之間 IN BETWEEN [WORKSHOP]

Movement, Chinese calligraphy, and other art forms will be explored in this expressive arts workshop built around the theme of in between.

之間 IN BETWEEN – Sunday Movement and Art Workshop [August 25th, 2019]

Move Your Thoughts is a safe space for creativity and improvisation. In collaboration with Sarah Chu and Yohaku Art Collective, we invite you to explore the uncharted space in between through different forms of art.

Join us on an exciting journey of self-discovery. Connect to your body, enjoy the creative process, and allow your mind to flow. Let’s explore where your body and thoughts begin and end. Meet others in this space and welcome them with kindness.

The workshop’s primary focus is on Chinese calligraphy and movement using contemporary dance and theatre practices. However, we will also use music and writing to enter the alternative world of imagination. Through these various forms of expression, we will explore the theme of 之間 Zhī jiān / ji1 gaang1, which in Cantonese means in between.

Are you one piece  
a cosmos of dots 
a scratch on the sky 
a fly 
the kind of ink drop that 
falls
far 
from 
any eye […]

Opinions, views, and perspectives are often polarized. We see things in black and white, not paying enough attention to the gray zone in between them. The liminal space of not knowing can feel uncomfortable. However, it has great potential to bring in more compassion, patience, ease, and understanding. The space in between heartbeats, breaths, flesh, and movements offers us completely new possibilities and broader perspectives. By expansion of the gray zone, we can finally become more of ourselves and respond to others in an honest (authentic) and open way.

S I G N
Is it a letter or a painting?
A message or art?
So visually pleasing that there is no need to understand it
Enjoy it
It speaks to me
In its own language
Does it speak to you the same way?
Where does it start?
There are no limits and no end
one relates to the other 
and together they create a beautiful piece
Peace

What to expect?

Fun: We will play, experiment and laugh together. Nothing is worse than taking yourself too seriously. We combine focus and awareness exercises with light icebreakers.

Non-judgement: To fully express oneself, one must get rid off the judgement. There is no “right” and “wrong”. We always strive to create a safe space where one can truly let go and feel free.

Open mind: We focus on the process, not on the results. The exercises we will go through are often bringing up unknown feelings, thoughts and reactions. Being open to new experiences is key to the journey.

Expressive Arts workshop focused on movement and Chinese calligraphy, here, where we will explore the space in between.

Workshop Schedule for August 25th, 2019

11:00-13:00 Music Warm Up + Chinese Calligraphy Exploration
13:00-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-16:30 Creative Journey including Movement
16:30-17:00 Wrap Up (Q&A and Feedback)

Participation Fee

First five registrations 25€
Standard price 30€
The number of participants is limited to 12

Sign Up

Send us an email to katkaandmagda@gmail.com to secure your spot.

Practical Info

The class will be held in English and is open to everyone. No previous experience needed. We have the ability to explain things in German too.
Things to bring: Paper + Pen. Comfortable clothes (loose trousers/sweatpants/leggins & t-shirt).

About the Facilitators

Magda (Move Your Thoughts)
Being appropriate seems to be far from her mind. Magda found very early on that theatre and stage is a place where being yourself and letting your fears go meet. Having led a thespian crew from all over the world she explored the world of acting and motion to help others find what hides in their souls.

Katka (Move Your Thoughts)
Danced before she could walk. Katka has a background in contemporary dance, but lately, she also fell in love with yoga and other movement practices. She believes that we have to feel good in our bodies in order to be happy and movement is the most genuine form of expression.

Joanna (Yohaku Art Collective)
A visual artist and an art educator with a Ph.D. degree in visual arts. Joanna has worked as an art teacher and facilitator in several countries. Currently, she lives in the Berlin area and studies Expressive Arts Therapy in Germany and Switzerland. Joanna believes that art is indigenous to humans and can inspire, connect, and transforms us on multiple levels.

Sarah Chu (our guest from Hong Kong)
Holds an MA degree in Expressive Arts Therapy with a minor in Psychology. With her primary background of Physiotherapy in Hong Kong, she is interested in body awareness and movement together with Arts and East and West philosophy for the exploration of the self, and the connection to the world. Sarah works with various clients, including people in recovery from mental illness, people with physical disabilities, and elders. She offers self-care workshops and is actively involved in the Expressive Arts research.

* Poems used in the text were written by Magda and Katka from Move Your Thoughts.

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