Drawing on the Byzantium and trans-cultural practice of shrouding and wrapping bodies in fabric, Blake Lawrence will share with you his artistic practice.
This is a workshop about physicality, movement and meaning.
Two words in our modern times that are laden with misconception: touch; commitment. What happens when we swap the meanings of these two words? How do we than interact with one another? Definitions and our rolls with each other can become clearer.
Anyone who has had to process a loved one’s death knows that it is a difficult and time-consuming task – even if you know where everything is. This workshop will give you the tools to avoid “leaving a mess” for your loved ones to clean up during their time of grief. You will take the first steps towards getting your affairs in order. The process itself can teach you a great deal about who you are and what you value most.
Fear is not the opposite of courage. In fact, very often the two go together. Often we are not even aware that we are frightened of something, or the extent to which fear is in the driver's seat in so many important aspects of our lives. Fear is not necessary bad, it is there to protect us, but sometimes the protection prevents us from taking beautiful risks.
In this workshop, rather than work to overcome fear, more modestly we will simply seek to feel the fear. Without being willing to feel the fear and dwell in it, there is no chance of overcoming it.
When most of us think of ceremony we imagine it as a series of actions to mark an occasion or life event that are given a particular form and mode of expression. Whilst this is true, what is most powerful about ceremony is that which remains unseen. Ceremony is a way of performing how things can yet be, in tension with the way they are in everyday life. Ceremony is a sacredness within the everyday, where other possibilities are glimpsed, and where changes (both real and attitudinal) are seeded.