Radical Reciprocity: Wildly Expressive earthBODYment Artivism
Join Bronwyn Preece for a weekend radical earthBODYment intensive on Lasqueti Island, BC, Canada
— arriving Friday, August 18 and leaving Sunday, August 20 late afternoon. $250 (Canadian) includes workshop, all meals, camping and transportation on Lasqueti.*
How do we tune into our sensuous experiences with the other-than-human world and creatively engage and express them through a radical reciprocity? How does site-specific deep improvisation: an arts-based corporeal process of exploration of interconnection, translate to a vitally potent politics? In the current politically and ecologically fraught era, what might gathering together on an off-the-grid island in Traditional Straits Salish Territory with artistic intention and focus — birth in ourselves and with/for others? Where are our borders in these ?wild? times?!
earthBODYment incorporates solo and whole group processes: movement, sound, language, collaborative writing and painting practices, music, yarn ?bombing? and other creative manifestations of presence and resonance with the places we find ourselves in.
~The workshop will take place at a variety of site-specific locations around the island~
The workshop will begin with an evening session on Friday night. Sunday morning?s session will begin pre-sunrise. Days will be full.
Participants are asked to bring appropriate clothing for walking and working in the forest and on the shore, a headlamp, waterbottle, journal, costume elements and musical instruments, if possible.
Participants need to bring their own tent and sleeping bags for camping (indoor accommodations are possible, at extra expense). Please be aware that Lasqueti Island is an off-the-grid, rugged environment with limited infrastructure and a highly sensitive ecosystem? please be prepared for ?roughing? it: with gorgeous ocean views.
earthBODYment is inspired by Bronwyn?s extensive training, and as a teacher, of Action Theater? for more than 17 years (studying with Ruth Zaporah); her work with Deep Ecologist Joanna Macy (the Work that Reconnects); her work with Butoh dance; her community-engaged Applied Theatre work; her own extensive explorations with embodied and expressive activism, and her more recent work with La Pocha Nostra?and a host of other movement and radical arts based modalities.
*Arrival and Departure from Lasqueti: Depending on the number of participants, a chartered water taxi may be arranged for from French Creek, Vancouver Island on the Friday: taking you directly to the South End, closer to the location for workshop. However these details will not be known until closer to the time. Otherwise, participants will arrive on the 2:30 ferry on Friday from French Creek, and will depart on the Sunday 4:00 ferry from Lasqueti. Please note that the above price does not include transportation costs to and from Lasqueti. Coordiantion is key as Lasqueti Island has limited passenger-only ferry access, and limited on-island transporation options. Arrangements may be made to arrive earlier and leave later, to be discussed with Bronwyn.
?I am full of gratitude for the other day. You have such a beautiful ability to give space, and to offer ample space for us to be. How powerful to speak to us about our choices being perfect. I have only ever rarely seen that degree of honouring our nature and potential in any tradition. You are a gem and a revolutionary and inspiring leader.?
~ Mariko Ihara, earthBODYment participant
?Bronwyn?s workshops/exercises were raw and unconventional; engaging all aspects of our being in spawning individual/collective expression. It gave me a shiver of excitement each time before the class as I really didn?t know what to expect. I love those scary unknown places and the challenges proposed because there is no choice but to show up! Bronwyn skillfully directs and facilitates the work while stepping aside to allow participants to dive into the depth of their own experiences.?
-Thomas Loh, Nelson, earthBODYment participant (from 2014 Leviathan intensive)
“Bronwyn is such an elegant, feminine, powerful artist and facilitator. I was blown away her presence and her self assuredness to give me (us) the space to fully trust in her process and to experience a wonderful workshop.”
~Joanna Bond, earthBODYment participant (Penpynfarch Studio, Wales, 2015)
Bronwyn Preece is a site-specific, improvisational performer, poet, author, visual and walking eARThist. She is currently pursuing her PhD: using site-specific improvisation to explore the overlaps between ecology and disability. She holds an MA and BFA in Applied Theatre. She is the pioneer of earthBODYment and became Canada?s first certified teacher of Action Theater?. She is the author of ?In the Spirit of Homebirth: Modern Women, An Ancient Choice? (2015), ?Gulf Islands Alphabet? (2012), and of the ?Off-The-Grid Kid?, among other publications. All of Bronwyn?s work focuses on connection to place and interdependence ? interrogating the dichotomies between culture and nature, self and environment. Highlights include performing at World Stage Design in Wales (in an outdoor edible set), at Women?s Caucus for Art in NYC, with Kokoro Dance in three of their Wreck Beach Butoh performaces; and performing with the La Pocha Nostra international winter school in Mexico. She facilita
tes workshops internationally and works with communities and within classrooms to engage with timely issues through the arts. She served two terms in local politics as the youngest woman ever elected to her post with the Islands Trust, the municipal level government for the Gulf Islands of BC (2002-2008). Learn more about Bronwyn at www.bronwynpreece.com <http://www.bronwynpreece.com/>