Miranda Tufnell

Class Description | Morning Class | 28 January - 1 February 2019

This week will explore the rhythms and forces that shape how we feel, move and are present in the world about us. Science constantly reveals new facts about our amazing bodies and the nature of our universe. Our human body is a complex and beautiful creation made up of trillions of cells constantly moving and changing in unique and particular ways within an astonishingly integrated whole. We will take time to listen and explore the nuance and anatomy of breath and of heart. Moment by moment movement shapes and stories how we perceive and respond: In the pace and pressure of our lives there is rarely time to listen, be still - and follow the movements of the deep organising forces within our bodies . Yet as we drop below the surface of everyday awareness unknown aspects of ourselves appear revealing deeper currents of being, of becoming- what John O Donohue calls ‘the under-earth of our visible life’. Details, resonances appear that enrich our dancing and bring us more fully into connection with what is present and alive about us .health strengthens as we come into relation to these subtle forces at play within and around us.

“We are as bees
and our body is a honeycomb.
We make the body,
cell by cell we make it “ Rumi


Miranda Tufnell (www.mirandatufnell.co.uk) is a dance artist, writer and teacher in movement and imagination. She is also an Alexander teacher and cranio-sacral therapist. She has been teaching and making performances for over 35 years. Her work, both as a performer and body therapist has been to explore the ways in which movement shapes our sense of meaning, language and perception. With Chris Crickmay she co-authored two handbooks on sourcing creative work entitled Body Space Image (1990) and A Widening Field (2004). She has worked extensively in the field of arts and health including part time (14 years) within the NHS for a GP surgery. Her most recent book, When I Open My Eyes - dance health imagination (2017), documents this work. She has continued to teach widely (including the one-time Dartington College of Arts) and was visiting tutor at UCLAN on their MA in Dance and Somatic Wellbeing. Based in Northumberland, she also offers one-to-one creative space retreats.