What does it mean to be leaning in an era of climate crisis?

What might leaning and, with poet Peter Larkin ‘unleaning’ (2012), be as a kind of ecological thought in the act?

This four part workshop delivered by dancer/choreographer/somatic movement therapist Olive Bieringa, drawing on the experimental writing and cultural theory of Natalie Joelle, will use techniques of ecosomatics and poetics to enquire into the etymological root of climate (from ‘κλίνειν, to lean’), and the word lean’s associations both with the causes of anthropogenic climate change and acts of resistance. Together we investigate leaning as a way of feeling and being in the context of the climate crisis.

Bieringa’s research questions how tools from dance, choreography and somatics can support our collective evolution in this moment of planetary crisis. She is interested in expanding the awareness of embodiment in the ecological conversation and specifically how touch and movement can create further growth within this transformational work. www.bodycartography.org

Natalie’s research concerns subversive practices that reclaim bodies from the multiple oppressions of our contemporary ‘lean culture’ with its increasing management of everyday life to do more and more with less and less. www.gleaning.info

The Arts and Humanities Research Council’s CHASE Climate Justice Network are generously fully supporting this series so all places will be free to attend.

Friday 3rd May

Monday 6th May

Friday 10th May

Monday 13th May

10am-12 Noon UK

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