“Class is open to practitioners from all backgrounds. Exploration will be undertaken as solo practice together, as well as within clearly defined relational frames such as pairs and trios, and scored group situations that arise, change and dissolve. Themes for practice may include specific references drawn from embryological movement motifs, philosophical koans*, attention to the materiality of the body, and the use of objects as anchors or feedback transmitters.
I enjoy working with whole body, scale, space/time, detail, risk, weight, and pursuing satisfaction. There may be a palate of phrases and movement riddles as well as spontaneous forms and containers that surface across the week. We may use repetition.” – Ben Ash
*koans – a paradoxical anecdote or riddle without a solution
Ben Ash is a dance artist and Craniosacral therapist, a teacher within dance and Craniosacral therapy contexts, co-director of Dog Kennel Hill Project, and currently performing with Candoco Dance company. As an independent performer he has collaborated with Rosemary Butcher, Charles Linehan, Rosemary Lee, Richard Alston, Siobhan Davies, Charlie Morrissey and Charlotte Spencer.
Ben integrates somatic movement awareness in his clinical practice as a Craniosacral therapist. In these intersecting practices he invites collaboration through presence in the relational field, both within performance practice and as a therapist. Through a practice termed Wayfaring Encounters he is exploring how form, gesture, action and response support a ‘felt’ relational exchange, and how awareness of this process can become a resource for engaging creative practice and performance.