We are hosting two December weekend workshops on a type of movement research known as The Axis Syllabus. The Axis Syllabus is a body of research relevant to dynamic movement, which draws on many forms of Dance, Martial Arts, Acrobatics, Yoga, Alexander Technique, Capoeira and other modalities.  It offers movement pathways that optimize the body’s natural fluency, using physics and anatomical realities to create beautiful, efficient, and safe movement patterns.  
We are inviting in two internationally acclaimed teachers to offer Asheville movers this rare and profound modality.  Don’t miss out!

Logical Progressions with Nuria Bowart

December 1st-3rd

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Interwoven with Daniel Bear Davis

December 8th-10th

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Coming from out of town?

Want to prepare for the workshops?

Pathways On The Road to Axis with Aaron Birk

Nov. 11, 18, 25 before the CI Jams

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Logical Progressions: A Focus On Fundamentals & The C-Stars Will Be Falling: Accelerated Pathways Through The Floor

with Nuria Bowart

Registration Open – Register Early!

Workshop will fill up!

 
 

What is Axis Syllabus?

Friday December 1, 6:30-9:30 (Class with Aaron & Open Jam)
Saturday December 2 10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday December 3 10:00am – 3:00pm

Location: Friday 12/1
Center For Art and Spirit
1 School Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

Location: Saturday 12/2 & Sunday 12/3
Warren Wilson College, Bryson Gym
701 Warren Wilson Rd, Swannanoa, NC 28778

Cost: Sliding Scale  $90-$120  (or $170 for both weekends)
Walk In/Per Block Pricing Also Available

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Logical Progressions: A Focus on Fundamentals
This class is designed to present the basic concepts of landing and launching pads as is defined within the Axis Syllabus. The Axis Syllabus is a body of research relevant to dynamic movement. This class will provide a clear mapping of soft tissue logic for entering and exiting a surface, whether it be a floor or another moving body. We will also practice some spiraling pathways useful for greater ease while changing levels. Tired of all those bruises from that hard floor when you land? Come and practice alternatives.

The C-Stars Will Be Falling: Accelerated Pathways Through the Floor
Falling off our center of gravity allows for us to harness our potential energy and to take a ride on the force of gravity. This class will elaborate on the concept of chronological architecture as it relates to moving in and out of the floor and one another in dynamic ways. The arms and the legs are useful to propel, absorb and pivot around. Acceleration happens, and can be ridden. In this class we will practice riding this body-form safely and efficiently through the energy of a fall. Using some basic movement patterns, such as C-Star, offered through the Axis Syllabus, to help us to better understand useful mechanics for falling. While in this class, the main partner will be the floor, we will be practicing many of the patterns in partners and groups as well.

 

On Nuria Bowart

Nuria has been dancing her whole life.  Her relationship to movement and music is professional, personal and therapeutic.  During the past fifteen years Nuria has been dancing professionally in New York City, Colorado, Scotland, Turkey, Brazil, Southeast Asia and most recently the greater Bay Area. She has performed her own original choreographic and musical works, collaborative works, and performed as a dancer for other choreographers.  She considers herself to be a performance artist, dancer, choreographer, musician, Capoeirista, teacher, healer, and mother.

 

 

Interwoven: A Workshop in Axis Syllabus and Contact Improvisation

with Daniel Bear Davis

 

Movement with Axis Syllabus

Friday December 8 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Saturday December 9 10:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday December10:00am-3:00pm

Location: Friday 12/8 & Saturday 12/9
Center For Art and Spirit
1 School Rd, Asheville, NC 28806

Location: Sunday 12/10
Veda Studios
853 Merrimon Ave, Asheville, NC 28805

Cost: $90-$120 sliding scale (or $170 for both weekends)
Walk In/Per Block Pricing Also Available

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The Axis Syllabus offers a groundswell of relevant and specific information into healthy movement habits for moving humans living in a dynamic world. In this dance workshop, we will look at details of our own anatomy, refined over thousands of years of evolution, to gain clues about how to move in collaboration with our own fascinating design. As we grow in our kinetic potential, we can meet our dance partners with increased access to range and choice. This workshop will weave explorations of healthy and creative relationships between the many parts of our selves, with other humans in partner dancing, and within larger networks.

We will identify boundaries and limitations as building blocks of resilience. We will explore ourselves and our shared dances as tensegrity structures, cultivating out integrity through tensile resistance. We will investigate the self within interconnected networks and interconnectivity within the self. And well do a whole lot of dancing.

 

On Daniel Bear Davis:

Photo Credit: Anna M. Maynard

Daniel Bear Davis has a creative practice driven by an awe and wonder for humanity and an equally poignant curiosity and respect for the more-than-human world.He teaches Axis Syllabus, Contact Improvisation, Composition, Acrobatic Stilts, and Dance History.  Whatever the subject, I consider the students in my classroom researchers and I intend to offer tools to encourage range, choice and curiosity. And his artistic work work prioritizes content over genre, weaving text, dance, video, music and new media. 

Daniel has taught and performed the world over – performing on submarines, desert rocks, construction scaffolding, and art galleries exploring  made pieces about dementia, gender, war, heritage, identity. I care about image, awe, and beauty. In creating a wide and rich acceptance of what it is to be human. He feels blessed with opportunities to have performed and worked with with Nita Little, Nancy Stark Smith, Live Art Installations, Felix Ruckert, Kira Kirsch, Erika Tsimbrovsky, Scott Wells, Amie Dowling, Krista DeNio and many other inspiring body/minds.

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Want to prepare for the workshops?

In preparation for the December Axis Syllabus workshops, Aaron Birk will be offering an introductory series on the bio-mechanical elements of The Axis Syllabus for three Saturdays in November. The classes are right before Asheville regularly scheduled CI Jam!

Aaron Birk is an Axis Syllabus enthusiast and primary organizer of the upcoming Axis Syllabus workshops with Nuria Bowart and Daniel Bear Davis.

Aaron Birk is an Axis Syllabus enthusiast and primary organizer of the upcoming Axis Syllabus workshops with Nuria Bowart and Daniel Bear Davis.

 

Where: Center For Art and Spirit, Fellowship Hall

 

Saturday November 11, 2:00-3:30 (right before Open Jam) Share on Facebook

Saturday November 18, 2:00-3:30 (right before Open Jam) Share on Facebook

Saturday November 25, 2:00-3:30 (right before The Underscore) Share on Facebook

Where: Center For Art and Spirit, Fellowship Hall (1 School Road, Asheville, NC).

Cost: $10-$15 Drop-ins welcome, no pre-registration required.