playing with eyes open and closed.
* There is a possibility of transformation through the use of specific imagery inside the body while moving. It is about experiential understanding and when an image or any offering is actually felt in the body, it changes the dancing self.
A first book about SRT™ is in the making. It is expected to come out in 2021.
Online Skinner Releasing Network for resources and teachers:
Lily Kiara danced her first improvised solo performance on invitation of her dance teacher at the age of eight. She trained at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam (1990-1994), at Bennington College and Movement Research in NYC. Further on Skinner Releasing Technique (certified teacher since 2001), martial arts and training in instant composition with teachers such as Julyen Hamilton and Lisa Nelson have greatly influenced her work and evolving vision. The work of her late teacher Suprapto Suryodarmo, Amerta Movement continues to inspire her on numerous levels while practicing and performing in Indonesia. Currently she is training in London to become a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. Lily also is active as a folk singer-songwriter, solo and with her band The RIVER.
Lily Kiara has been teaching classes and workshops in Skinner Releasing Technique and Creating (Instant) Dances, sometimes together with a musician or lighting designer. She has been teaching at independent studios, festivals and academies and art institutions throughout Europe, USA, Australia and Indonesia and also guides artists in their process of making their own work.
Saturday & Sunday, June 26th-27th.