Beyond the confines of prescriptive movement and socialization we may discover a body in revolt, a body longing for regeneration. We will use breathwork, meditative visualizations, and physical contact to engage and open the bodies energetic centers. Through collective movement, poetic explorations and imagery, we will provoke, activate and exchange in order to liberate the subconscious imagination and open the untamed body.
Through the support of our deeply collective inquiry and ritual, we will search for new passageways amongst our bones… pulling out threads from the darkness, we invite our fragility, call our wildness, flaunt our absurdity, and flirt with the sublime.
Our bodies become a canvas for the brush strokes of life–we become both the rose and the fingers which pluck its petals. As we place simple yet profound images within our own body-minds we truly become a microcosm of the greater universe. Our journey becomes one of individual and collective myth. We come to know ourselves dancing between the fleeting speck of nothing and the vastness of infinity.
Ritual Dance and the seeds of Butoh invite us to connect with our bodies as doorways to the deep imagination. Just as the wind moves the limbs of a tree, we cultivate the poetry of our inner world which begins to move our own bodies. In this sense, the form and aesthetic of our dance evolves more from the authenticity of the bridge created between our inner and outer worlds. We will use the cultivation of the breath, opening of the joints, chakras and other gates/centers of the body as a way to revitalize our core energetic capacities and elemental qualities. The space of collective ritual becomes the container through which we can liberate, differentiate and integrate these archetypal and creative forces.
We will use multiple lenses including our relationship to gender and/or queerness, our animality, and the other-worldly, as an approach to the deconstruction of our own expression. From this vantage we can engage with the assumptions that have become the masks and drag of our own lives not as rigid structures, but as a creative acts that exists within both the personal and archetypal realms. As we do so they transform from being oppressive boundaries to empowered choices, and give us clues to our own authenticity. As we touch the edges in our bodies, our art, and our lives, we open equal portals in affecting change in the outside world.
More About Christopher
Christopher Mankowski (BA in Performance and Psychology) is dedicated to the potential of art and ritual as a means to psychological, social and spiritual dialogue and transformation. They are currently obsessed with drag as an artistic and social tool to create dialogue around identity and expression; with how living song can open and transmit the essence of who we are beyond shape, form and thought; and how noguchi taiso and the poetry of a body of water can weave harmony into our cells. They recently began new solo research and performance project “Eve’s Revenge,” through The Workcenter of Jerzy Grotowski and Thomas Richards, have studied butoh extensively in Japan and have been touring and teaching internationally since 2009. Since 2012 they have been the international coordinator and disciple of Body-Ritual-Movement facilitator and master teacher, Diego Piñón. They are currently attending Meridian University for their PhD in Psychology.