Y Plas Machynlleth SY20 8ER
JAN 27 & 28
MARCH 16 &17
MAY 25 – 26
JULY 20 – 21
SEPTEMBER 14 -15
NOVEMBER 15- 17 ( 3 DAYS)
Making a SOLO can be a wonderful way of meeting ourselves and uncovering what might be important creatively right now. What might need to be expressed, digested, discarded, transformed.
Making a solo work can be a great enquiry. Its a little like living with a stranger that you get to know intimately over time, learn from and are somehow changed for the better by the act of meeting them. Making a solo is another way of greeting ourselves with some of the deeper creative themes that thread through the fabric of our lives.
The idea is simple, we take a year to travel along together in making our own solo.
Its a kind of midwifing an idea from gestation to birth, and for that we need support of a community who we can lean into as we inevitably get lost along the way.
So we will meet as a group in person and sometimes online and take time to look at ways into listening deeply to our preoccupations. We will support each other in drawing out and revealing the thread of our work.
Will be dancing the questions that emerge from hunches. Those fleeting images, sense impressions, dream fragments of something nebulous that for some reason keeps returning as important. The ‘work’ part of any creative process is how we form the hunch or even get to know it a bit better and what art medium best expresses that feeling and brings it out to the world.
As we travel along any creative process we get to encounter ourselves both in the ecstasy and in the ordinary everyday struggle of trying to follow our hunches. The reason its a year and not a week is that something happens when we live with a process of making for a year. Its a commitment mostly to ourselves to draw out what might be important.
In a way what the ‘thing is at the end’ may not be that important, or it really may be, but the way we live alongside our curiosity with whatever emerges will be a good process whatever happens.
I will be leading a series of workshops that get the body and imagination in a place that is open to receive what is already there.
My sense often is that there is an idea laying dormant, like in a slumber, gently waiting to be woken up. Our work will be that, waking up our creative voice and bringing it out into the open.
The process will be open for up to 10-12 people so we can get to know each other and have a good container of support and encouragement in our own discovery.
You will be encouraged, should you wish to check in with others along the way and offer and receive support by phone or the odd letter during the year.
No ones work will look the same, feel the same, or share the same preoccupation but “going solo’ together’ will allow a depth and support that can be hard to find by oneself.
‘Going Solo TOGETHER’ is a year long solo making process that includes a sharing at the end.
Like any creative process that involves sharing our creative selves there is an element of risk, an element of vulnerability, and of inviting being seen. There are moments in the process that may be challenging or even difficult. But the intention it to take the challenges that rise, back into our making and back into our dancing.
It may be a therapeutic process, but the emphasis is on creativity and creation as as opposed to therapy. We return to our creativity, our own dancing voice, and our own intuition, and trusting that in itself can be a healing endeavour. As you go through the process you may want to elicit support in a colleague or friend or someone who you can share with along the way.
The process is anchored in a theme for each weekend
1: Landing: Landing in our bodies ( sensation, image, orientation)
2: Developing: Our own language of moving
3: Orientation: ways of cultivating presence and support
4: Thresholds: Practicing and articulating presence
5: Scoring and Support of the Imagination
The days will run from 9.30-5pm the space will be open from 9am and we begin promptly at 9.30.
For more information Please contact Cai: firstname.lastname@example.org
There are 3 financial tiers for those participating to choose which tier they feel they can afford.
TIER 1: £575
TIER 2: £675
TIER 3: £775
Payment can be made each week in instalments or at the beginning.
A deposit of £100 is asked to secure your place on the course.
Places limited to 12.
This can be made through Paypal:
Or via bacs: (contact Cai directly)