Movement and Healing Workshop with Ori Flomin
Mar. 4, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST
Gibney 280 Broadway (Studio X)
About Ori Flomin
Ori Flomin started performing in his parents’ living room in his homeland, Israel, before landing in NYC, where he has been dancing, living, surviving, and thriving since 1989.
He holds an MFA in Dance from Tisch School of the Arts, NYU. His choreography has been presented at NYC venues such as: Gibney, Dance Theater Workshop, LaMama Experimental Theater, Arts on Site, Movement Research at Judson Church, and internationally in Europe, Israel, Japan, and Australia as well as commissioned work for dance companies and universities across the US (Zenon Dance, LINK dance, Purchase University). His teachings of dance, Yoga and Shiatsu massage have taken him around the globe to prestigious international festivals, schools, and colleges around NYC: PARTS, Impulstanz, London Contemporary School, Sasha Waltz, Circuit Est, SUNY Purchase, NYU, Movement Research and Gibney to name a few. He’s performed in the works of acclaimed choreographers Stephen Petronio, Maria Hassabi, Neil Greenberg, Molissa Fenley and Kevin Wynn among others.
Since Covid-19 he has presented dance films through online platforms and film festivals and developed his Do-It-yourself Shiatsu practice to help participants find healing through self-massage during stressful times. He is a 2022-23 recipient of the Gibney Dance in Process (DIP) Residency.
About the Workshop
Our dancing body is charged with energy, and its continuous flow is essential to maintain a balanced and healthy state of being. In Eastern Philosophy, the energy is expressed through pathways known as Meridians, which are divided into five elements – Earth, Water, Wood, Metal, and Fire. Each element is expressed through different qualities, which we experience throughout our daily life. In this workshop, we will explore the different elements, their qualities, and how they are being expressed through the dancing body. We will explore and follow the physical location of the meridians on the body and practice how to balance the energy through self-bodywork technique (Shiatsu) and some stretching. We will continue to affect the energy through the moving body using imagery and improvisation tasks to allow our dancing bodies to embody the different qualities of the meridians, such as – fluidity, grounding, compassion, and adaptability, to name a few.
As we continue to experience stress and anxiety following the isolation and repercussions during the Covid-19 crisis, our bodies and mind crave to find balance and harmony again, this exploration will encourage participants to discover the five elements within them and how to take advantage of those qualities through the awareness of the meridians to feel free and balanced in our bodies again.
About Gibney’s Education Program
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Photo Credits: Yasmeen Enahora