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VA141 Creativity Through Movement with Hiie Saumaa

  • 14 May 2020
  • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  • Remote


In this 45-minute session, dancer and movement educator Hiie Saumaa, PhD, will take you on a journey of exploring creativity and kinetic imagination through movement. The session will start with a brief introduction to somatics, which is an umbrella term for physical awareness practices that emphasize participants' felt experience with movement. We will then do a 30-minute movement exploration using the somatic technique of Nia dance. Nia, developed in the 1980s in the US, is a mind-body method that combines dance, martial arts, and healing arts. It blends easy to follow choreography and free dance. Our focus will be on finding freedom through movement: this freedom of movement has the potential to increase our creativity and aliveness in our artistic practice and other realms of life.

Please wear comfortable exercise clothes. Barefoot is preferred but it depends on the surface you are moving on. Previous dance experience is not necessary.

About the Instructor: Hiie Saumaa, PhD, is a somatic movement educator and a dance writer/scholar. She is a certified instructor of Nia dance, The BodyLogos technique, and JourneyDance and teaches classes and workshops in sensory-based dance modalities, creative movement, expressive arts, and meditative strength training. She writes about movement and health, dance history, and the artistic process. She is currently writing a book on the creativity of the American choreographer Jerome Robbins. In 2018-2019, she was an inaugural fellow at Columbia University's Institute for Ideas & Imagination in Paris and an artist in residence at the Cite Internationale des Arts. In 2017, she was a fellow at the Dance Division of the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. She has taught at Columbia University, New York University, and the University of Tennessee, and Paris College of Art. She has taught movement workshops in Estonia, USA, France, and Romania

The meeting will take place using the Zoom video conferencing tool.

Topic: VA141 Creativity Through Movement
Time: May 14, 2020 05:00 PM Paris

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