RIPPLE / QUAKE [Performance] & Body Maps [Workshop]
Supported by the Leeway X Icebox Residency ('19), and the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant ('18)
Ripple / Quake is a multidisciplinary performance event exploring the impact of the individual on the whole, viewed through the lens of disability and an ethic of care. The event is multi-layered, inviting community to join as viewers, collaborators, and participants in our unique social-educational curriculum.
As a performance, Ripple / Quake features environmental video animation and a 20-foot wide tensile fabric wave to represent the collective unconscious. Original soundtrack and performance are executed live, using circus spectacle (foot juggling and aerial arts) with gestural performance and dance to translate the dynamics and risk of life with disability--whether it's physical or mental, seen or unseen. Artists explore divergence with joy and creativity as a balance to cultural shadow. Ripple / Quake as a title suggests fluid and rigid moments of life in a body, and as a universal experience of structure and change.
With this 2-week residency, we transformed the Icebox Project Space into a site for healing. Free community workshops, "Body Maps" and "Yoga Nidra", were taught with the intention of providing new categories of access for under-served community. The practices are tied by their creation of visual and somatic relationships between self and environment.
"Body Maps" is a structured intro to movement creation and reflection for all bodies, centered by the chronic illness experience. The curriculum was developed as an 7-week series, run at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts as the subject of Sarah's solo artist residency in Spring 2019.
"Yoga Nidra", the meditative practice of "sleep yoga" uses sequenced visualization to bring about deep relaxation. It assists in uncovering and releasing habitual patterns of body and mind, providing relief for anxiety and PTSD. This workshop was taught by Elliot Polinsky, who also offered "Yoga for Chronic Pain". This peaceful yoga practice calls on rhythmic, meditative motion and stable breathing to help the nervous system to settle, the body to relax, and the mind to re-map the body.
In offering this wide range of entry, all free of cost, we drew in a wide range of participants and introduced new cross-disciplinary concepts and tools to our community. It's an example of accessible design that combines structure and aesthetics with social design and healing arts.
Leeway x Icebox Resident Artist Sarah Muehlbauer acts as concept artist, performer, maker, and community organizer navigating horizontal leadership to seed and blend disparate practices. Ripple/Quake is created in collaboration with artists Dan Cole (video art, music), Anne Weshinskey (performance), Simon de Aguero (tensile fabric design), Will Turnbull (sculpture fabrication), Dan Bogan (music), Mieke D. (strategic support), and Elliot Polinsky (photography, videography, yoga instruction), as well as previous participants from the Body Maps workshop series held in early 2019.
Photos by Elliot Polinsky. Click icon for full image.
All work copyright the artists/ producers. 2019