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Movement Workshop with Brian Solomon

Resource Centre For The Arts
Event organized by Resource Centre For The Arts

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Movement Workshop 1
LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria Street, St. John's
Wednesday, April 18th @ 1 PM

Movement Workshop 2
LSPU Hall, 3 Victoria Street, St. John's
Friday, April 20th @ 11 AM

Registration Fee: $35 per class, or $50 for both.
Registration fee is waived for individuals who self-identify as Indigenous. Fees help to cover Festival operating costs.

The class aims to turn on all of the body’s senses, discovering a state from which the body can move that is ‘awakened’.
This ‘awakened-state’ is the place from which our bodies are intended to move.
It’s where economy of effort and peak performance are the same.
This state is achieved by first raising our awareness of how our body and its functions have come been colonized in our lifetimes; colonized by the jobs we work, our notions of gender, the concrete we live in and so on.
From this state of consciousness, we will investigate maximizing the body’s abilities.
We awaken all our senses in the warm up – paying particular attention to the functions of the senses we don’t normally associate with movement. We tap into the body’s instinctive awareness of semiotics as one large communicating body.
Our bodies are ancient, and we are meant to be in communication with this.
We find shapes in the body through semiotics.
We jump without impact.
We cut like a knife without cracking the handle.
The class progresses to exciting, ‘awakened-virtuosic’ and boundary-pushing movement phrases that will leave you feeling heavily worked while maintaining a vessel to last you 200 hundred years. We will create a substantial choreography collectively in this way. Traditional, Pow Wow, Martial Arts, Release, Street Dance and Classical forms are all
commonly drawn from within the class.

electric moose is the creative umbrella for the work of brian solomon.

solomon is of anishinaabe and irish descent, born in the remote community of shebahonaning / killarney, located in the manitoulin district of northern ontario, canada. the bedrock in the area is among the oldest on earth. there are white mountains of quartz, silica and granite. there are clean bodies of fresh water the size of seas in every direction. animals, plants and humans have thrived in the region since before the ice age, and solomon’s ancestors have been on that land a very long time. this immense fortune he was born into informs his work greatly. these were his first teachers.

solomon followed first in the tradition of visual art in the region – the surrounding lands are one of the birthplaces of eastern woodland art, and many contemporary artists are drawn here to practice. he began his visual art practice learning from some of these artists. while working as a portrait artist in his teenage years in sudbury ontario, solomon discovered theatre, traditional and contemporary dance. he moved to toronto to train at the school of toronto dance theatre, and later received a masters in performance from the laban centre (uk). solomon then performed in dance and theatre for dozens of creators from across canada, the us and europe, earning several dora and gemini award nominations.

as a creator his work is multidisciplinary, raw, challenging and present. he has created a community work with over 40 interpreters, solos in trees, and animated installations of landfill. solomon’s work has toured nationally and internationally. it has been presented at the art gallery of ontario, the mcmichael canadian art collection, toronto’s harbourfront centre and ngbk – neue gesellschaft für bildende kunst berlin. a co-creation with german visual artist judy ross on their film "the filmmaker", won best prize for experimental film at watch out! film festival in macedonia. solomon was also a recipient of a reveal indigenous arts award from the hnatyshyn foundation.

he has taught his practice in numerous shelters, friendship centres, dance and theatre companies and in universitie. solomon is passionate about helping people relearn about their forgotten bodies, and take back the space those bodies occupy.