‘Bringing the Dancing Heart Home’
A Creativity, Movement and Imagination a retreat for Elders May 2019.
Details to follow…
A movement and creative process retreat
May 24th – 27th 2018 3pm-3pm
This retreat is open to all who are curious about learning from their own body and imagination.
There is an inherent grace that appears in movement when we begin to source and trust our own dance. It’s a delicate mix of our history, biography, and gravity responses. We will find ways into ‘play’ that encourage dialogues between our sensation and our imagination.
Through structured improvisations we will give value to trusting the unknown and in turn the unknowable dances that can appear as a resource for us. A way to begin is usually to slow down just enough so that we can begin to sense what wants to move within us, like archeology, we slowly see what appears as we uncover what has been hidden.
The movement work is supported by other art forms such writing, drawing, and some use of images and objects as a way to ground and expand our perspectives.
We will spend time both inside and outside in the beautiful grounds of Felinganol.
Cain Performance group to launch “gwanwyn’ festival celebrating creativity in older people.
Showing Of Anna Halprin’s film Breath Made Visible on 21 st May @ 19.30
Cai Tomos- received a Creative Wales Award for a new research Project ‘Autobiographical Body’ Research project will begin May 2014. Mae Cai Tomos wedi derbyn gwobr gymry greadigol gan cyngor celfyddydau cymru am brosiect newydd ‘y Corff hunangofianol’ bydd y gwaith yn cychwyn Mai 2014.
Review ‘Describing piece’ @ the Place 8th Feb 2014.
Heading back into the theatre after the requisite interval, I was ready to be dazzled, and Cai Tomos’ Describing Piece was just the ticket. Tomos stands with his back to us as a film trailer voiceover booms over the darkness, describing the dance with satiric gravitas. ‘Something meaningful is about to happen’ the voice intones, as Tomos peeks over his shoulder to catch a glimpse of the crowd, and his Mum. In fact, the show is based on a conversation with his mother, relayed to us via the trailer voice: ‘I don’t understand dance’, Mum says. ‘Mum, there is nothing to understand’, replies Tomos. Later, over much vocal hilarity from the audience and the soaring strains of Vivaldi, Tomos stares and reaches into the distance, while the voiceover explains the movement’s possible interpretations: ‘Arguing with God / Taking down a duvet because a friend is staying’. Performed to perfection, Describing Piece lit up the stage, completely captivating the tickled audience.
I’ve lost count of the times I’ve tried to convince dance non-believers that you don’t have to ‘understand’ dance in order to enjoy it. Now all I have to do is direct them to Cai Tomos’s Describing Piece, a video of which should be available in the foyer of every dance theatre. Former Earthfall performer Tomos’s solo, acutely observed and very, very funny, deconstructs every dance cliché in the book, from meaningful looks at the audience to running in circles shirtless, laying bare the tricks designed to make dance look deep and meaningful. As Vivaldi’s Four Seasons ebbed and flowed, a voiceover put the charismatic Tomos through this paces, offering a beginner’s guide to dance gestures: raising his arms to the sky, Tomos could be angry with God. On the other hand he could be flying a kite. Dedicated to Tomos’s Mum (who doesn’t understand dance), Describing Piece is a mini-masterpiece that sidesteps cheap mockery and springs from a deep affection for Tomos’s chosen art-form. ‘Sometimes,’ he confides, ‘Being alive is about dancing.’
Image of self portraits at Winter workshop with Anna Halprin.
@ the Place as part of Resolution 25th Year anniversary.
Saturday 8th February 2014 8pm