Susanna Recchia

Class Description | ID Online | 01 - 05 June 2020, 10.30-12.30

To honour Nancy Stark Smith’s teachings, I would like to quote her and invite those who join to “come as you are”. If you have been doing lots of classes online, or none, if you’ve been enjoying this isolation period or have struggled through it, come as you are!

I will offer five meditative sessions. The invitation is to be together through movement while exploring: omni-directional breath and elasticity of the skin; the relation between the central axis and the gut body; the connection between the eyes, the movement of the head and the articulation of the jaw; the relationships between our heart, lungs and diaphragm; and the attention to the extremities (such as hands, feet, head, tail) as tentacles to meet the world. The intention is to sense and explore differentiation of the parts while refreshing our individual sense of wholeness.

Each day we will investigate a different theme through meditative practices such as breathing, moving, sounding and improvising. I will offer suggestions that you can transform depending on your current interests and appetites.

I will bring questions as well as resources that I hope will support each of us individually, while being together, to feel ourselves more however and wherever we are in our body-mind.

Please note these sessions will be live online on Zoom. Separate booking is required for each day.


Susanna is an Italian dance artist living in the UK since 2001. Her practice shifts between performing, teaching, mentoring and researching both in academic and artistic contexts. As a performer Susanna has toured internationally, and collaborated with choreographers who involve improvisation either in the process of making or in performance and has devised her own work joining practitioners from different disciplines, such as photography and film. Dialogue, the study of movement and improvisation, imagination are the thriving forces of Susanna’s work as a dancer and teacher. She has recently started a practice-based PhD in Dance looking at the labour of the performer involved in collaborative and interdisciplinary processes at Roehampton University in collaboration with Siobhan Davies Dance and Independent Dance.