Walden (where are you?) – a participatory re-appro-pro-pro-priation of the body as nature
Sunday, Sep 7 2014
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Sunday, September 7, 11am – 2pm

A dance class and lab to unscript the mind that colonizes the body.
(This is a trans/genderqueer-friendly class and open to all levels of physical experience.)

we will (re)imprint basic patterns in nature through visualization and movement exploration, mindfulness and experiential anatomy. tapping into the tide of cerebral spinal fluids, as well as physical and metaphysical fields vastly beyond, our attentiveness shall draw forth an original dance.

$25 in advance
$30 at the door
sliding scale available. please inquire: info@showboxla.org


Rae Shao-Lan —dancer, choreographer, craniosacral therapist and bodyworker—lived and worked in New York City between 1995-2002 in which time they studied extensively in the Ailey and Limon studios before steeping themselves in the world of improvisation, post-modern release forms, and experimental dance composition. Rae studied with influential teachers such as K.J. Holmes, Sara Hook, and Janine Durning, and other experimental movement practices based in Ideokinesis, such as Topf and Alexander Technique, Body Mind Centering and Continuum Movement. Through these practices, which introduced ways to re-open pathways, unwind the culturally scripted post-industrial body and reveal a responsive and dynamic organism, Rae began to develop their voice as a dancer and dance maker, presenting work at venues and outdoor environments including Danspace Project, HERE, Prospect Park and Williamsburg Arts Exchange, and performing in the company of Susan Marshall. 

Rae relocated to Los Angeles in 2005 where they worked in close collaboration and mentorship with Simone Forti, including the development of Ice Bergs, a movement practice they evolved together over a dedicated weekly practice throughout 2007 and 2008. Rae was a founding editor of itch dance journal along with Meg Wolfe and taisha paggett. Rae’s video, Captain, created in collaboration with Pooh Kaye, previewed at Dance Camera West in 2008 and Rae’s work Systems of Us, created with musician Tashi Wada, was part of the 2010 Now Festival.

Rae currently resides in a rustic rural setting off-the-grid north of the San Francisco Bay where they have been meditating and dancing in the indigenous woodlands of Oak, Redwood, Manzanita and Bay Laurel, and learning about sustainable farming and Permaculture. The learning and discoveries that have burgeoned from this period—much informed by the pace and pulse of nature’s orchestration—are what Rae is attempting to retrofit into a studio practice called Walden (where are you?) 

Rae will be performing in New Faithful Disco, by Meg Wolfe http://showboxla.org/2014/08/06/new-faithful-disco/ and is available for bodywork sessions through mid-Sept

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