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Mask & The World Somatic Dance Atelier, by Speranza Spir

Mask and The World
Mask and The World

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

July 23-31, 2012

The process of understanding one’s anatomy and the experience of soul and genealogy of place involve a prying apart of the self to uncover the ever resonating essence of personal identity and biological genealogy. In this week-long workshop we will encounter parts of our Self through interaction with the natural environment of Kefalonia. Through holistic movement explorations based on the Holistic Gymnastics Ehrenfried method, as well as Butoh dance practice, participants will ponder questions and notions pertaining to belonging and root-identity, and articulate response through collective and individual creation and choreography to uncover and inform the relationships between the body and self, place, identity and belonging. The use of these two methods suggests the shape-shifting and somatic potentials that will come together and accrue specific meaning for all participating.

Ehrenfried Holistic Gymnastics is a movement approach bringing equilibrium via the intelligence of the body. It is based on simple movements, verbally suggested by the practitioner, encouraging proprioception and personal awareness. In turn, this exploration of movement enables the participant with musculoskeletal agility, aiding the body to liberate itself of automatisms and habits which can be a source of tension, pain, and compression. The repertoire of movements encourages active rest, joint alignment, mobility & muscle toning, all the while rhythmic breathing guiding the way movements are executed. Gradually, the internal organs regulate from the effects of rhythmic breathing; behaviour modifying itself in tandem with changes in physical habits giving way to the joy of movement and discovery of self. Butoh is a form of dance theatre originating in Japan out of the post-World War II era, partly as opposition to America’s bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as in protest of Western materialism. Butoh work calls on the body’s work, its changing conditions through stillness and physicality, and linking one to the essential and raw experiences of physical and spiritual states.

The workshop will take place at the Ionion Center for Arts and Culture from July 23-31, 2012.

Every day: 9h-14h.

Maximum participants: 12

This workshop will be given in English.

Fee for the 8 day atelier 450 euros (due by day 2 of the workshop)

Day 8 will involve a site specific public performance.

The site and time is to be determined as we evolve as a group.

1 day drop-in participation is permitted exclusively on July 23rd. Cost is 75 euros.

Open to all. Please forward your name and contact information with a short bio and why you are interested in doing this workshop.

For furthers inquiries please contact the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture here.

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Autumn Patricia Ahn, Exhibition and Workshop Announcement

"Carousel" photos from the 4 sides of Ahn's outdoor sculptural installation.
"Carousel" photos from the 4 sides of Ahn's outdoor sculptural installation

 Autumn Patricia Ahn, Exhibition and Workshop Announcement

Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture

September – October 2011

Autumn Patricia Ahn is an artist from Boston, MA, USA. She focuses on creating large-scale installations that utilize the architecture and localized narratives of a site. Her environments are often seen as shrines commemorating the influence of the communities surrounding her immediate physical site. Drawing on influences from her cultural immersion in Kefalonia as well as her study of theocratic societies–past, present, and future, she will create a site-specific “shrine” for the Ionian Center for Arts & Culture, aiming to communicate with the viewers through the narrative visual language often found in religious and ritualistic contexts. The installation will be on view & open to the public while it is in progress (on select days) and for the two-day workshop.

Ahn will instruct a class in making a traditional non-glue stitch binding book, using a technique called the “Long Stitch”. From beginning to end, the process will be instructed based on time, counting, and continual motion.

Artist Website

Autumn Ahn

 Photos of Autumn Ahn’s work

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Mohammed Musallam, Lectures on Palestinian Art and Personal Exhibition

 

Abstract Painting by Mohammed Musallam
Abstract Painting by Mohammed Musallam

The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is pleased to welcome Palestinian artist Mohammed Musallam who will present a series of Lectures on Palestinian Art at the Center between the 18th and 24th of July, 2011. Mr Musallam will also present a Personal Exhibition of his paintings, as well as a video-art display.

About the artist

Mohammed Musallam was born in Gaza in 1974 after his family had been dislocated from the historic Palestine as a consequent of the 1948 war. He holds a Bachelor degree in Painting from Al Najah University and a Masters degree in Painting from Helwan University, Cairo. He currently resides in Gaza and works there as a lecturer of “Painting and the History of Palestinian Arts” at the College of Arts, Al Aqsa University.

From his first steps as a university student he became greatly influenced by the abstract art processes and approaches.

In his Art, he focuses on portraying a range of humanistic issues, which go beyond the limitations imposed by any prevailing time-related matters, which may be oppressive and persistent simultaneously. At the same time, he concentrates on conveying the notion of the preservation of our humaneness amid the harshness of our environment as one of the most important reasons for our existence.

Artist’s Website

Mohammed Musallam

Abstract Painting by Mohammed Musallam
Abstract Painting by Mohammed Musallam
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Drifters Project, Art Workshop and Installation, Kefalonia 2011

Pam Longobardi - Drifters Project
Pam Longobardi - Drifters Project

The Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture is pleased to announce and welcome Pam Longobardi and Craig Dongoski with the Drifters Project in Kefalonia island, between the 20th of July, and 1st August 2011.

