Workshop with Sara Shelton Mann (US)

08-13th of July
12:30-16:30 every day
(except friday: 10:00-14:00)
Hovedscenen, Teateret

Ordinary ticket: 1000 NOK 
Student, SkS member: 800 NOK

This years workshop at Ravnedans will be held by Sara Shelton Mann!


Structure: scramble technique warm-up, chi cultivation and research of the day.

We will cover the basics of:
- Solo Neutral Follow – are you in your body? An improvisational puzzle so you will never be bored again and you will know who’s body you are in.
- Space and Geometry – lei lines and space as driver and partner.
- Spacial Gap – everything in-between that is a connector of before touch, touch, and after
- Pulse Points - periphery to core and back – navel and head – weights and the play of gravity and levity in motion and last if not least if we get there – implied direction.

This class is also a research ground for touch and the training it offers.

Each class is standalone and there is also a rhythm that develops from beginning through the week that stacks information together as a practice that is detailed and specific. We could call this is technical training through the lens of improvisation.

It rides on the edge of improvisation and form. It’s the most beautiful magical place to be, collaborating with and listening into the "unknown" as the primary practice of research.

Photo: Yvonne Portra

Photo: Yvonne Portra

Sara Shelton Mann has been a choreographer, performer, and teacher since 1967. She was a protégé of Alwin Nikolais and Murray Louis in New York City before moving to Canada where she met Andrew Harwood and fell in love with Contact Improvisation.

In 1979 she moved to San Francisco to work with Mangrove, now Mixed Bag Productions, for which she serves as artistic director. One of its early manifestations was the company. Contraband, launched as a performance group and research ground combining the principles of contact, systems of the body and spiritual practice into a unified system of research.

Among her awards are a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, 7 Isadora Duncan Awards, including a special achievement award for “erasing time: celebrating 30 years a radical dance legend” (Sara Shelton Mann with David Szlasa and Norman Rutherford), Djerassi Artist in Residence Awards, Headlands Center for the Arts Residency 2016, Lifetime Achievement Bay Guardian Award, 10 Women Who Made a Difference, Bay Guardian “Goldie” Award, Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists award (2016).

Her Movement Alchemy training is an ongoing teaching project and is influenced by certifications and studies in the metaphysical and healing traditions. Sara’s performance work is a platform for collaboration and research in consciousness.