Ben Ash

Class Description | Morning Class | Monday 20 - Friday 24 May 2019

Falling under the loose research title of Wayfaring Encounters, the arc of the practice across the week will draw in part on developmental patterns and gestures that we express during our embryological development into form through the three tissue types of ectoderm, endoderm and mesoderm.

Clear stimuli and examples will be provided through a collection of images, visual aids and physical propositions to act as launch points for practice. We can explore what arises whilst observing what happens as we come into relationship with each other within the wider space.

Acknowledging change and impermanence can provide access to a field of potential from which the un-planned unfolds as the wayfaring pathway we traverse. How does this support the fullness and nuance of each action and gesture, letting it inform us as it flows through us.

This approach nurtures a state of presence and availability in order to encounter the impulses for activity and receptivity that come and go. Time will be included for exchange and reflection through sharing in small groups and in the larger group.


I am a dance artist, choreographer, and co-director of Dog Kennel Hill Project, and integrate somatic movement awareness in my clinical practice as a Craniosacral therapist. I work with people through the relational field, both within performance practice and as therapist, informing the drives and questions I have in both disciplines. As an independent performer I have collaborated with Rosemary Butcher, Charles Linehan, Rosemary Lee, Richard Alston, Siobhan Davies, Charlie Morrissey and Charlotte Spencer. I am fascinated by the clarity of focused intention and human endeavour that I perceive as revealed through the practice of ‘working with objects’, sometimes experienced as ‘tools’. They can be grasped, manipulated and given multiple purposes, yet often actually serve no utilitarian function other than concentrated activity in and of itself. I am currently exploring what is made possible through being present in relationships, by creating interactive situations and activities with materials that become frames for this.

Ben Ash