The heart of the programme, and its fundamental element, is to put into practice the concepts and philosophy behind Release*. “Release is a body/mind integrative technique through which engagement with imagery enhances and inspires imaginative responses and bodily movement. Images for consideration in Release are initially anatomical, and/or created from physics principles applied to dance, dreams, desires, memories, future projections, social protests and strong reactions. Any source that inspires the individual to a coherent and identifiable response, and that may be presented as metaphor for consideration may be useful as inspiration within a Release practice. It may be used as a source for correction of alignment in movement. The Release process inspires movement vocabulary, and indicates constructs of thought that may be used in movement creation and compositional decision making” (Mary O’Donnell)
The Release experience can be identified as physical, metaphysical and meditative process, referring to all three at once. It creates an immediate construction of an essential alertness within a vocabulary of movement and stillness.
Release is an active formulation of paradigms which increase the awareness of its practitioners. The intérprete_performer becomes more conscious of him/herself as a flexible construction of thought and action, and through this consciousness is capable of directing, guiding and abandoning control according to what is necessary in each context. In addition, it enables a scenario for the unveiling of a human being with results that include a more comprehensive vision of psycho/physical development, and the reflection of this in life and work. Fundamentally, The intérprete_performer can find him/herself more integrated as a person, as much as an artist/teacher/maker.
*Release: to let go, to free, to allow to move, to let fall, to detach.