Stephanie Skura

Delve Deeper Intensive - 13-15 September 2013

Freedom + Rigor + Courage

We’ll delve deeper into cross-fertilisations and deep commonalities of Skinner Releasing Technique and creative process, with time to allow both depth of technique and ensuing catalysis of creative work. We’ll include methods derived from decades of experimentation with a rehearsal process that celebrates diversity, collaboration, and individual empowerment: free of inhibition, accessing intuitive knowing, and inviting the mind to collaborate. These methods access conceptual and creative freedom, specificity, courage and honesty in movement, vocal practice and performance. They empower participants to adapt these methods and discover their own. We’ll include a progression of experiments in surprising pathways between conscious and subconscious, movement and voice, witnessing and participating. We’ll take some radical approaches to composition, working with scores as a remarkable and fertile way to find both method and structure that's unique for our content, integrating intuitive with analytical to find structure. We’ll practice trusting our inner world, accessing technique as resource and finding the courage to transcend it - in presence, vulnerability, and ideological freedom. Bring paper and pens for writing and drawing.

Class Description

Professional class - 9-12 September 2013

Open Source Forms (OSF)

Expanded from Skinner Releasing Technique, Stephanie Skura developed Open Source Forms after 12 years as a member of the SRT Institute’s core faculty, and decades of radical performance practice. OSF is about cross-fertilisations and deep commonalities of Skinner Releasing Technique and creative process: a technique that includes shedding outer layers, finding primal energy, agility navigating subconscious realms, and imagery as a powerful tool for transformation. Stephanie draws on decades of research and practice in improvisation and radical composition techniques, and her extensive background as a Skinner Releasing teacher and teacher-trainer. Her teaching derives from a rehearsal process that celebrates diversity, collaboration, and individual empowerment: free of inhibition, accessing intuitive knowing, and inviting the mind to collaborate. These sessions offer methods to access conceptual and creative freedom, specificity, courage and honesty in movement, vocal practice and performance. With a taste of some juicy experiments in surprising pathways between conscious and subconscious, movement and voice, witnessing and participating. Bring paper and pens for writing and drawing.

Tuesday Night Improvisation - 10 September 2013

Moving and Writing Experiments

Juicy experiments in finding surprising pathways between moving and writing:
We’ll warm up with some tools for finding freedom and specificity of movement and voice as unique and multi-layered as our individual life experience. We’ll travel between the specific and the abstract, between narrative and texture, between the conscious and the subconscious, between witnessing and participating. We’ll work with methods that allow us to be carried along buoyantly by something other than narrative and conscious psychology - by undercurrents of texture, by not-yet-articulated ideas, by wafts of the indescribable. Open to all! Bring paper and pens for writing and drawing.

Biography

Stephanie Skura, "major American experimentalist" and Bessie award-winner, is a choreographer, director, performer, mentor, teacher, teacher-trainer, and writer. She has toured for three decades in 14 countries. Her current work takes a radical approach to language and voice, continuing investigations of boundaries and intersections of dance, theatre, poetry and performance. Her involvement with permaculture and naturopathy supports her dedication to catalyse creative process in a holistic and collaborative way, with deep respect for individual diversity and subconscious realms. She holds a BFA and MFA in Dance from New York University Tisch School of the Arts. After twelve years as a Skinner Releasing Technique core faculty and teacher trainer, working closely with Skinner Releasing creator Joan Skinner, she created the Open Source Forms Teacher Certification Program.

http://www.stephanieskura.com