Sarah Ledbetter is a dancing writer and a body-based psychotherapist whose work has been presented or published nationally and internationally at such cool spots and publications as the Sans Souci Festival of Dance Film, the Berlin Black Film Festival, Earthdance E|Merge Interdisciplinary Arts Residency, the Body Mind Centering Conference, floromancy, Fourth River, Right Hand Pointing, and R and R Literary Magazine. Her main interest is how the fiesta of being in a body flows reciprocally into creative, social, site-specific, and therapeutic process. She is currently based in Nashville, Tennessee and Skull Valley, Arizona where her body-based creative and psychotherapeutic practice is anchored and winged.
Imagine for a second that you’re in a mosh pit or on a crowded subway – does this exhilarate you? Gross you out? Do you miss it or do you secretly dread the “return to normal” (whatever that is, whenever that may be?) Or perhaps it’s all of that – a swirl of desire and anxiety with contact is perhaps a defining feature of the mammalian class. So much focus on the distance between our bodies has left what happens WITHIN the “six foot life preserver” neglected.
CONTACT (more or less) is an experiment and an exploration of contact--wanting more, wanting less, and playing with what’s actually already here in our own breathable bubbles. This playful, immersive, and also restful workshop will accompany participants through embodied awareness practices, contact improvisation scores for beginners, and experiments with social space as it intersects with the imagination, on a mercurial quest to reclaim our very own kind of contact with the life that is already here.
The 6 weeks of discovery are organized a bit like nesting bowls. We’ll start with the most granular of questions and move out to more subtle and spacious ones, each layer containing and holding the prior ones and building towards a big state of wonder about what it means to share ourselves with one another – our weight, our momentum, and our moment – across the vastness that now connects us.
Week One: How round is the earth--in your experience?
Week Two: Rebound/bouncy boundaries: where do you end and I begin?
Week Three: Introversion Inversion: What’s wrong with being shy??
Week Four: Inner volumes and Outer Space/Alien intelligence?
Week Five: Languid Language in the Chaise Lounge
Week Six: Adult Swim: Advancing a constant operative of discovery
DATES: October 16, 23, 30, Nov 6 & 13 (6 Sessions)
TIME: Saturdays 3-4:30pm EST
TUITION: $350 Early Bird Registration before Sept 27
(please contact us for sliding scale tuition options)
Image Credit: Jeri B. Ledbetter, "BLANCHE, mixed media, 2021".