PAST class

Witchcraft – A Corporeal Practice

iele paloumpis

10:00am – 12:00pm
Tuesdays & Thursdays, June 7, 2016
Gibney Dance at 280 Broadway

280 Broadway (Enter at 53A Chambers Street) New York, NY 10007

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Several years ago I began experiencing changes in my health and body that shifted the ways I approach dance and daily life. Without concrete answers from doctors or various bodyworkers, I began looking to witchcraft and earth-based rituals as somatic practices of integration, acceptance and healing. I’ve also been thinking a lot about how all bodies – whether elderly, disabled, or otherwise “different” – can enter into dance. For this workshop, we will look to astrology and the lunar calendar, as well as our own unique and defiant bodies, to generate restorative movement. Come with an awareness of something you might like to shed, heal and/or embrace.

This workshop is for anyone interested in connecting to their bodies. There will be time to improvise and make movement, but mostly I want to make sure folks get whatever they want out of this workshop. If dancing or improvising feels intimidating/not right in the moment, participants can engage in other equally valid ways (i.e.: through writing, drawing, observing etc). Generally, I will encourage everyone to take part in a group improvisation/movement practice (simply because I think feeling our bodies in motion is so important), but this can manifest in multiple ways and it’s totally at your discretion. Overall, the goal during this workshop is to tune into our bodies in whatever ways feel good to us as individuals.

On June 9th the Sun will be in Gemini and the Waxing Moon will be in Leo. We will explore themes that are in alignment with these transits such as communication, will, ego, being in relationship, and finding balance between the head and the heart. We’ll also focus our healing energy on Gemini and Leo ruled body parts such as the hands, lungs, and nervous system (Gemini), and the heart, thoracic spine, spleen and aorta (Leo).

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iele paloumpis

iele paloumpis is a dance artist, educator, intuitive healer, and death doula. their healing work is rooted in kinesthetic awareness, Tarot, herbal medicine, and some astrological know-how – all within a trauma-informed framework that centers so...