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Active Consent: How Not to Assume - A Special Workshop

Santa Barbara Dance Tribe
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Active Consent: How to Not Assume is a workshop series that brooke smiley has designed in conjunction with Tribe in response to the national dialogue on #metoo and consent, and that will seek to establish a safe space for all to practice dance and restoring permission and safety in movement and touch.

The series is an opportunity for individuals to deepen their awareness of Self and how to relate with Other. It is a learning of how to meet oneself and individuals as unique in the present moment through movement and touch. Guided somatic and embodied movement explorations create space to observe one’s underlying movement patterns and preferences when relating, and facilitate space for choice and authenticity.

The purpose of this series is to create a collective space which values diversity, where participants practice listening to their authentic selves and actively checking in when coming into relationship; the practice of saying no and meaning no, and the practice of saying yes and meaning yes. As we grow as individuals and in community, exploring support and empowerment in shared space, how can we not assume an Other's experience?

Asking permission is a practice. Being asked allows space for choice. Consensual movement and touch is a foundation for embodied learning, safety and fun.

Each of these one-hour workshops will serve as a prelude to the weekly morning Dance Tribe. While it is not required that you attend each workshop to participate, attending the series as a whole is encouraged.

APRIL 22 - SENSING SELF: AUTHENTIC YES AND NO - Initiating a practice of sensing self and our capacity to know, we ask where yes and no come from, exploring the origins and embodied anatomy of this expression. This class asks, “What do I need?”

APRIL 29 - MEETING OTHER: A NEW GOLDEN RULE - Coming into relationship, and honoring each individual as unique, we explore a somatic and cultural re-organization of the golden rule: Treat others how they wish to be treated. This class initiates, “How do I meet Other?”

MAY 6 - IN RELATIONSHIP: MEETING VS. MERGING - Exploring the variance in meeting Other, participants discover play, choice, and boundaries to support greater growth in themselves. Consensual movement and touch explores meeting vs. merging, with verbal scales of more and less. This final class asks, “How in meeting Other do I learn more about myself?”

Workshop: $15, Workshop + Tribe: $25, Whole Series: $40, Whole Series + Tribe: $70

About the facilitator brooke smiley: brooke is an international dance artist and somatic educator teaching at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her work engages a deepening of awareness in the body, with a dedicated practice of embodied movement research in educational, choreographic and healing capacities. With a strong background in earth architecture and indigenous justice, brooke held dances at Standing Rock and returns to researching the role of women in ceremonial dances at the Osage Nation this spring. She received a Masters of Arts in Performance Studies with Distinction from TrinityLaban in London. And toured extensively in Europe and Australia, creating and performing new work with Fabulous Beast Dance Theater of Ireland, Ventura Dance Company of Zurich, and Michael Clark Company ofLondon. brooke earned her BFA from CalArts and is a graduate of California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture. She recently led reconstructions of Anna Halprin’s seminal protest piece The Paper Dance and Simone Forti’s Huddle and Slantboard, with performances at UCSB, TrinityLaban, New York Public Library, Hunter College and CalEarth. Brooke is studying as a Somatic Movement Educator (SME) from Body-Mind Centering® and will be hosting the conference at UCSB in August 2019. Her newest earth work Permission to Heal is downtown State Street as part of the 2018 State of the Art Gallery Exhibition in Santa Barbara.