2 / Skinner Releasing Technique™
In the frame of Winter Tanz 2015-16
Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT)™ is an innovative approach to dance and movement training, developed by Joan Skinner. It is designed to ease tension by promoting effortless moving and integrated alignment of the whole self. The teaching strongly draws on guided imagery and hands-on partner studies, supporting an experiential understanding of both the technical and the creative process in movement. It engages many layers that are involved when we dance and create, inside as well as outside. Softening, noticing and allowing are some of the main areas of practice in Skinner Releasing (other than release), that support action into newness. Softening supports the releasing of strength through efficiency and responsiveness. Allowing encourages listening, to one's own dancing first. This way we can become more available. In the technical work and in creating dances, directing and allowing are side by side, as are stillness and action, receptivity and fierceness.
Lily Kiara is a dance artist and singer/songwriter, based in Amsterdam, NL. She has been making performances since 1990. She is currently working on her new project 'Field of Disappearance' (worktitle). Other recent work is SAYA IKAN / I AM A FISH, with live music by Michael Moore. Other collaborations have been with a.o. Julyen Hamilton, Eva Karczag (dance), Felicity Provan, Michael Vatcher (music) and Ellen Knops (lights). Poetry and stillness are at the heart of her attention. She has trained and worked in European countries, USA, Australia and Indonesia, mainly in Improvisation, Martial Arts and Skinner Releasing. She has been teaching workshops since 1996 and is a certified Skinner Releasing teacher since 2001. Lily Kiara has been teaching at independent studios, festivals and art institutions in Seattle, Austin, Melbourne, Perth, Athens, Helsinki, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Berlin, Potsdam, and Cologne. Lily Kiara formed her own band The RIVER and produces cds on her label for music and poetry Sibyl Sings. In 2015 she toured the USA with the International Songwriters Collective. Two new albums are in the making, one with The RIVER, The SWIM SESSIONS and a solo album to be released by ZIP Records. www.lilykiara.nl