A Weekend of Yoga*
& Movement Improvisation**
A two-day workshop led by Yoga teacher Catherine Annis and Choreographer / Director Ben Wright.
* Somatic, mindful movement which enhances our personal awareness and our relationship to space, time and others.
** the act of making choices, making things up as you go, composing while doing
The American spiritual teacher Ram Dass repeatedly encouraged a practice of intently listening to sense what the form of our dance might be – the quieter we are the more we hear. Catherine and Ben lead a weekend of uncovering, discovering, and inviting movement through the complimentary disciplines of mindful yoga and dancing.
Rooted in a dialogue between awareness and action, this unique workshop for Wainsgate Dances offers participants a range of experiences that bring sensation to the foreground to sharpen perception and spur kinetic imagination.
The workshop is suitable for dance artists, movement practitioners and those who are curious about expanding their experiences from a yoga mat into wider expressive intention.
Wainsgate Chapel is a redundant chapel standing in an elevated position above the town of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire. The chapel and its attached school are recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade II.
At Wainsgate, they celebrate the past, present and future of this historic Grade II Listed chapel by generating a diverse range of creative projects for people of all ages from near and far to enjoy.
Wainsgate Dances has been hosting world class performances since 2018, from rigorous artists, whose work questions what dance is, what it can do, who can do it, and who it’s for. Wainsgate provides a wonderful, welcoming and informal setting in which to experience the work of some great artists whose work is rarely seen outside of urban centres.
When artists are in residence, there is often an invitation for people to come in and see and talk about the work in progress giving a real sense of how dance is made and what inspires it.
About Catherine Annis
Catherine Annis is well known for her imaginative and practical approach to yoga.
Originally a professional dancer, she discovered yoga as a teenager, and has been practicing since the mid 1970s. Having studied various styles of yoga including Sivananda, Iyengar, Astanga and various forms of Hatha yoga, she eventually gravitated to the teachings of Vanda Scaravelli.
Catherine’s yoga practice and teaching focuses on strategies for downregulating the nervous system, working with breath and subtle somatic work to soothe the mind and create more physical ease for those working with pain, stress and anxiety. She holds a Masters degree in ballet studies, and is a qualified Thai massage practitioner, and it is this interest in the body which informs and inspires her teaching.
About Ben Wright
Ben Wright is an independent artist working in dance, theatre, opera and film. He trained at Ballet Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance and worked as a performer between 1991-2006.
He was Artistic co-director for Candoco Dance Company 2017-2020 and Associate Artistic Director/Choreographer for Skånes Dansteater 2014–2017. He joined the faculty at Northern School of Contemporary Dance in the UK in 2022 where he lectures in improvisation, performance, and choreography.
Recent movement work includes Orlando with Emma Corrin at The Garrick Theatre London, The Lost Thing for The Royal Opera House London and Candoco, A space in the Dark for Black Box Dance Theatre and the film of his production The Feeling of Going – a fully orchestrated staging of Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi’s album GO for Skånes Dansteater. Wright also worked as an intimacy coordinator for the Amazon film My Policeman and Funny Woman for Sky Atlantic in 2021.
As a performer Ben worked for Stan Wont Dance, Adventures in Motion Pictures, Ricochet, London Contemporary Dance Theatre, Richard Alston and Amanda Miller. In 1995 he created the role of the Prince in Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake.
Have you ever thought about becoming a qualified yoga teacher?
Take a look at Catherine's BWY accredited Intelligent Yoga Teacher Training course which is supported by renowned yoga teacher Gary Carter.
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