About the Workshop

Pam Longobardi offers a 3-day ocean plastic art/science workshop.

“I will first educate participants about the dangers and problems of plastic pollution, its impact on wildlife, humans and tourism.  We will locate the most plastic-impacted beaches and then perform a beach cleanup. Like forensic scientists and detectives, we will clean, sort and examine all the collected materials to see what we can learn.”

Participants will then assist the artist in the creation of artwork for her exhibition, learning about construction methods, including a large community ‘driftweb’ sculpture.  Sound artist Craig Dongoski will work with participants recording their own stories about plastic, the ocean and the objects collected.  Craig will then create sound sculptures for the exhibition with the participants voices playing throughout the space.

About the Drifters Project

In 2006, Pam Longobardi founded the Drifters Project, an environmental intervention project that documents and exposes the natural cost of the human convenience of plastic by looking at marine debris and its journey around the world oceans. In 2008, she began working with community groups to expand the scale and scope of project to new locales and creating collaborative public art.  She has made dozens of collecting missions to Hawaii, Costa Rica, China and Italy, and US locations, organizing cleanups and community education at each site. She has created community-based projects in the following locations: Beijing, China during the 2008 Olympics with residences of a ‘trash village’; Nicoya, Costa Rica with students of Universidad Nacional, and in Greenville, SC, with high school art students.

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Artist’s Website

Pam Longobardi

 

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Double Vision Dance Performance and Workshop, Kefolonia 2011

 

Workshops: July 5-8 [Tues-Fri]
Performance: July 9 [Sat]
Where: Ionian Center, Metaxata 28100, Island Kefalonia, Greece
Info: info@ionionartscenter.gr | +30 69843 00009

 

Double Vision Recession Special Tour
Double Vision Recession Special Tour

 

“γνῶθι σεαυτόν”

United States based intermedia performance group DOUBLE VISION is teaming up with collaborative artists Ellen Smith Ahern and Lida Winfield to present a series of workshops, artist talks, and performances at the Ionian Center for the Arts and Culture. Participants will be immersed in the exploration of contemporary dance, movement, and experimental arts. After spending six days with DOUBLE VISION on the pristine Island Kefalonia, all involved will walk away refreshed and inspired.

The workshop includes:
– 6 DAYS STAY in double occupancy room
– Participation to the entire program (4-9 July, 2011)
– Breakfast
– Certificate of Participation
– Free Participation to the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture Open Programs

Workshop Schedule:
Tuesday, July 5, 2011: Artist Talk
Wednesday, July 6, 2011: Workshop in Improvisation
Thursday, July 7, 2011: Dance Master Class
Friday, July 8, 2011: Artist Talk or Open Rehearsal
Saturday, July 9, 2011: Evening performance

Workshop Details:
DOUBLE VISION Artist Talk. [Sean Clute and Pauline Jennings]
DOUBLE VISION will give an overview of their work while emphasizing collaboration, interaction, and the use of science and technology in the art-making process. Because DOUBLE VISION’s work incorporates diverse media including dance, painting, sculpture, video, music and omputer programming, the talk will be relevant and interesting for a diverse audience.

Master Class for Dancers, Storytellers, Poets and the Performing Artist [by Lida Winfeld]
Using improvisation, Lida will lead the group to explore ways of creating stories and movement. By sharing our stories through movement and narrative, participants will build bridges between each other and contribute to the growth of community. Creativity and an open mind is all that is needed to enjoy this workshop; all sizes and abilities welcome.

Contemporary Dance Master Class [by Pauline Jennings]
Students will be given the opportunity to learn works from the DOUBLE VISION dance repertoire directly from choreographer Pauline Jennings and company dancers. The class can be adjusted to suit beginner to advanced dance technique needs.

Performance Program:
Duplexity is a contemporary dance solo inspired by the idea that a single message may be sent simultaneously in two directions.

The woods are deep is a dance duet rooted in images of moving water, hawks, deer, and humans in the map of an imaginary landscape.

Know Thyself (γνῶθι σεαυτόν) is a live animation in which interpretations of Greek mythology are improvised.

Fee:
360 Euro per person [includes six days residency, workshops, performance] . Payable in the Center’s registered account or through our Paypal Account.

 

Double Vision’s website

www.double-vision.biz

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Paula Doepfner Solo Exhibition, Kefalonia 2011

Artist Paula Doepfner presented her Solo Exhibition and a Performance at the Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture between the 1st and 8th of April 2011.

Paula Doepfner performance
Paula Doepfner, Performance

In Paula’s words:

“The drawings I developed for my solo exhibition at Ionion Center for the Arts refer to the structure of Kefalonia’s landscape, especially to the movement of the sea. Also there is a connection between the reference to landscape and personal experience. The drawings reflect a study of nature, but they also embody the vicissitudes of inner states, feelings and wishes. In my work I try to capture and express the ephemerality of emotions. In correspondence to the drawings I built a large organic sculpture. I used natural materials that I found on the island to produce the object. Its shape are informed by my exploration of the landscape of Kefalonia.”

Paula Doepfner organic sculpture
Organic sculpture, Paula Doepfner

 

Artist Website:
www.pauladoepfner.com

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