Workshop / the flesh of the world
On 19th February next year I will give a workshop at the Occult Conference in Glastonbury, the material for which has developed out of my ongoing research into the body and place/space, and references Merleau-Ponty’s notion of the ‘flesh of the world’ and the body as chiasm, as a crossing – both touched and touching, seen and seeing. The workshop will focus specifically on the feet and stepping, on developing sensitivity and awareness, of self and environment, through movement.
The work of the feet is of primary importance; the sole of the foot is what connects us to the world, bringing our flesh into a sensuous rapport with the flesh of the world, bridging the inner or subjective world to the outer. Dance, drama, ritual all begin with this step, which is the initial point of re-membering and transformation of the butô dancer.