WHY HERE, WHY THEN?
FIVE COLLEGE STUDENT / STAFF / FACULTY REGISTRATION
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 FROM 1:30-3:30PM
Theater 14, Mendenhall Center for the Performing Arts, Smith College
A conversation with festival presenters Adler, Bainbridge Cohen, and Stark Smith, hosted by Laurie Sanders and Elizabeth Sharpe, Co-Directors of Historic Northampton. Welcome poem by Anne Love Woodhull.
JANET ADLER has been teaching the Discipline of Authentic Movement in solo and group retreats since 1969. She founded and directed the Mary Starks Whitehouse Institute (1981), the first school devoted to the study and practice of Authentic Movement and Circles of Four (2013), an international post graduate program which guides people who wish to teach the Discipline of Authentic Movement. She has created two award winning films: ”Looking for Me” (1968) which is about her work with autistic children and “Still Looking” (1988) which is about the evolution of her work in the discipline.
Inner Traditions International published her books, Arching Backward: The Mystical Initiation of a Contemporary Woman (1995) and Offering from the Conscious Body: The Discipline of Authentic Movement ( 2002). Many of her essays appear in two volumes of work concerned with Authentic Movement, edited by Patrizia Pallaro (Jessica Kingsley Press 1999 and 2007) and in Ins Nichtwissen Eintreten: Discipline of Authentic Movement, edited by Anke Teigeler (Reichert Verlag Wiesbaden 2018). Janet received a doctorate in Mystical Studies in1992. She has been an interfaith hospice chaplain since 1999.
BONNIE BAINBRIDGE COHEN is a movement artist, researcher, educator and therapist, and the developer of the Body-Mind Centering® approach to movement, the body, and consciousness. An innovator and leader, her work has influenced the fields of bodywork, movement, dance, yoga, body psychotherapy, childhood education, and many other body-mind disciplines. In 1973, she founded The School for Body-Mind Centering ® . She is the author of the books, Sensing, Feeling and Action, Basic Neurocellular Patterns: Exploring Developmental Movement, and The Mechanics of Vocal Expression, as well as numerous videos on embodied anatomy, embryology, dance, and working with children with special needs. Bonnie teaches in North and South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and New Zealand. www.bodymindcentering.com
NANCY STARK SMITH danced in the first performances of Contact Improvisation in 1972 with Steve Paxton and others and has been central to CI’s development as dancer, teacher, performer, writer/publisher, and organizer. Nancy has traveled extensively throughout the world teaching and performing Contact and other improvised dance work with many favorite dance partners and performance makers, including musician Mike
Vargas. In 1975, she co-founded Contact Quarterly, an international journal of dance and improvisation, which she continues to co-edit and publish. Nancy’s work is featured in several books and films, and she has been developing the Underscore, a long-form dance improvisation structure, since 1990. Her first book, Caught Falling, came out in 2008. She continues to explore the bodymind states that are generated while dancing, the life cycle of form as it manifests in improvisation, and how any of this research can be communicated in performance and in print. She graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in dance and writing. www.nancystarksmith.com