Tarot reading is an art and intuitive process based in rich cultural symbols, held together by structures and themes that resonate timelessly. Building off tools developed in “Body Maps”, we flesh out some of tarot’s basic structures, telling stories that are both personal and universal.
By exploring imagery and “reads”, we can create physical stories through creative choice and the synchronicity of the cards. Through magic. Through body and image-based intuitions.
Whether you are a regular reader or totally new to tarot, you are welcome. If you have a favorite deck you’d like to work from, bring it along (!) While it is not mandatory to take both Body Maps and Threads, there will be a natural progression from one to the next.
WORKSHOP: Body Maps
In the beginning, maps were nothing more than theories. Plans to journey and bring back data. Rough pictures that allowed explorers to go further in the unknown. It can take a lifetime to discover the maps of our bodies, their patterns, preferences, joys, obstacles, and hidden history. The way we frame the process has everything to do with where we end up. So let's create maps of our bodies.... separately, but together!
Body Maps is a combination of creative and technical movement. We explore the environment, pathways of body and mind, wildness and habit, care, and the metaphorical “journey”. There is an ongoing thread for each person’s biography, joining intuitive writing with active intent and creation. The process teaches us to work from where we are, to self-reflect, to respond creatively, and adapt to change.
This class was and is still designed as an accessible curriculum, meant to accommodate bodies of all kinds. This is the first time it will be offered as a floor-to-air class, incorporating the use of aerial apparatus. While equipment access must be reserved only for those with experience, I more than welcome any person who would like to practice floor-only, as this is how the class was originally designed. Feel free to reach out with any questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
This 5-week series is for students new to rope, with some previous climbing experience. Rope (alternately known as “corde lisse”) is an impressive and rewarding aerial discipline—noted for it’s aesthetic simplicity and challenging athleticism. If you’re looking to build overall strength as an aerialist, and to learn basic skills, balances, and maneuvers while exercising your creative brain, then this class is a good fit.
For those coming in with any silks experience will enjoy the familiarity of another vertical apparatus, while adapting to the tension, weight, and grip of rope that lends itself to a different rhythm. For those who have worked on trapeze or lyra, rope will build your endurance, vocab, and concept of the characteristics and possibilities of aerial apparatus. It just might give you some new ideas to work within the ropes of your prior discipline.
This 5-week session is for students who have experience climbing, and can execute hip-keys and inversions in the air. Rope is a fickle friend and a minimalist’s dream—a single thread revealing the body’s power and vulnerability. As an aerial discipline, it demands we work hard to hone our physicality—learning points of rest while hanging, executing knots and shelves that will hold us, dynamic movements that allows us to swing high and save energy… and quite literally, we must develop a thick skin. In this series we’ll be working from micro to macro, learning basic exercises to build a strong and aligned body, learning “tricks” to add to our vocabulary, and practicing links and theories to express embodied, aesthetic forms.
Handstand / Land
Are you new to handstands? Have you been practicing, but now you’re not sure how to progress? Handstands are one of the most accessible acrobatic forms, appropriate for the majority of bodies, simply requiring time and attention to detail. When we decide to get on our hands, it can become a life-long endeavor, a quest to increase our “hang time” and to access more extreme forms.
In this hour-and-a-half long workshop, we’ll go over proper warm-ups, alignment, and progressions to take your handstand from “hit-or-miss” to solid foundations. We’ll go over self-spotting techniques as well as spotting with a partner, to leave with tools for working in any environment.