Movement Workshop with Culture Mill – for movers living with or without PD

Workshop: 1 – 2.30pm
Movement Workshop for PD

In this workshop, we will begin by a chair warm-up, inviting participants to bring awareness to their breath and to their moving body through playful and exploratory tasks. We will use elements of contemporary dance improvisation as well as core principles from Argentine Tango, (such as leading and following, walking and connection to a partner) to transition to standing and moving across the space. Throughout the workshop, we’ll engage in a safe and nonjudgmental movement practice exploring various ways of initiating movement through the use of imagination, intention and physical contact. During this shared movement practice, our goal will be to both accept our limitations and to invite new movement possibilities liberated from the constraints of everyday life. This workshop is designed for movers with or without Parkinson’s disease.

Discussion: 2.30-3.30pm  
“Alles”: A Movement Discussion with Culture Mill

After a first event with choreographer Clint Lutes from Paris, France in December 2016, Culture Mill is happy to partner again with ADF’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios to offer this workshop. These workshops are the initial stage of a future Culture Mill’s project named “Alles” (working title) – A meeting of artistic research and scientific research, accompanied by the creation of an original work of Contemporary dance. “Alles” will unfold as a mutual exchange between professional dancers, people living with Parkinson’s disease, and professionals in the medical and scientific fields. Join Tommy Noonan and Murielle Elizéon, co-directors of Culture Mill, to hear more about the origins of the project and how the interrogative mode of artistic movement research and the expertise of professional dancers could be an alternative environment in which to open, expand and liberate perspectives on movement disorders from the constraints of traditional scientific research settings. 

After reserving your space online, please consider making a suggested $10 donation for the workshop and discussion at the studio when you arrive.

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Murielle Elizéon is a french dancer, performer, choreographer, and teacher. She grew up in Southern France, and studied Italian Literature and Dance Aesthetics while completing her dance training. She began her professional dance career in Paris in 1995. As a dancer/performer/choreographer, she has toured with various dance companies in France, Switzerland, Denmark, Germany, and the US. As a movement artist, she is interested in the ever-evolving condition of the body and the complexity of human experience, as well as in the creation of diverse temporary communities. She has been creating/leading/participating in many community projects involving various abilities and age groups. She completed the internationally-recognized inclusive dance training, DanceAbility Teacher certification with Alito Alessi in Vienna, Austria in 2010. She is a skilled, experienced, and enthusiastic teacher, and has taught for 20 years in France, Germany, Denmark, Slovakia, and the US for a diverse public including professional dancers and actors, seniors, and children with special needs.

Tommy Noonan is a director, choreographer and performer currently based in Saxapahaw, NC. His work has been presented extensively throughout Germany, France, Portugal, Poland, Switzerland, Austria, Spain, and Mexico. Tommy regularly teaches classes and workshops both internationally as well as locally in North Carolina (the American Dance Festival Studios, Carolina Friends School, University of North Carolina graduate program in Theater Studies, Elon University).  His most recent work is a solo titled “John,” which premiered in October of 2016 in Durham, NC and will be part of the American Dance Festival 2017 Season.

Murielle and Tommy are both co-directors of Culture Mill, arts organization based in Saxpahaw, NC. More on

About This Event

ADF's Samuel H. Scripps Studios, 721 Broad Street, Durham, NC 27705

April 21, 2017
1:00 pm - 3:30 pm