WiseMotion June 11th 2019 at 8-10 pm
Location: Studio D, Gibney Dance, 280 Broadway, New York City
Video about the WiseMotion method: https://vimeo.com/335283678
WiseMotion is a method developed by Hanna Poikonen (PhD in neuroscience of movement, dance and music, University of Helsinki, Finland) which improves physical abilities, self-awareness and social bonding with the means of movement and neuroscience. Hanna has taught WiseMotion method in conferences in Harvard Medical School (United States) and Swissotel Berlin (Germany) and in festivals and institutions such as Kuopio Dance Festival (Finland), Iris (Hong Kong), Magnesia (Helsinki), Institut del Teatre (Barcelona) and Alive Wellness (Hong Kong).
The structure of each workshops is following: We start with a guided movement improvisation after which Hanna tells about the movement experience from the point of view of neuroscience. She’ll also go through shortly how certain imbalances of the body and brain can be alleviated by movement and music. In the end, we have time for a group conversation.
WiseMotion Explorers is made for all curious movers regardless their background in movement or neuroscience. On the WiseMotion Explorers workshop, the movement material is designed to promote processes in creativity, imagination, stress relief, self-awareness and natural embodied collaboration. In addition, the physical abilities, such as muscle tension and relaxation as well as balance, are improved. The workshop starts by bringing attention to the breath. Slowly, we invite the body to calm movement focusing on the bodily sensations. During improvisation, we move smoothly with partner and group exercises and individual creative movement. Everyone moves on their own level of skills and fitness. Music accompanies the workshop from breathing to the end of the movement improvisation. Beautiful melodies, sounds of nature and rhythmic structures create a harmonic atmosphere.
The neuroscientific material and group conversation aim to improve general well-being by increasing understanding which is crucial in maintaining physically and mentally vital and meaningful everyday life. During the neuroscientific presentation, Hanna clarifies the knowledge by practical examples and connects the latest scientific discoveries to everyday life. During the group conversation, everyone gets an opportunity to share one’s thoughts and feelings related to the topic of the workshop, movement and neuroscience.
Tuesday June 11th
8 – 10 pm Neuroscience of Dance – Reaching the Creative Brain State
Price of the workshop is USD 45
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