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Morning Class : Francesca Matthys

A multi-heritage woman with mid back length, dark brown curly hair wearing a beige tank top and a layered and bunched beige long skirt is onstage with beige and cream clothing draped above the stage in the background. Her body is facing front, with her head turned to her left. Her left arm is extended out at her side towards the floor while her right arm is bent across her chest with her hand extending towards the side of her neck.
Francesca Matthys, Les Théâtres de la Ville. Photo Bohumil Kostohryz

Identities informed by dissolved [racial, cultural and artistic] histories often disrupt the direct connections to ancestral wisdoms and affect one’s lived experience of identity.

These classes are informed by Francesca’s known South African lineage, spiritual and artistic practice.  Participants will be guided through a compassionate yet rigorous practice encompassing improvisational score and choreographic explorations, acknowledging the pelvis as a site that holds ancestral wisdoms, intuition and identity, as well as original adaptations of the Nama Stap Dance that find rhythm in the feet.

These classes will encourage heat in our bodies as well as moments of breath, introspection, grounding, play, embodied storytelling and connection to intuition through an awareness of ancestry. This developing practice aims to offer all individuals an opportunity to delve deeper into their nuanced ways of connecting to ancestry through the body and movement. Thus it also encourages alternative routes for exploring our ever-changing identities and an affirmation and validation within the self.


Cancellations & refunds  

Prices for classes are kept very low and are subsidized by ID in order to support artists to attend. To keep admin manageable for our small team, we don’t offer refunds if you cancel or can’t attend a class, and we can’t transfer your booking to a different class/event. We hope this is understandable. If a class is cancelled or changed by ID however, we do offer refunds/transfers to everyone who has booked.