The Embodied life art program is a pioneering somatic dance program offering experiential practice for the integration of knowledge through improvisation.

  • The body, as a whole intelligent organism, is the focal point and the departure for learning.
  • Pivotal for this training is movement research, exploring sensorial perception, self development and applied somatic in performance.
  • ELAP approaches composition from the body systems that have their own unique manifestation and organization of space and time.
  • It offers the opportunity to study instant composition as a performance skill and a way to navigate in life.
  • ELAP is an uncovering process unlike mainstream dance practices.
  • Imagination is rooted in the body supporting and feeding the 3 pillars: embodied practice – creative process – performative body. 
  • The pedagogical approach is facilitating a context for students to be autonomous and own their own process.
  • This program is a lens through which to look at ones growth, the dance practice is used as a way to get in contact with ones deep nature and observe patterns in order to stimulate a dialogue between art practice and life, supporting a process of integration.THE PROGRAM
    ELAP develops in 7 modules, each having a specific topic and consisting of 3 main pillars:
  • 1. embodied practice: somatic based study and exploration through hands-on, experiential anatomy, reflection
  • 2. creative process: tap into the creative practice through moving, observing, reflecting and integrating this back into the practice
  • 3. performative body: engage into instant composition as a practice of creating form in a performative setting through performing, watching and reading the composition. 

    The trajectory and order of modules have been created with great care. We aim for a group that intent to follow the full program and order; taking around 2,5 years. However it is possible to enroll in the trajectory, only under attention of the teachers. Module 7 can only be taken when finished 1 to 6.Module 1 Topic: Pelvis and Psoas.
    The pelvis is the main engine of our movement: the understanding of its anatomy and functions is crucial for generating and sustaining movement as well as presence. The iliopsoas muscle plays a vital role, influencing our physical and emotional body.

    Module 2 Topic: Fascia and Space
    The fascia or connective tissue is a layer covering and connecting our whole body, which plays a great role in our alignment and in the use of our intuition and imagery. Widening and integrating the body as a whole inner-landscape we will address and investigate the topic of space as the outer-landscape.

    Module 3 Topic: Flesh in relation to Breath and Voice.
    The flesh gives volume to our body allowing to experience its tridimensionality and giving depth to our movement and the way we perceive our dancing body. The relation to breath and voice will support and widen the range of the investigation, opening up new windows in the personal and artistic development.

    Module 4 Topic:  Spine in relation to Time.
    The spine is the articulated bone structure which connects head, torso and pelvis. Articulation of movement can be explored and deepen through the understanding of its anatomy and function. Its verticality and rhythmically supports the understanding of time, supporting a further development into dance phrasing.

    Module 5 Topic: Bones in Space and Time.
    When seeing the bones as our skeletal structure that is alive, which can breath and renew itself constantly, we can gain a great insight in the use of our body in space, time and the musicality of its dance.

    Module 6 Topic: Blood circulation.
    The blood circulation is a cyclic system of the blood pumping away from the heart, transforming as it travels, reaching to the whole of the body through different and further channels, coming back to the heart to complete its cycle. This 2 ways system from and to the heart and its vital function of giving and receiving as a whole complete cycle is a complex yet essential system that can give us great insight about our individual dance, way of interaction and performative skills.

    Module 7: Applied and Integrated knowledge.
    This module is dedicated to the integration and application of the knowledge in the specific form/context/field chosen by the student.
    Each student will engage in his/her own project that can develop within any chosen medium, connected to their field of interest, which will be shared in a final presentation. (This can be for example a performance, an exposition, writing of a book, a workshop within their field of expertise, or a combination)

    What it offers:

    ELAP offers a frame and a ground to learn skills and to develop oneself towards a dance practice which is embedded and integrated with one’s life.
    It holds a vision of dance as a kinesthetic experience and it provides a learning trajectory towards this understanding and embodiment.
    It gives a space and a time to deepen the exploration, find new bodily connections and mature the dance through reflection.
    The program consists of different techniques and approaches, which are mindfully used and integrated to facilitate a complete experience to support a genuine and a deep learning process.

    Participants will be learning about:

    • anatomy
    • different body systems: bones, connective tissue, joints, fluids, glands.
    • contact improvisation
    • body work
    • movement vocabulary
    • voice work
    • theatrical and performance skills
    • interdisciplinary work
    • observation, reflection and articulation