Upcoming Workshops

Moments to celebrate our animalness, our humanness, our larger sense of God,

moments when we touch each other deeply in a moment of laughter.”

Richard Pochinko

 May Workshops 2017

Special discounts for: 2 workshops: $50.00 off:   3 workshops: $75.00 off

1/ Merry Moving Month Of May April 24, May 1, 8, 15;

Mondays 6:30 -8:30.  Get your body dancing for spring, each class features a different somatic experience.

2/ Clowning Around 3: April 26, May 3, 10, 17. 

Wednesdays 6:30-9:30. Using frolic and fun, deepen your comic/clown

3/ SourceWork:Viewpoints our moving selves

May 15-19, 10am-2pm.  Dovercourt House 3rd floor, 805 Dovercourt Rd.

The workshop will be divided into 2 sections: one the internal, personal response to our impulses (solo work) and the second will be responding to the outer world of each other and the space (influenced).

4/ Sunday Kinetics at Esther Myers: Sunday May 28,  2-5pm.  $60.00. 

Esther Myers Yoga Studio,  390 Dupont St.

Lying on soft balls as you release tight hips and tense thighs.

5/ BODY WILDERNESS, The Clown Farm, Manitoulin Island

July 29- August 2, 2017, Saturday -Wedensday, 10am-5pm,  $395.00

1/ Merry Moving Month of May

 April 24, May 1, 8, 15; Mondays 6:30-8:30pm; $75.00, drop-in: $25.00

Studio A, Toronto Dance Theatre Studios, 80 Winchester St/Parliament

“The awakened body takes initiatives, is no longer content to receive or to’ put up with’. 

When we live in our body, we give body to our life.” Therese Bertherat

Get your body dancing for spring. Each class will focus on a different movement technique to rejuvenate mobility, release joints and muscles, rehydrate fascia, rebalance bones and relieve pain and stiffness. All classes will end with Authentic Movement to consolidate all those moving parts into your amazing dancing body. Handouts and equipment available for a small fee.

April 24: Bodymind Ballwork by Ellen Saltonstall. You choose the body part!!

May 1   : Melt Method (noodle stuff)by Sue Hitzmann, plus hands and foot balls (short versions)

May 8   : Feldenkrais, Tom Hanna’s version of Somatics

May 15 : Super Subtle Somatics: Gentle and effective exercises and stretches for shoulders, hips and knees.

2/ Clowning Around

Using frolic and fun, deepen your comic/clown

‘Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.’ Victor Borge

April 26, May 3, 10 & 17  Wednesdays (4 classes) from 6:30 – 9:30 PM

$130.00 (no drop-ins) TDT studios, 80 Winchester St/Parliament.

To register: michaelwilsonthompson@ gmail.com or Fiona at filogriff@yahoo.ca.

This course will include warm-ups, group games and interactions, scenes and solo work. Each class will feature movement techniques: breathing, ball work, Melt, and exercises to prepare the body/mind to move and increase the physical range of the performer. There will be group work to deepen clown and comic and tasks given to create scenes which will lead into solo work. Turns/stand up/jokes/ fantastic spaces are encouraged for those working on stage pieces. Preparing a performance practice will also be part of this series. Previous clown and comedy experience required. The work covered will also be dictated by the needs and desires of the group.


3/ SourceWork: Viewpoints; our moving selves

May 15-19, 10am-2pm, $200.00

Dovercourt House 3rd floor, 805 Dovercourt Rd.

In all the body disciplines ‘call and response’ is an essential element of the performative experience. There is an inner and personal kinaesthetic impulse that feeds the outer expressive response. That response encompasses space, shape, and time; covering all aspects of the performing experience. The workshop will be divided into 2 sections: one the internal, personal response to our impulses (solo work) and the second will be responding to the outer world of each other and the space (influenced).

The first part features a somatic practice preparing bodies for movement; using Kinetics, MELT, Feldenkrais, Body Mind Centreing, etc. We then enter the world of personal movement exploration through Authentic Movement, rivers and Mary Overlie’s SSTEMS (space, shape, time, emotion, story). The second half of the course features the 9 Viewpoints by Anne Bogart; and plays with various ways to respond to the influence of each other and the space through locomotion, shape, text or song. This enables scenes and stories to be created spontaneously, folding in and out of the work.

 “….the lesson is how to make it live, how to make it breathe…

The viewpoints training asks us to stay awake inside of a structure”  D.Mather. 

Please join us for Our Moving Selves to explore and experiment together, informing the performing experience with these essential and timeless skills. This week-long workshop is open to professional artists from all performing disciplines. No drop-ins svp.

$200.00  Payment can be made by E-Transfer to jenniferdallas@ kemiprojects.ca OR by cheque payable to Kemi Contemporary Dance Projects:159 Dundas St East Toronto Ont M5B 0A9 (early bird $150.00 before April 24th)

Don’t let financial restrictions be a barrier to joining us. Contact Jennifer Dallas if you are interested in an energy exchange opportunity to support up to 25% of the cost.

4/ Sunday Kinetics at Esther Myers: Sunday May 28,  2:-5pm,

Release tight hips and tense thighs.  $60.00

Pre-registration and pre-payment are required for all yoga workshops and special events. Mail a cheque to Esther Myers Yoga Studio, 390 Dupont St., Toronto, M5R1V9, ON, Canada, or call 416 944 0838 and leave your credit card details. Email info@estheryoga.com (please do not include credit card information).

Kinetic Awareness, developed by Elaine Summers of Judson Church Dance Theatre, offers movement education, experiential anatomy, skeletal re-alignment, injury and chronic pain relief and major stress reduction. It is an essential tool in connecting with the somato-sensory system and in rejuvenating the body/mind. Kinetics is a sensory experience of weight and tension developed through personal observation of proprioceptive and kinaesthetic processes.  Practitioners lie on various sized air-filled balls, massaging soft tissue and exploring anatomy with slow, gentle movements. This work relaxes muscles, quiets the mind, releases joints and allows unwinding of the fascial highway. Kinetics is essential personal movement exploration for professional theatre performers and a joyful corporeal reconnection for everyone.

5/ BODY WILDERNESS, The Clown Farm, Manitoulin Island

July 29- August 2, 2017, Saturday -Wedensday, 10am-5pm,  $395.00

All clowns need access to the sensory, feeling and intuitive bodies to augment interpretation, amplify authenticity, increase performance range and nurture artistic growth. This course will consist of a fun and eclectic mix of techniques to deepen the commitment to the clown and source new material for turns.

“ By becoming aware of our body we give ourselves access to our entire being – of body and spirit, mental and physical and ever strength and weakness, representing not our duality but our unity.” Therese Bertherat