Lisa Stertz The Body WithIn

The Body WithIn — on Teaching Awareness and Performance

»The Body WithIn« is a concept or formula for any-body, that wants to investigate in the/ir body as a tool and vehicle for communication and creative output. If there is anything we are together with at all times, it is our body. So why not be curious about it?

»The Body WithIn« is to experience how the/a/our body reacts and relates to its surroundings. Further it is to create awareness of how we learnt to (not) listen and (not) use our body, that may thus allow ourselves to change and adapt to what we feel is more appropriate and honest in order to live among each other as well as on this planet respectfully and in dignity.

»The Body WithIn« encompasses exercises that start — as the title emphasises — from within the body (meditation and breathing) to gain self-awareness and to raise consciousness towards (1) ones own body, (2) ones own body to space and (3) to other bodies. It will investigate different performance methodologies and strategic forms for creation. Techniques will evolve from sacred and intimate spaces of human presence and identity, to highly aesthetic and mediatized imagery in living sculptures and performative jam sessions. Participants will create multiple performances, based on their own complex identities and personal sense of body politics.

All these exercises stem from and will include my (embodied) knowledge in performativity, phenomenology, philosophy, media studies, visual arts, butoh, noguchi-taiso, buddhism, taiji, daoism, performing as a practice, martial arts and meditation.

»The Body WithIn« can unfold in different formats: It can be (1) a one-day-intensive, (2) a multiple days workshop (three to five to eight days for example), or (3) a weekly class that spans over a couple of weeks.

In my teachings I intend to create a temporary community with my participants. Trust is an important value. Trust into the self, aka ones own body, and trust into ones fellows. Everybody is of the same origin, as in a human entity. When we show, play and perform in a class/workshop, we offer ourselves to our co-participants as well as they offer themselves to us. There is a constant giving. Giving in circulation; one could say it is our currency. A currency that acts in the realms of trust, acceptance and allowance. There is curiosity, trial and error. There is togetherness in individuality. Everything is allowed and every-body is allowed. My teachings do not need a pre-expertised body. My teachings only need your will power and interest to fully experience your body and bodily potential!

Lisa Stertz, December 2019

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