Embodiment & Desire (Workshop)
Workshop mit David Bloom & Christian Meier
Freitag, 08. April 18.30 - 20.30 Uhr
Samstag, 09. April 10.00 - 18.00 Uhr
Sonntag, 10. April 10.00 - 14.00 Uhr
In the somatic world, there is often a blind spot when it comes to exploring the reproductive (or “sex”) organs, while in conscious sexuality practice there is often lacking the anatomical and embryological knowledge to deeply dive into an embodied movement exploration of this area of the body, that carries so much history, fear, and potential for pleasure.
Is there in fact anything “sexual” about exploring the reproductive organs somatically? Or is it the least sexual system of all to explore? What comes up for us when we move and are moved by this system?
David is a dancer and choreographer who has been working on questions of Desire, Boundaries, and conscious sexuality for the past decade, and Christian is a medical doctor who has been exploring and teaching Body-Mind-Centering for many years. This open-ended laboratory is a meeting of their two practices and common questions.
In the workshop, we will do some simple exercises around boundaries and desire. We will also include exploration of our structural-anatomical “conditions” as well as physiological processes, working with the tools of Body-Mind-Centering. Images of anatomy serve as maps for inner travel, precise perception is supported by moving explorations and touch. Besides the anatomical experience of skin, the digestive system, and the sex organs, we will engage with the embryological development of these systems as a base for developmental processes and spaces of potential.
(All proposals will be fully clothed, and the personal boundaries and comfort of all participants will be centered at all times.)
David Bloom is a choreographer, dancer, teacher, father, filmmaker, pianist, bodyworker, Jewish mystic, and tea collector. Graduated from the Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt and the M.A. Choreography course at HZT Berlin, as well as the Urban Tantra Professional Training Program with Barbara Carellas. He was a member of the dance ensemble at Staatstheater Darmstadt, and has collaborated as a dancer on projects by Tino Sehgal, Marco Santi, Nir de Volff/Total Brutal, Micha Purucker, Ingo Reulecke & Lukas Matthaei, Canan Erek, Friederike Plafki, Barbara Bess, Susanna Curtis, Felix Ruckert, Akemi Nagao, and Martin Nachbar.
His dance film trilogy Sex & Space premiered at the Berlin Porn Film Festival and was screened internationally. His choreography has also been shown at Tanzfabrik Berlin’s “Open Spaces” Series, Dock11 Berlin, La Fête du Slip in Lausanne, and at the Stockholm Dance Film Festival. David was a 2012 danceWEB scholar and his teaching has included HZT Berlin, Tanzquartier Vienna, Tanzfabrik Berlin, Human Architecture Lab in St. Petersburg, the K3 Center for Choreography in Hamburg, the M.A. of Contemporary Dance Education in Frankfurt, STRETCH Festival Berlin, the Body IQ Festival Berlin, the Rietveld Academie for Fine Arts & Design in Amsterdam, & the ImPulsTanz Festival in Vienna.
For the past decade or so, his work has revolved around questions of Desire, Intimacy, Boundaries, Power Relationships, Consent, and Group Dynamics. Other interests include Cross-Pollination, Pleasure, Space, Cellular Structures, the Digestive System, Fermentation, Sourdough, Beauty, Breath, Time, Spirit, Time, and Transformation.
Christian Meier, Body-Mind Centering teacher and medical doctor, is interested in the relationships between ordering principles that are health-promoting and those that are aesthetic. He is primarily dealing with transmitting experiental knowledge of the body as a source for creativ-artistic and health-promoting processes. His base is his training in Body-Mind Centering (School for Body-Mind Centering, Amherst, USA), his studies in medicin (University of Bonn) and music (Konservatorium Nürnberg/ Musikhochschule Nürnberg).