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Soma: “The body as perceived from within” – Thomas Hanna
Spheres: Interlocking spheres, exploring the interior landscape in the body.

SomaSpheres invites an inquiry into the moving body through a series of interconnected movement forms toward developing a working knowledge of somatic practices and an opportunity to engage in embodied movement. Led by local and guest somatic practitioners and artists, SomaSpheres offers a fun-filled weekend of experiential learning and exchange focussed on the body’s magnificent capacity to speak a myriad of languages.

SomaSpheres is among several programs NDH are presenting in conjunction with the MacKenzie Art Gallery’s exhibition Re: Celebrating the Body, which runs January 26 through June 3, 2018. The exhibition proposes the idea of a “soma-esthetic”, a conversation that extends SomaSpheres into NDH’s Stream of Dance Festival.​

All SomaSpheres mini-workshops are free.
Please consider a $50 donation and become a Friend of NDH.
Your support will be regularly acknowledged in our print and on-line promotion, while directly supporting SomaSpheres expenses.

Since its inception in 1986 New Dance Horizons has provided space and support for contemporary dance artists with parallel practices in the healing arts, somatics and bodywork. Through our ongoing commitment to somatic research and education NDH consistently invites artists of many contexts to explore their somatic approaches, creative research, and performance, as well as share this activity with the public. A long-term goal of NDH is to develop an International Somatic Creation Centre (Snail Dome Somatics).

Welcome Susan McKenzie (Scribe) to SomaSpheres
Susan McKenzie joins SomaSpheres to observe, interview, and document the gathering. She anticipates with great pleasure a weekend of savouring motion and discoveries with you.
Over the course of her 57 year relationship with dance, Susan McKenzie has played many roles, among them professional dancer, choreographer, artistic director, movement educator, rehearsal director, writer, and recently graphic artist and dramaturge.
Susan “learns by doing, writes to reflect, remember and understand.”


Saturday April 21st, 2018

Location: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St.

10:00 am – 10:15 am Registration | Robin Poitras Introduction
10:15 am – 11:00 am Johanna Bundon | First Approximations
11:15 am – 12:15 am Ashley Johnson | Constantly Seeking Softness

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm Lunch break

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm Jennifer Mascall | Heart to Heart
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm Patricia Dewar | Energy Medicine Yoga
3:30 pm – 4:30 pm Johanna, Ashley, Jennifer, Patricia | Compare and contrast ideas with the day's practitioners

​​Sunday April 22nd, 2018

Location: New Dance Horizons Studio, 2207 Harvey St.

9:00 am – 10:00 am I-Ying Wu | Subtle Awareness
10:15 am – 11:30 am Traci Kluk | Bones to Breathe: Discovering Embodiment through Fitzmaurice Voicework

11:30 am – 12:15 pm Lunch break

Location: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St.
12:15 pm – 1:15 pm Ingrid Baxter, Erian Baxter, and Hannah Dubois | Artist Talk: An Intergenerational Dialogue in Art & Life & Water
1:30 pm – 2:45 pm Ann Tutt | The Mitzvah Technique and the Alchemy of Motion
3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Natasha Martina | Revisiting our Developmental Roots through Body-Mind Centerin
4:15 pm – 4:45 pm I-Ying, Traci, Ann, Natasha | Compare and constrast ideas with the day's practitioners

Monday April 23, 2018

University of Regina Aquatic Centre / Swimming Pool
9:30 am – 10:30 am Ingrid Baxter, Erian Baxter, Hannah Dubois, and Jeannie Mah | Plunge: An Aquatic Experience

Note: Please meet at the pool 15 minutes prior to the presentation. Participants are invited to watch from within the pool (please bring your swimsuits) or from dry land (bring your sandals)!
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