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Naginya

Contemporary dance artist, Australia

Asher is a movement artist, environmental teacher and a passionate believer that The Earth deserves respect for what it has given and continues to give us. She has spent her life learning and performing many art forms, focusing on contemporary dance. Her parents exposed her at an early age to environmental living, and she grew an enormous passion to learn how to minimise her environmental footprint and now inspires others to do the same. She fuses her artistic skills with her desire to spread environmental awareness in her own gently powerful, creative approach to activism. Asher creates dance works, and teaches connection and consciousness through movement and dance workshops around the world. As an eco consultant, she focuses on guiding people towards a zero-waste lifestyle as well as moving over to a plant-based diet and reducing all other environmentally detrimental lifestyle choices. Having converted to this environmentally conscious lifestyle herself, she understands the worries and questions commonly experienced and has enormous respect and patients for all who want to make a change for the benefit of all.

Finding new creativity through guided improvisation

This workshop is a heavily guided movement improvisation designed to access deeper range within your body, experiment and discover new movement textures and pathways and release the mind from preconceived ideas of what dance is or how we should look when we do it. During an hour of continuous movement, you will be lead to detatch from your normal way of dancing or moving. You will be given plentiful stimulus to inspire exploration and research within your body, and techniques and tools to allow you to access more extreme movement and find new textures outside of what your body knows. Relearn to connect with your senses and others you share space with, release from self-judgement and make the hour work for you. Whether you are a high level dancer, an avid boogier or the more sedentary variety, this workshop is designed to be what you make of it; a good stretch, a mind exercise, a training platform, a healing space, an opportunity for connection or an outlet to play and enjoy the benefits of movement and creativity.