The practice of embodied movement and dance is a creative and effective approach to living in a way which engages the body and mind in exploring life’s challenges. This may encourage change through physical experiencing, movement and dance as well as mental insight. Movement may be accompanied by image making. Finding deeper contact with true nature, may reveal self-confidence in daily life and increased self-awareness.
This practice is founded on the principles of somatic experiencing (body experience), expression and communication through movement and stillness, as well as with words. The central thesis is that of layers of memory (both collective and individual) held in the body at the level of the cells, organs and regulatory systems that may become available through attunement, resonance and dialogue, thus indicating the body as holding a key to further discovery. Attention to this practice may facilitate the integration of thought, emotion, physical sensation and movement by exploring patterns of moving, relating and being. An attitude of mindfulness is cultivated through connection to the sensing and feeling aspects of the self.
Body focused work enables movement through layers of thought, belief and story. There may be opportunity to become aware of habitual movement patterns, muscle tensions and breathing patterns. As these come to the conscious mind there may be room for new possibilities and resolutions to fixed developmental issues, experience and other psychological difficulties, breathing space for growth, creative development and new possibilities. Breath and body awareness may be used as a resource to staying present to whatever is happening here and now. Becoming visible and acceptable to oneself may bring compassion and integrity and healing.
World Environment Day
A Platform for Action
World Environment Day (WED) June 5th each year, is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.
Helen has participated in World Environment since 2009 and for the last few years has been a Co Facilitator of the Event for Web Art Garden, an international network of people interested in art, culture and environmental issues and who want to share experiences from their own ecology through artistic activity. Web Art Garden provides an independent forum for ecological dialogue and exchange at a national and international level between individuals, as well as organizations and institutions.
Web Art Garden was conceived in 1997 by Suprapto Suryodarmo of Padepokan Lemah Putih, Solo, Java, Indonesia. Web Art Garden has its roots in non-stylised movement and dance.
In 2016 Helen created a World Environment Day Ritual Dance performed for the peace and harmony of the planet invited artists and dancers to join near the River Thames on Christchurch Meadows in Oxford.
Art in Situ – European Artist Residency Exchanges
Helen has worked with many artists bringing embodied movement as an integral part of her artistic practice to artistic cultural dialogues. In 2009 she participated in a European Artist Residency in Oxford University Harcourt Arboretum working with the land to create new work in community.