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ONLINE: BE HEINTZMAN HOPE (NYC) — Recreating Ritual: a movement workshop for pandemic circumstances

** FULL ** Feb. 8 to 12, 2021 – 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$20 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $50, non-eligible rate)
Open to artists of all disciplines / In English
Capacity: 16 people, priority for full week attendance


CONTENT // The definition of a mantra is “that which protects the mind”. That which protects the mind from negativity, or that which protects you from your own mind, is called mantra.
– Sogyal Rinpoche, The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying

Why is it not enough to say or do a thing only once? What do we need to remember when we repeat a name, a word, a sound, a movement? How can we do that in ever changing circumstances?
This research in movement ritual involves creating a polyrhythmic space where people can experience time in their own way while synchronizing with others when personal timing aligns. 

Each day of this workshop will begin with a new guided meditation. What is shared in the beginning of this practice is an offering, an opening, and an invitation into the participants own reality. Writing prompts will guide participants in creating their own embodied mantras. The goal of this workshop is to provide a mindful space for silliness and self inquiry alongside methods for grounding in repetition once this workshop is over.

BIO // Moving between sound and performance, Be Heintzman Hope is a facilitator of music, dance and embodiment ritual based between Tio’tia:ke/Mooniyang/Montreal and the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (musquem), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, (Squamish) and səl̓ílwətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Wateuth) peoples, colonially known as Vancouver. Their practice bridges dance training with conflict resolution, healing and community arts. They hold workshops in transitional spaces, dance institutions, DIY contexts and festivals that center queer, trans and racialized bodies – offering meditation, singing and dance as medicines to those on the frontlines of their healing journeys. They have facilitated workshops for various organizations and institutions such as Sherpa Centre de Recherche, Queens University, Mascall Dance, Ponderosa, The University of the Arts Philadelphia, and The Center for Gender Advocacy. 


All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training. There is a regular rate, and a rate subsidized by Emploi-Québec.

Who has to pay the full rate (regular)?
– People residing outside of Montreal Island
– Full-time or foreign students

To benefit from the subsidized rate by Emploi-Québec, you must:
– Live on the island of Montreal (civic address)
– Be an artist or cultural professional
– Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident or temporary foreign worker with a work permit (open or closed)

Are accepted: Part-time students, Employment Insurance (EI) or Income Assistance (IA) recipients (please notify your agent at Services Canada or MTESS).

Reimbursement policy – No reimbursement possible without a good reason (ex: sickness or injury).

Studio’s accessibility – Consult this page for detailed information.