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Tools for Play with Hallie Dalsimer


Tools for Play is an attempt to bridge the space between the joy of play and the rigor of technique. To deepen our practice of letting the body lead, while bringing our awareness ever more fully into the present moment of our experience. When we bring the body-mind-spirit awake and online, by being fully where we are, we interrupt our autopilot and come into a more responsive relationship with ourselves, each other, and the space around us. From this place we allow the choreography of the moment to emerge, co-creating it through an unfolding conversation rather than by act of will.

Areas of exploration:
~ moving from listening: finding stillness, sensory awareness
~ space-time dynamics: proximity & distance, pace & timing
~ connection & contact: sharing space, sharing weight
~ movement quality: tone, texture, gravity
~ shapeshifting: character, creature, clown

3-5pm guided instruction and exploration
5-6pm performance practice (optional)

This workshop is open to anybody with a movement practice - those who feel the joy and want to learn more technique, those with technique and a connection to joy, and especially those whose pursuit of technique has disconnected them from joy.

$25-35 sliding scale
Pre-register via PayPal to desirelab.space@gmail.com (please use the “friends” option)
No one turned away for inability to pay


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As a recovering "serious artist" I've spent a number of years in the Dance for Everybody world. It is a beautiful place, and I am grateful for the space to (finally, in my 30s) learn to let go of the drive to prove my artistry, lighten up, and just dance for the joy of it.

Recently however, I find myself increasingly hungry for rigor - the honing of skill and deepening of craft. I want to engage in a group improvisational performance practice centered around the idea of spontaneous composition. I want to find interested folks to join me. Might that be you? This introductory workshop is an opportunity to find out.

I hope you will join me! ~ Hallie