Ben Ash

Class Description I Morning class I Monday 5 - Friday 8 June 2017


Loose themes for practice
Contacting an embodied sense of resource, a state or experiential flavour that is present, grounded and ready, where a sense of a balance between doing and being is established, tasted and known as something to return to when I encounter myself searching.. whilst moving, whilst seeing / receiving the other, whilst being and stilling.
Acknowledging change and instability, the possibility of noticing one's rhythm in this, our journey of coming and going
Staying open to things as they are, even when (and in particular) I become aware that I have been over-taken by the desire for an outcome
Appreciating space to mirror internal space, choices and possibillies
Appropriation as a way into engagement - borrow this, try it on and see how it becomes me, say yes to this
What happens?
The content of the class may change or remain the same over the course of the week and could be a mix of experiential guided exploration and set material that takes us through riddles and conundrums via journeys in the space.
We might work with an anatomical detail and see what's there for us if we open into the mind of, say the scapula.. how it is to be with that as a fulcrum for a while, what that gives us.. This might serve as both a template for embodiment and as resource for originating movement
Why?
The class is underpinned by the attempt to nourish curiosity and direct openness towards what arises in the present moment of exploration, letting movement and gesture arise, be, and dissolve back into the state of potentiality. A kind of objectivity towards our subjectivity, we're with what's happening rather than subject to it, we have choice.
A riddle - We may look at how available we can be to what's going on 'out there,' whilst being with what's going on 'for us', observing when that reaches an edge, seeing how we maybe make ourselves less available to what's going on 'out there' or 'for us', perhaps we distance ourselves, physically or energetically. Seeing how we react to familiar and foreign stimuli informs us about where we might soften habitual edges and patterns and move beyond their limitations. This could happen through a simple score or task, maybe using proximity and duration.

Biography

Ben is a co-artistic director of performance collective Dog Kennel Hill Project. As an independent performer he has performed with, Rosemary Butcher, Charles Linehan, Rosemary Lee, Richard Alston, Siobhan Davies, Wayne McGregor and Wally Cardona. Ben is a certified Biodynamic Craniosacral therapist and draws on material from this framework to support his inquiry into movement and relating with others.

http://www.dogkennelhillproject.org

Ben Ash