Today: Choreographer Mary Armentrout Offers Workshop @ EMPAC [Berkshire on Stage]
Today (Wednesday, April 12), San Francisco-based choreographer Mary Armentrout will conduct an open workshop at EMPAC at RPI in Troy. Titled From Feldenkrais to GoPro, the event will introduce participants to the Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Education in the context of contemporary media technologies such as the GoPro portable camera. The workshop runs from 5-8pm. Admission is free and open to the public.
The Feldenkrais Method is a system of gentle movement exercises meant to bring conscious attention to the bodily experience. In a traditional therapeutic context, the system is used to treat both physical and mental conditions by improving communication between the body and the brain’s motor cortex. Armentrout uses the Feldenkrais Method to understand everyday movements and environments as she integrates them into her artistic work as a choreographer.
Founding director of Mary Armentrout Dance Theater, Armentrout is currently in residence at EMPAC to develop a new site-specific performance in downtown Troy, along with media artist Ian Winters, composer Evelyn Ficarra and performer Chris Evans. Workshop participants will work with the full group of collaborators to not only learn Fledenkrais technique but to also begin integrating gestures and movement within contemporary media technology, especially the GoPro camera.