KEVIN O’CONNOR (US) — Scoring fascia: doing biology otherwise

Oct. 1 to 5, 2018– 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Mon.-Fri.)
$75 with the support of *Emploi-Québec (or $110, non-eligible rate)
$17 drop-ins (unless full)
Open to artists of all disciplines / In English
Capacity: 25 people, priority for full week attendance

“Great community. Really appreciated Kevin’s pedagogy. He opens and opens the content like a flower.” (Anonymous)

This is a movement workshop exploring the emergent biological claims of fascia through the performance practice of scoring. The goal is to explore scientific and practitioner-based studies of fascia by putting them into movement. This could be described as kind of training in fascia sense-abilities. I am curious in how art practices can engage with biology to birth bodies that are not timeless and universal, but situated, relational and in process. Can using art methods to engage with emerging biological understanding of the body allow for corpo-realities to emerge that work against the commonly held assumption that, as a result of the accumulation of knowledge grounded in the biological sciences, we are making progress toward a full understanding of the human body?

Kevin O’Connor is a multidisciplinary artist working as a choreographer, dancer, improviser, circus artist and installation artist from Ontario, Canada and now based in the Bay area. He is involved in a decade-long artistic collective exploring participatory de-colonizing performances within polluted watersheds in Ontario. Over the last few years, he has worked with NAKA dance in Oakland, Shakiri and Skywatchers in the Bay Area, Oncogrrrls feminist art collective in Spain, and collaborated with Inuit hunter and designer Paulette Metuq on a project in Nunavut in the Canadian Arctic. He has been learning with the Axis Syllabus community for over a decade and is a biodynamic Cranio Sacral practitioner. He completed an MFA in choreography and is currently finishing a Phd in performance studies at UC Davis. HIs research examines anatomies, body performance capacities, interventions and imaginations in relation to science studies, including the material-bio-cultural tissue called fascia.

All workshops are for professional performing artists. Some require advanced dance training.

Registration – Please contact (514) 393-3771 or at A non-refundable deposit of $20 is required to reserve your spot.

Payments – By check, cash, Paypal or credit card on the phone or in person ($1 to $2 fee)

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

*Emploi-Québec –  With the support of Emploi-Québec. In order to get this rate, participants must be Canadian citizens or permanent resident and live in Québec. Full-time students and social assistance beneficiaries are not eligible to this rate. In case of inadmissibility, you can refer to the non-eligible rate, contact us for questions.

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