Connecting through natural movement
Facilitator: Jemima Bennett
This one day workshop takes place outdoors within the beautiful woodland of Hawkwood. Taking inspiration from the textures, sounds, light and colours of the trees, plants, undergrowth and creatures, we will find new ways to express ourselves through movement and dance. No experience is necessary; this day is open to everyone who is interested.
Event time: Sat 14th Aug 2021 at 10:00am - Sat 14th Aug 2021 at 3:00pm
At a Glance
- A creative day in beautiful surroundings
- Suitable for all levels, including beginners
- For people 16 years and older
What Participants will Gain
- Learn about different approaches to movement and dance
- Create your own original movement style and sequences in a supportive atmosphere
- Enjoy like-minded company and meet new friends
The Shape of the Day
After introductions, the day will start using exercises from Skinner Releasing Technique and Feldenkrais Method. These subtle movement approaches allow us to connect very gently with our bodies, both internally and externally. We will spend time exploring the relationship between different parts of the body and how they help each other to create a movement. We may find we discover a new vocabulary of movement as we move naturally, without music.
With Jemima’s encouraging guidance, we will extend this investigation into our surroundings, encountering the impact of nature on our movement. We will allow the woodland of Hawkwood to inspire us and create a backdrop to the discovery of our own movement and authentic human connection to nature.
In addition to working on our own, we will do some pair and group work which will incorporate witnessing and sharing.
The Course in Context
Jemima Bennett has been developing an artistic movement practice with others in Hawkwood’s woodland over the past 15 months. This one day workshop grows out of this.
The course is taught outside so please wear loose, comfortable clothing in layers, suitable for the weather conditions on the day, as well as comfortable footwear. Waterproofs can be handy to allow movement on the woodland floor, especially if damp. Most of the time will be in shade, but bring sunhat and suncream in case you go into strong sunlight.
You will also need to bring a water bottle, packed lunch and drinks.
The site includes uneven, steep ground and a reasonable level of mobility is required.
Course begins at 10.00am and ends at 3.00pm.
Jemima Bennett has danced all her life: even as a baby her feet were constantly twisting and turning in circles. She trained at the London Studio Centre of Dance and Drama, and then worked in a variety of settings as a dancer, puppeteer, and actor, touring Australia, New Zealand and UK. She gained a Certificate in Dance Leadership from Morley College, London and worked with children with learning difficulties at primary school level. Ten years ago she started running dance improvisation classes in Stroud, Gloucestershire which resulted in an exhibition called Dancing Light at Lansdown Hall, four films and a solo piece called Life Force.
Please see Jemima’s blog https://www.hawkwoodcollege.co.uk/dance-nature-series-2/
“Jemima's approach to movement is about holding a space with care. This sense of care enables a freedom to journey with one's body and connect with the more-than-human in a deeply personal way…. an experience of joy and presence." Patricia Brien
“Jemima has a wonderful way of sharing her passion and delight for movement in nature.” Alex Howard
“Jemima's intuitive understanding of the need for communication with the environment is always evident.” Alex Howard
"Jemima's approach is a celebration of movement, inspired by trees, slope, light and views. Her background as a dancer and her encouraging manner invite you to be playful and creative." Katie