Combining Disciplines for Creative Performance

Taught by K.J. Holmes

July 2228, 2018

This workshop brings together the somatic studies of Body-Mind Centering®, ideokinesis, and other release techniques, as well as yoga, dance, contact/improvi­sation, voice and theater studies. It will offer students the opportunity to discover the innate wisdom of the body for creative performance. Basic anatomy and phys­iology expand our range of choice and the quality of movement and voice and enable us to make the in­visible visible. Our investigations will include the ex­ternal space, time and place, using the environ­ment of Bearnstow as the landscape of the imagi­nation.

Through improvisation and composition we will explore musicality and phrasing, how the senses influence and motivate our movement choices, and how we craft time and space. We will explore and work in all of Bearnstow—forest, lake, paths, cabins, weather. There will be time each day for an early morning yoga class, group sessions, and individual time for exploring and developing material. And there will be time to wander in the wonder of Bearnstow for research and relaxation. Each student will be required to keep a journal of activities, experiences, observations, and thoughts. The time at Bearnstow will be very much about the unfolding of each participant’s imagination and the shaping and crafting of it as we absorb the influence of each other and all that is the nature of Bearnstow.

K.J. Holmes, independent dance artist, singer, poet, actor and teacher based in Brook­lyn, N.Y., has helped to define, first as a student and now as a teacher and performer, many contemporary improvisational practices, studying with Andre Bernard and colla­borating with forerunners Simone Forti, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson and Image Lab and Steve Paxton. K.J. is a graduate of the 2-year Sanford Meisner acting training (Esper Studio with master teacher Terry Knickerbocker (200809), Satya Yoga (Sondra Loring 2007) and The School for Body-Mind Centering (199599), of which the play between is essential to her current practices. A sought-after teacher of improvisation and somatic approaches to dance, theater and voice, K.J. has a private practice in Dynamic Align­ment and Re-inte­gration. She travels nationally and internationally teaching and per­forming at universities, festivals and venues that range from theaters to site-specific locations to living rooms. She is adjunct faculty at NYU/Experimen­tal Theatre Wing since 2001, Julliard and teaches through Movement Research since 1986 (A.I.R 201214). K.J. has performed with Miguel Gutierrez and the Powerful People, Emily Johnson/Catalyst, Mark Dendy, Lance Gries, Melinda Ring, and is continuing to develop her piece HIC SVNT DRACONES.

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The 2017 K.J. Holmes Workshop

Top row: Ellen Oliver, Angie Cole, Kayt MacMaster, & Ruth Grauert; 2nd row: Lindsay Hopkins, Tori Lancaster, Marc Ferarro, Kristen Stake, and Nitzia Vieyra; 3rd row: Carrie Drapac,
Precious Jennings, Molly Hess, K.J. Holmes, Johanna Meyer, & Katharine Birdsall; Front row:
Divyamaan Sahoo, Chaesong Kim, Mario Hernández, Owen Prum, & Clara Chapin Hess