'APPLYING SOMATIC PRACTICE TO PERFORMANCE AND CHOREOGRAPHY'
Kinetic Awareness® (KA), is a somatic practice that “provides an opportunity to explore … movement possibilities. This system of body-mind reeducation, developed by Elaine Summers, focuses on increased movement efficacy and ease through heightened awareness of automatic and conscious movement. It enhances the understanding the body uses to communicate with ourselves” (Green 1992, 61).
Because this system uses graduated rubber balls to enhance body awareness and release excess muscular tension, KA is often referred to as ‘the ball work’. Balls placed under various parts of the body; provide contact with inner sensations, bringing to awareness inefficient body and movement patterns (Green 2012, 214).
This workshop will explore experiential exercises that focus on the connection between KA and improvisation.
It will facilitate engagement in a creative process through the exploration of a somatic practice that encourages improvisation through a structured set of prompts.
Green, J. 2012. Kinetic Awareness® for women with breast cancer: Somatic movement an aid to treatment. Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, 4(2):
Green, J. 1992. The use of balls in Kinetic Awareness. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance,63(8), 61-64.