CLASS: This class will be about feeling into our muscles and bones as well as an opportunity to disorient ourselves, and move big. Part aerobic workout dance party, part mind body integration, our focus will be on coordination, motion, whole body perception, and embodied intimacy with self, other, and group. We will sweat to music, manipulate each other’s bodies, and move very quickly, and very slowly. Expect to have fun and be challenged. All over the age of 12 are very much welcome, no dance experience necessary.
In his teaching, Asher draws from his movement and artistic practices, which are deeply influenced by Deborah Hay, Juhani Pallasamaa, Samatha and Vajrayana meditation practices, Jerzy Grotowski and Body Weather, a comprehensive movement (non)technique developed by Min Tanaka at Body Weather Farm in Hakushu, Japan, in which the body is encouraged to fluctuate – like the weather —changing constantly.
BIO: Asher Woodworth is a multidisciplinary artist based in Maine. Asher’s background is in performance, postmodern dance, and video. He works primarily with bodies and concepts, but also objects, plants, and heat. Recently Asher has worked with Dean Moss, Deborah Hay, and Hana van Der Kolk. He has shown his work at Movement Research, Danspace Project, SPACE Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, and has led workshops and performed nationally and internationally at such venues as MoMA, The Walker Art Center, Diverseworks, BRIC, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, The Electric Lodge, CATI Dans, Body Actualized Center, and Uferstudios Berlin. He is the recipient of a 2015 Touring Grant from New England Foundation for the Arts. Asher holds a BA in Dance and Philosophy from Bennington College.