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ONLINE: LINDA RABIN (MTL) — Continuum: explore the unexplored within

Jan. 17 to 21, 2022 9:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$35 
Open to artists of all disciplines
Language of instruction: a mix of English and French
Capacity: 20 people — priority for full week attendance

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CONTENT // Continuum is a unique somatic approach that acknowledges the primacy of the fluid system and the depth of healing that comes when we engage the fluids. Explore breath, vocalized sound and biological movement, which like water, spirals, spreads, pulsates and undulates. Through presence and attention, let unfold the fluid movement you are. These internal movements and felt-sensations will begin to organize and reorganize in new and unexpected ways.

To engage with our fluid nature in this manner is to stimulate our body’s capacity for self-regulation and well-being. This practice is a refreshing resource that informs our personal, physical and relational life, our creative activities and in general, our perception of the world in which we live.

How does this practice inform the dancer in us, the mover in us, the person we are? I invite you to join me in this adventure, where participants are encouraged to embark at their own pace, in the creative spirit of inquiry and discovery.

ACCESSIBILITY // I have had a little bit of experience with students with physical limitations, including paralysis, MS, Muscular Dystrophy, being in a brace, a wheelchair…. Continuum is very possible. In Continuum we do a lot of lying on the floor (back, side belly), and some sitting in a chair (or on the floor), as well as standing and quadruped. The main issue is getting on and off the floor, into and out of the chair (either alone, with aid from other participants, or a special needs assistant). My classes involve exploring the movement we are, rather than the movement we do. Therefore we are not moving through space, but rather moving in place, exploring internal movement and how that informs our larger movement. All movement explorations can be adapted according to the need and physical ability of the person. 

All to say, Continuum is pretty adaptable and workable for anyone wanting to engage in the practice. Participants need to know what to expect – slow moving, attention to internal felt-sensation, breath and sound, micro movement and larger fluid movements. 

And finally, I have no experience in working with individuals with the following disabilities – auditory, visual and mental. It is easier for me to say that my classes are not suitable for such individuals, however, I would like to be receptive to all possibilities. A phone or email exchange could be arranged with potential participants with these disabilities to explain the process of the class and to learn what limitations might come up from their end. Through the discussion it would be easier to know what is possible and not. If I cannot support such individuals at this point in time, through conversations with them, perhaps I can develop a consciousness and way of teaching for at a later date.

BIO // Linda Rabin brings to her teaching 50 years of experience in the fields of dance, movement education, coaching and directing. In her earlier professional life she was a choreographer, dance teacher and co-founder of l’École de danse contemporaine de Montréal (founded in 1981). In the 1990’s Linda turned her attention to somatic education and became a certified practitioner of Body-Mind Centering®, and an authorized teacher of Continuum, the practice that is at the heart of her teaching today. As an international Continuum workshop leader, Linda teaches in her native Montreal, in Canada, Europe and Asia. She shares her life’s passion with people from all walks of life: movement both as art and healing, as a way of life knowledge and spiritual practice. lindarabin.com

For more information about Continuum see: www.continuumteachers.com