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Morning Class : Nathaniel Parchment

Nathaniel Parchment performing at Fest e Fest Alumni Platform, photo Henri T

Informed by Afro-Caribbean heritage and queer identity, Nathaniel’s current practice enquires into electronic dance music cultures as mechanisms for ‘being with’ oneself, others, the world and ancestry.

The sessions will incorporate western somatic body-mind practices and infant developmental patterns of movement, and will explore ways of attending to ‘rhythms of relating’ coming from social dance forms of music and improvisation.

In a new development, this week of classes Nathaniel will be joined by DJ Hannah Holland and House dance artist Frankie J. They will inform your own movement research with their enquiries into  the interplay of DJ and dancer, movement and music, collective witnessing and unspoken communications.

This co-teaching experiment is an attempt to interface adjacent communities of practice, working towards an integrative approach to diverse dance styles and cultures in future programming at ID.

Class schedule:
Monday – Nathaniel Parchment
Tuesday – Nathaniel Parchment, Hannah Holland
Wednesday – Nathaniel Parchment, Hannah Holland, Frankie J
Thursday – Nathaniel Parchment, Frankie J
Friday – Nathaniel Parchment

Further information
Enquiries explored by the three artists include:
How can the witnessing in Authentic Movement practice and the witnessing in the House Dance cypher  inform each other? How can music and rhythm inform the patterns explored in Bartenieff Fundamentals?

What are the materialities of the communications between dancer and DJ. What is seen, heard, felt and decided upon? What and how is that field resonating?

Is there a link between the regulating counterpoint of mother and foetal heartbeat in utero, and, the regulating counterpoint of beat, bass and body in the electronic dance music space?
How do temporal rhythms have affect on the development of our relations with the world and each other?
Is perhaps one of those links to be found in the ritual and tribal communication practices of drumming and therefore, how does electronic dance music still resonate with the inheritance of African drumming languages.


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.