The Fold as Somatic/Artistic Practice
a newly minted intensive online curated course
with Susan Sentler & Glenna Batson
7th of September – 16th of October 2020
Future, abbreviated workshops around the theme of folding will be posted in November.
Folding is in all things organic and material, a living continuum of dimension and depth.
This course invites the curious to immerse themselves in the Fold. Designed as a generative platform for sourcing creativity, the course offers a space to transform playful exploration into deeply honed intimacy within art making.
The course offers a five-week excursion into working with two seasoned facilitators. Multi-media artist and dancer Susan Sentler and somatic educator Glenna Batson will guide and curate a palette of embodied processes.
The starting point is the body – the somatic body in movement and stillness. Susan and Glenna will build a scaffold for a sensory rich landscape, an improvisational playing field of inner-to-outer body relationships. Exploration of macro- and micro-folding dynamics will uncover liminal thresholds of becoming – a portal for engaging with the unknown. Enfolding and unfolding patterns will give rise to a tactile imprint – a palimpsest for the emergence of new material. Other stimuli will be layered into the practice: visual images, paper/fabric play, video recording, photography, drawing, automatic writing, and journaling. Exploring this multi-layered confluence of somatic materials will support the building of meta-skills for making your art of choice.
NOTE: The course is not product driven. You may choose simply to explore the experiential themes in each class, or to bring a more focused intention to a new discovery or a theme/piece already in progress. The utility in morphing artistic praxis is to evolve new personal methodologies for art research and to hone ways of archive/anarchiving of current and future work. Further, no movement training is necessary to participate. You need only to bring a level of mature engagement with an aesthetic within your practice, regardless of discipline.
- Work with experienced curators to hone critical elements in your art of choice
- Engage with a collective while receiving supportive and focused mentoring
- Enrich your experience within a collective that translates across the screen
- Progress your own somatically rich language to better articulate your process
- Ignite your imagination through working with tangible and intangible technologies
- Identify and transform default habits that block creative process
- Deepen the threads of your own research practice of archive/anarchiving
Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 7th September – 9th October
9 am – 11 am EST, 2 pm – 4 pm UTC (CET = UTC +1)
The group will meet by Zoom platform over the course of five weeks, with each class lasting two (2) hours. The thrust is interactive. We will share impressions and reflections on experience within the course itself, and/or its impact outside the course. Please plan to commit to the entire course. In respect for group process, we will not allow one-off classes. Each class will be experiential/exploratory over the first four weeks. All classes will be recorded. Recordings will be available for one week after which time they become part of Sentler and Batson’s course archive.
The final week will be allotted to curation. You will have the chance to share your work on one of the three days (date/time TBA). The term curation is used flexibly here. You can use the time to show/share works-in-progress and/or for extending discussion/reflection on course impact. Further elaboration on the format will follow closer to the time.
F/old 1 (7th – 11th Sept) – Historicity
Fo.ld 2 (14 – 18th Sept) – Dimensionality – 2D – 3-D (paper) fold
Fo/ld 3 (21st -25th Sept) – Presence/Absence – Light & Edge
F,old 4 (28th Sept – 2nd Oct) – Video & Photography An-archiving
Fol\d 5 (5th – 9th Oct) – Final Sharing
Due to unavoidable SNAFUs (illness/tech issues), or need for extra time for closure, we may extend the class up to a maximum of 2 additional days.
Limited to 15 participants
The course is geared for persons who share a kinship, correspondence with, or connectivity to, embodiment, including, (but not limited to) dance artists/educators, somatic movement arts teachers, visual- and multi-media artists, architects, teachers in the humanities or science and medicine, essentially those with an aesthetic willing to
explore the unknown.
€200 by PayPal in euros (instructions on admittance to the course)
Payment in two installments is available
1st installment due by day 1, 2nd installment due no later than Friday, 25th September
Confidentiality, Liability, & Cancellation Statements – APPLICATION FORM HERE
Please submit the attached application form no later than 1st of September.
We in turn will notify you of your status no later than the 4th of September.
“The class leads from interior folds of the body along lines extending outwards into our immediate surroundings and offers a new way of tracing their trajectories and relations.
Susan and Glenna open a space for thinking and being together that is outside of any discipline or practice, while engaging precisely and gently on immediate concerns.”
Sony Devabhaktuni, professor of architecture
“Exploring folding…with you has only made me want to go deeper with this practice. Folding feels like accessing those subtle layers of self that we wish to explore as movement researchers and your way of teaching helped remind me that intuition is really at the heart of creative practice.”
Jacquelyn Elder, dancer
“Through and with such a rich guidance from periphery to the nature of presence, I find the fold and the folding practice moving me towards a new conceptual understanding of body and self, as the fold focuses towards an indefinite spatial awareness…a renewed anatomy without bounds and movement…a generative opening into the experience of being with.”
Peter Mills, independent artist/educator
Susan Sentler and Glenna Batson first met in 2013 in London at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. Since then, they have collaborated on artistic dance and movement research around folding phenomena. Originally entitled Human Origami (www.humanorigami.com), the work has been presented at various conferences, showcased in artistic installations, and taught in educational courses worldwide, including England, Ireland, Germany, Singapore, Hong Kong, and East Coast USA. As well, the work continues to be disseminated in scholarly journals.
Susan Sentler, BA, MACP is an independent dance artist, maker/choreographer, teacher, researcher, director and performer. She has taught and practiced globally in and around the field of dance for over 30 years. Susan’s creative, pedagogic and research practice is interdisciplinary, anchored by a honed somatic relationship to image. She focuses on gallery/museum contexts creating/collaborating on ‘responses’ or ‘activations’ within exhibitions as well as durational installations orchestrating moving/still image, objects, sound and absence/presence of the performing body. Her work has been exhibited and performed in the UK, USA, Europe, Indonesia, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Glenna Batson, ScD, PT, MA is an independent lecturer, researcher, mentor and performer. For nearly five decades, she has honed a trans-disciplinary approach to the study of embodiment, bridging between dance, science, phenomenology, and somatic studies. Professor emeritus of physical therapy (Winston-Salem State University), internationally recognized teacher of the Alexander Technique, Fulbright Senior Specialist, Glenna currently teaches Somatics: Embodiment for the 21st Century for the M.F.A. dance program at Duke University.