Friday, March 25, 2011

Spectacular Weekend Lineup at Force and Flow

Group Pilates Yoga and Prenatal Yoga Classes at Force and Flow
Force and Flow has a special place in my heart because they're on my street (don't tell anyone, but ILFA doesn't actually live on Franklin Ave - the lady and I are around the corner on Dean). If you're in the area this weekend, make sure to check out their fabulous lineup of events:

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SOUND BATH

Friday, March 25th
7:00-8:30PM
$15 Suggested Donation
(no one turned away for lack of funds)

WITH SPECIAL GUEST DIVYA ALTER

Divya Alter will co-lead this week's Sound Bath with beautiful Sanskrit chants accompanied by Katie Down on glass and crystal bowls and electric tambura.

The sound bath series at Force and Flow is a monthly sound immersion event focusing on the practice of focused presence and mindfulness in the act of listening. The sound baths provide opportunities for experiencing one full hour of continuous live sound provided by different artists working with musical drones including at various sessions: didjeridoo, sitar, crystal bowls, Tibetan bowls, Indian shruti box and chanting, drum circles, tuning fork sound therapy, urban soundwalks, and more. Each participant in the sound bath is invited to co-create sound with the facilitators when appropriate to the theme. Or, they may simply bathe in the sound with intention, visualizaiton, breath work, and mindful meditation.

Divya Alter teaches Sanskrit and sacred chanting at the Bhakti Center in Manhattan. She is a truly inspiring spiritual teacher with over 20 years of experience studying and teaching Indian spiritual philosophy, yoga, sacred singing and Sanskrit throughout Europe, India and the US. Originally from Bulgaria, she studied and taught Sanskrit in Sweden and India, and has assisted in the translation of many ancient texts. She also completed traditional Indian vocal training while living in India. Her singing is as spiritually impacting as it is beautiful. She is a co-founder of Life Learning Continuum, a non-profit educational organization, through which she shares her deep knowledge and realizations around the world.

Katie Down is a Board Certified and Licensed Music Therapist, performing artist and composer. Her music psychotherapy practice includes mindfulness, meditation, pain management with sound, individual and group therapy.

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MUSIC, DANCE AND ART JAM IN HONOR OF SWAN DAY 2011: SUPPORT WOMEN ARTISTS NOW!

SUNDAY, MARCH 27
8:00PM - LATE

An improvised art happening in celebration of SWAN Day! Bring your musical instruments, art supplies and your dancing juju. The walls will be covered in paper, the treatment room will be transformed into an otherwordly oasis featuring Kristen Timchak's organic Elixirs, and we'll fill the space with dance and live music. Impromptu performances and readings are welcome!


FREE if you bring an instrument to play, art supplies and/or food & drink to share
$5 Suggested Donation otherwise

OPEN TO ALL! YOU DON'T HAVE TO BE A WOMAN TO CELEBRATE WITH US!

This if the fourth consecutive year that Force and Flow is hosting a SWAN Day event. The idea for SWAN Day (Support Women Artists Now Day), grew out of a collaboration between Martha Richards of The Fund for Women Artists and Jan Lisa Huttner of Chicago's WITASWAN (Women in the Audiences Supporting Women Artists Now). Martha Richards, the co-founder of SWAN Day says, "This day of celebration will help people imagine what the world would be like if women’s art and perspectives were fully integrated into all of our lives. The long term goal of SWAN Day is to inspire communities to recognize and support women artists as a basic element of civic planning." For more information about SWAN Day events happening around the world, please visit www.SwanDay.org

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MONTHLY COMMUNITY CLASS: SILENT SEATED MEDITATION WITH BRENT LYMAN

SUNDAY, MARCH 27
12:00 - 1:30PM
By Donation

Through silent seated meditation, we learn to quiet the discursive everyday thinking mind. Attention is concentrated on awareness of the breath. As practice deepens, insight into our true nature is revealed.

Brent Lyman is a certified aikido instructor. He has studied Zen Meditation extensively, both in the United States and in Japan.

Once a month, Force and Flow offers a community class by donation. Each month we invite a different teacher from a variety of mind-body modalities that we feel the community would benefit from experiencing. Past classes have included Alexander Technique, Qi Gong, Authentic Movement, Pilates on the Ball, Shamanic Guided Meditation and more. If you would like to teach a community class, please email us with details.

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PANOPLY PERFORMANCE LABORATORY'S FOCUS WORKSHOP

SUNDAY, MARCH 27
2:00 - 5:00PM
FREE

Between Dec. 2010 and June 2011, PPL is conducting a series of Focus Workshops in Brooklyn, NY, investigating cultural structures, interpersonal politics, daily conceptions of reality, and institutional ecologies.

Seeking opinions, experiences, and feedback from individuals of all ages and from all backgrounds, these workshops form a public co-creation aspect of the experimental opera project Institute_Institut.

A Focus Workshop is part focus group and part thinktank. "Workshop" is used to note the performance-based perspective held by the workshop facilitators (the artists creating the project) and the performance research direction that some workshops take, depending on the interests of the participants.

Part I: Group Discussion. What are institutions? How do they function in your life? What are some of your experiences with them?

Part 2: Enactions, observations, and games.
All participants will receive a free ticket to the performances of Institute_Institut, in Fall 2011. The project is a staged documentary opera about authority, reality, institutionality, and sensibility. Issues and ideas discussed and researched through these Focus Workshops, as well as selected experiences, statements, and documentation from them (and many other forms of research) will largely form the libretto.

For more information and to RSVP, email panoplylab@gmail.com.


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