Somatic Encounters – On Both Sides of the Lens


The act of moving and that of capturing movement is a dynamic encounter between the body and the camera. In the process, both mover and captor enter into an embodied immersion of somatic and artistic elements. The captor is motivated by the mover, thus using the camera as choreographer. Sighted and sensed, the mover’s somatic sensibilities also are affected by the relationship.  

In this workshop, each participant will play dual roles – as mover and as captor. We will first ‘warm-up’ through a guided somatic exploration in Human Origami – an improvisational movement form developed by Batson. Then, in duos, each partner will play the role of mover and captor using a mobile phone. Movers will be given instructions on how to re-enter and recapture selected elements from the warmup. The captor will record up to two minutes of the improvisation, choosing points of departure and closure in the moment, but without editing. After switching roles, the partners will share their experiences from the vantage point of both sides of the lens, and the group as a whole will reflect on the interweaving of the phenomenological and the digital.

The workshop is open to all interested participants. Please dress comfortably for movement and bring your own cell phone fully charged and with enough storage space for a short video clip.

Price: $25


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Glenna Batson is an independent lecturer, researcher, mentor and performer. At 71, Glenna continues to find ways to expand the expressive envelope beyond the physical expectations of youth. Her life-long contributions to dance have been trans-disciplinary as teacher, author, performer, and pioneering researcher in dance and Parkinson’s disease. Glenna’s mantra: Embodied, empathic, emergent, and inclusive, dance effects change from both the inside out, and the outside in.

About This Event

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

December 4, 2019
4:15 pm - 6:15 pm