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Sarah Hopfinger — Choreographies of Pleasure and Care

Sept. 5th, 2023– 9:30 am to 12:30 pm (Tue.)
Full day : $20
Drop-in class rate : N/A

Language of instruction : English 
Questions can also be asked in : English
Open to artists of all disciplines


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This workshop involves dance practices that focus on care and pleasure in the body. Working with intentions – such as ‘move as a practice of care for your body’ and ‘follow the thread of pleasure’ – this relaxed and welcoming workshop will involve gentle prompts from which to explore your own movement. Movement is improvised in response to the invitations or prompts.

The practices shared in this workshop have been developed by the artist in response to living with chronic pain and her research into what it means to dance with pain. She has developed ways of approaching choreography in response to the questions: What does it mean to collaborate creatively with pain? How can we work creatively with our bodies as they are? What kinds of movement emerge when the intention is to care for your body? 

Sarah Hopfinger will present Pain and I at Festival Quartiers Danses on 6th September, which involves choreographies developed from these practices of care and pleasure. 
More information on Pain and I here: https://www.sarahhopfinger.org.uk/pain-and-i

This workshop is relaxed and open to all dancers with any amount of experience, and it is open to artists from any discipline. The workshop shares movement practices that embrace diverse bodies and disability. Physical contact between participants can occur, but it is not mandatory. All activities are open to participants choosing whether they wish to take part or not. Participants are invited to move in ways that are most caring for their bodies.

Please bring a note book and pen, and wear comfortable clothes.

Dr. Sarah Hopfinger
is a queer-disabled choreographer, performance-maker and researcher. Working across dance, live art and theatre, her work advocates a “crip” politics: embracing and celebrating disability as a valuable site of knowledge. Her practice also focuses on ecological ideas and philosophy. Her work has been presented at national and international Festivals, and performed in renowned theatres, such as Take Me Somewhere, Buzzcut, Manipulate, Rest and Resistance, Battersea Arts Centre, South London Gallery, Tramway and Summerhall.