Workshop 24 & 25 Feb 2018

Denna workshoppen är inte en del av KI-Göteborg, men vi tipsar om den ändå. Workshoppen är på Spinn och vårt jam är på Kviberg.

Blood, Sea: salty, fluid dances

with Nicole Bindler (Philadelphia, USA)

This Contact Improvisation workshop is inspired by several threads that are explored in Body-Mind Centering: our evolution from the ocean to land, our ontogenetic journey from the amniotic sea of the womb to adulthood, and the embodied anatomy of the fluids, which can inspire and support our movement.

The title is drawn from the writing of Italo Calvino. His short story, “Blood, Sea” refers to the balance of salinity in our blood and in the ocean from which we humans evolved: “Bathed by the primordial wave which continues to flow in the arteries, our blood in fact has a chemical composition analogous to that of the sea of our origins.” As we evolved into terrestrial beings, we brought the sea inside of us onto land.

The arterial blood swirls out toward the distal parts of the body and has a repetitive, pulsing rhythm. The venous blood whorls back toward the heart and has a wavelike rhythm. The place where the arterial and venous capillaries meet is called the isoring, a resting place between coming and going. Through balancing this inward and outward flow and finding the meeting place of stillness, we can move with more facility between solo dancing, meeting others, and sharing weight.

This workshop will also explore polarities as they manifest in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid, which are the heaviest and lightest fluids in the body. In utero the blood forms in the yolk sac in the front, and the cerebrospinal fluid arises from the amniotic fluid in the back. Within these two fluids we can find opposition and balance between front / back, inner / outer, gravity / space, folding / extending, rolling / sloughing, and underdancer / overdancer. The transitions between these poles are nonlinear and take us into spiral pathways.

Nicole Bindler’s performance work has been presented throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, and in Berlin, Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, Mexico City, and Quito. Her dances have been supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Leeway Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Ellen Forman Memorial Award. Bindler holds a BA in Dance and Poetry from Hampshire College, a degree in Muscular Therapy from the Muscular Therapy Institute, and certificates in Embodied Anatomy Yoga, Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga, and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering ® from the School for Body-Mind Centering ®. She has taught Somatics and Improvisation at Temple University, University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania. Her writing has been published in Critical Correspondence, Contact Quarterly, Emergency Index by Ugly Duckling Presse, Jewish Currents, BMC ® Currents, Curate This, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, and thINKingDANCE. Bindler is a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council and is the Founder and Director of The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice.


Saturday 09:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00, Sunday 09:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 16:00


SEK 300 – 900 on a sliding scale according to your income. For example, if you are unemployed and are just about making ends meet, pay 300; if you have a job but it’s not well paid, or part-time, pay 600; if you have a decent income, pay 900.


Danskompaniet Spinn’s Studio, Järntorget 7, 413 04 Göteborg.


To reserve your place, please first contact Daniel Mang at, then transfer the full fee to the following account:

Account holder: Daniel Mang

Account number: 3188310

Clearing number: 9272

IBAN: SE2592700000092723188310


Bank: ICA Banken AB, Svetsarvägen 16, 171 41 Solna, Sweden

Don’t forget to put your name and what the payment is for (“WS Feb 18”) in the payment reference.

Or swish to 0765973209.

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