WS1 with and for – a Body Weather inspired practice
We begin by warming up our minds, muscles and joints with movement patterns that travel across the floor. More complex propositions challenge our coordination, and we gain support from an energetic music playlist. Throughout, we embrace expression. For the first half, we get an aerobic workout and work up a sweat, and then we get creative in the second half with writing and improvisation prompts. Facilitated with and for participants, this workshop seeks to destabilize notions of perfectionism and homogeneity within the dance class. All movers can join. Those coming from migrant and/or queer identities and their allies are especially welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring an extra change of clothing as well as a notebook and pen. This practice is influenced by the research of Body Weather farm collaborators led by Min Tanaka in Japan.
Amelia Uzategui Bonilla
she/they, dance artist and researcher.
Floor-work, contact improvisation, Afro-diaspora forms, improvisation and somatic practices have all expanded Amelia's physical perspectives. Their classes and choreography create multi-disciplinary experiences with theoretical influences that encourage the transformation of colonial and patriarchal structures.
Born in Peru and migrating to Los Angeles as a child, Amelia attributes accessing dance to parent, Ana Bonilla, a traditional dancer. She completed the Juilliard School's bachelor dance program in New York City and the MA in contemporary dance education at the HfMDK in Frankfurt with working experiences in New York, California, Peru and Germany.
Mentored by Anna Halprin, post-modern dance and expressive arts pioneer, Amelia practices as a certified practitioner in the Tamalpa Life/Art Process®. In 2014, Amelia cofounded Río Danza Comunitaria, a dance education collective supporting ecological activism and continues this proposal with Global Water Dances Frankfurt.