Marina Collard Somatic Practice DanceLab

A wonderful opportunity to come and join us as part of DANCELAB

Date/Times: Sat 1st December 3pm-6pm, Sun 2nd December 11am-4pm 2018

Studio will be open half an hour before  start time on both days for registration and warm-up

Venue: Dance Resource Base, Dance Studio, 35, Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FG

Cost: Sat: £15, Sun: £20, both days: £25

The workshop is suitable for all movement and dance practitioners

About Marina Collard Somatic Class

Marina’s class draws on her personal movement research which is informed by biodynamic craniosacral therapy and other somatic practices. Her experience as a dancer and teacher has been a ground for developing her enquiry in an endeavor to find the ease within ourselves and in our moving. Marina is interested in the act of embodying and the breadth of scope of the physicality of dancing. The work is underpinned by an ongoing curiosity and openness towards the uniqueness of what arises in the present moment of exploration. Further questioning arises from the application of our enquiry into set material. The invitation is to find ease within our dancing and be playful in our moving. The approach to moving is open and rigorous allowing dancers to expand their choices in the detailed articulation of set material.

Class will begin by tuning into our body, how it feels when we breathe, move and settle. The locating of specific bony landmarks will assist in a shared attentiveness and enquiry into our support with the clarity and coherence of our body as we orient to the ground the self and to others. We will start to work with simple movement activity from which to develop our own physical enquiry through the use of improvisation. This enquiry will be applied to more structured movement material with attention to the use of weight, sequencing and rhythm.

About Marina Collard

Marina is a dancer, maker and teacher with a practice as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. She has extensive teaching experience in professional and educational settings both nationally and internationally. She regularly teaches at Independent Dance, Trinity Laban Conservatoire for Music and Dance and London Contemporary Dance School. With Steve Haines, Marina has developed integrated movement and craniosacral therapy post-graduate courses for Craniosacral Therapists.

As an artist Marina is interested in collaborating with artists from different disciplines. She has worked with filmmaker Tom Paine for 18 years and this creative partnership has informed her choreographic practice. Her work has been shown in the UK and abroad including Still Going shown at the British Council Theatre Delhi 2016 where she was a mentor for the Gati Dance Summer Residency programme. Her most recent solo collaboration, Something’s Going On, is being shown at Tanz Namedy Festival in Germany this summer. Other collaborative projects include Ether with Graham Fitkin Ether at the Southbank, The body in and as Space with Kate Johnson Tripspace commission in collaboration with The Hayward Gallery. Marina is currently collaborating with Henrietta Hale on the making of Clean Dream – Dream Clean. 

As a performer, Marina has worked with ceramicist Claire Twomey, Florence Peake, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Carol Brown Dances, CandoCo Dance Company, Joe Moran among others. She is currently working with choreographer and researcher Carolyn Roy.