Tripsichore Yoga: Art & Beauty with Edward Clark
6 workshops: Friday June 9th: 8:30-11am & 5:30-8:30pm, Saturday June 10th: 11:30-2:30pm & 3:30-6:30pm, Sunday June 11th: 11:30-2:30pm & 3:30-6:30pm
Classes may be taken separately or weekend registration at a discount.
Spaces are very limited. Please pre-register.
$50/session, $175 weekend
Tripsichore is renowned throughout the world for its performances of yoga theatre.
What would it be like to do a class and work with Tripsichore? Well, it might be a lot like this workshop. In the morning sessions, we will work really hard to warm up using music that we will be working on in the afternoon. What is the warm up? Tripsichore’s world renowned Sun Salutes and something we call the Giris Sequence. In the afternoon, we use the yoga we have worked on in the morning to improvise on a theme. What do we do in the improvisation section? It could be devising variations on standard asanas or it might be about trying to find a yogic way to express certain imagery (e.g. trying to make the legs in an inversion look like the branches of a tree or trying to create “insect” characters by doing variations of tittibhasana). This isn’t exactly a free for all session, but there are no right or wrong solutions. The constraints we put on the improvising are that the experiments should fit broadly within Tripsichore yoga technique (the moves are accomplished through the use of breath) and they need to depict or express something in particular.
Then, we begin to set the material we have devised to music. How do we set it to music? The moves discovered during the experimental phase are then adapted to fit the musical selection and the bodies are arranged to make something that is both synchronised and visually pleasing.
It is expressive, but also highly technical. This is a workshop to really move your practice to a new level. We will be working over 5 days to distil the material into something that looks very good and will work on ways of recording it to make good social media pieces…something you will be proud to have on your homepage…something you are proud to be associated with.
And, how does it relate to yoga? It is very demanding of one’s concentration. In seeking to precisely execute the yoga moves in time to music and with a specific intention, one comes to a rapid understanding of what it is to appreciate the “present moment”. There is a heightening of awareness. There is no putting off of what one is attempting to do until a later time nor is there space to reflect on whether one did well or badly in the execution of a move for the flow of music and movement goes on regardless.
Ideas and techniques of focus, concentration and absorption are such an integral part of theatre and dance disciplines and have such practical parameters that you cannot function without them onstage or in rehearsal. Yet, most people can struggle through an asana class without doing them particularly well… a sad comment perhaps, on how yoga is being taught at present.
MAKING YOGA SOCIAL MEDIA LOOK VERY GOOD INDEED
Tired of seeing the “same old; same old” in the social media offerings from the yoga world? “One more handstand please, because we haven’t seen enough of them.” Or, can you really bear to see wade through one more clip of – ha ha – the “playful” juxtaposition of people doing asanas in a busy city square/balanced on a rock or tree limb/in-some-place-geewhiz-you’d-never-do-yoga? Surely, there has been an “imaginative failure” in the spiritual realm.
But, what about using yoga in social media to express more purposefully? What about using yoga to make the equivalent of a haiku poem in the 30 seconds of attention span that social media affords its audience? Or is it doomed to be used in the service of polishing the ego – something your friends can like and strangers bypass? Why not actually express something that your friends can think about and strangers wish to pause and consider? (And when will Facebook add a “Made me think” button to click?)
Well, we want to do something about the artistry of yoga and how it relates to social media. This workshop assumes that people attending it are reasonably fluent in the execution of their practice and that they are ready to put their practice to creative use…to express…to say something – and to say it well; to present it with polish and professionalism. This pertains to the production standards as well (the camera work, the editing, the costuming, the location, the soundtrack…).