Still Stay Home Stay Connected

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I´m taking time to write, to dance in my small apartment(!!!) …Teaching teaching Teaching 8 classes a week on Zoom, gratefully, each week including one a week through Movement Research….the schedule will be below at the end……..

Update from my previous blog post.. YES, there will be a ZOOM workshop in connection with Taipei….end of June, Early July.  Yay!! and although I won´t be missing the flying I will be missing deeping the Zero Balancing – Hands on parts of my previous (annually since 2016) time with the community. And, the food!! extraordinary ! And the close encounters with the generosity of the community. But, I will still be seeing them faces, feeling their spirit, and teaching them. Specifics coming next post.

BERLIN- there will be four 2 hour classes over a period of 6 weeks, – as it is on Zoom, it can be quite international, with Tanzfabrik…4 Fridays, the first one on May 15 4-6 Berlin Time..

 

Details on their website and my next post.

This on line method of connecting, teaching , zooming, sharing will most likely continue through end of June, – depending on the plans of Movement Research.

My email address, should you wish to contact me is barbmahler@aol.com for ZOOM ID and Password

My Zoom Schedule is, and has been since March 19,—–Mondays 830am

Tuesdays 1015 and 2 pm……………………Wednesdays– Fridays 1015

My classes are open to all, suggested 8-15$

Thursdays 1pm with Movement Research…please sign up on their website or eblast…very inspiring, international, large, fun, grounding.

Stay safe, stay healthy, help others, be kind.

Stay tuned for workshop details AND QUEENSBORO DANCE FESTIVAL performances.

Photo credits…Me, except for the 4 headshots – Julie Lemberger

Below – Performance MIX 33 2019 Kathryn Butler.

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What’s now going on

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right now, my Website class/workshop schedule is not quite updated.

My zoom classes, until further notice, are Monday 830am-10am, Tuesday-Friday 10-15-1155. Tuesday at 2pm and Thursday 1 -215 with MOVEMENT RESEARCH. Message them for info on that class!!!

Yes.  i have been negligent in my writings…so much has happened this year, these 6-8 months….so I begin where I am at this moment.

Recently, i was to post my “happening now” travels/tour to Europe – Vienna, Berlin and London–Taipei in June., my performances at in NORTHHAMPTON, WIP  first in March, and then maybe…?…???? so many question marks.!

Everything has moved around, and I have learned how to ZOOM!!! and being a novice, with an IPAD, I have often inadvertently shut myself off (smile) , or had the IPAD drop on its face with much yelling from the students (smile) “WE CAN”T SEE YOU”.. and so on.

Week 3 1/2. teaching almost everyday – Love seeing the faces and smiles, kitchens and bodies of so many beautiful people – it warms my heart and soul, and helps me to stand on my feet. Even without the energy of the bodies, feeling both connected and so far away, I am moved,- it is the highlight of my days almost 30 days. I stretch inside myself to see more specifics of the moving bodies, the deep connections. My intentions – my teachings  – grounding, being together, time for the mind to release the tension of this now we are in….friends see each other, and people from the past many many years !join with and meet new.  I feel it is so important to connect with everyone by name -and watch with great attention. The tiny important details of movement, addressing by name. It is a tiny thing but it is what humanity is – being together, being present.  92243605_10158097911959720_2738969548819529728_oI still try for my silly jokes – still works!

On the weekends I have been taking long walks along the Hudson River during my weekend “Residencies” as I work on material, and dancing. I visit my most favorite Hudson Downtown walkway. Pinky my little rides in the carrier for most of the 2-3 miles.90982788_10158061973024720_2486568008894382080_o

This week I was to be at Tanzfabril, Berlin – an Easter Workshop, 25 hours. We are doing 2 zoom classes – one hour each Wedneday April 15 and Friday April 17.  The link below tells more of my thoughts and experiences of these past weeks along with class info..click on day 1 for that.

https://timetomeettanzfabrik.wordpress.com/2020/04/14virtual-oster-tanz-day-1/

https://timetomeettanzfabrik.wordpress.com/2020/04/15virtual-oster-tanz-day-2/

And LONDON…at IDA was to be a weekend workshop April 18-19..We will be doing 2 1/2 hours Both on Saturday and Sunday

https://ndependentdance.co.uk/klein-technique-with-barbara-mahler/

 

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My rambling thoughts on recent teachings…

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I have been teaching a lot, and therefore learning a lot about the body, about connecting, about relating, about moving. Without teaching I myself would probably no longer be interested in moving, especially  in the subtle, and expressive ways I love because the journey then, as a solo artist, would be too deep to go alone.

From some of my workshops this past year I have written about some of my experiences. Most are directly connected to and inspired by the particular group of people I was working with.

Here are some of my random thoughts….

Some of the hardest things to do in a short period of time is to change the way one thinks about how they should ¨look¨, what ¨good alignment is¨, what does it mean to ¨let go¨,; how to integrate  large amounts of information, both on a body and an intellectual level; how to be confident in a process of not knowing, not fully understanding – to trust. .

How do we practice , especially alone, without over-analyzing, without worry;  using imagery, direction and patience to support the daily work. Regardless of the style, aesthetic, viewpoint, perspective, – it all takes practice that is thoughtful, and physically exploratory.

Align the bones, using thought /direction, and gravity, and the muscles, tissue, fascia will sort itself out over time, allowing a new structure to evolve. Change happens slowly, over time, and can happen so slowly that by the time we realize there has been a shift, it can seem sudden,-sparked by one minute, one hour, one movement, one class although in reality change is slow , and non-linear.

Sensations, small aches, pains, soreness are fleeting experiences that come and go. They are seductive at times, drawing our attention away from the simplicity and steadiness of our practice, potentially overriding the work we do with the body structure. The skeleton itself has no real sensation.

All too often  these sensations, feelings, became the base upon which we place our attention.  These experience are important, as they can keep us excited and interested but they do not necessarily lend themselves to deep change, to a deep knowing of  who we are; ourselves and the way we move in the world in our bodies .

Think of, imagine the movement. Refrain, as best you an, to fit everything you feel into a linear container of right and wrong, of black and white. Learning is a process, revealing itself over time with patience and practice. Sometimes change happens and cannot be simply explained, or intellectually understood but clearly, it has occurred.

Let the body learn. Use information to relax the mind, for the body cannot be directed by thoughts, but it can be directed through imagery, movement and breath.

Now more than 40 years ago, it is understood that the mind and body are not separate, and practiced imagery/direction creates change by helping to override the habitual movement patterns.

I love the work i teach, i practice, for I want to continue to improve as a teacher, bodyworker/healer/helper, dancer, person.

video from NDA Performance Mix 33 at University Settlement Speyer Hall by Jacob Hiss

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What´s been happening!

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It been a very fruitful year….travels to Chile in October 2018, teaching in Santiago, and choreographing/performing in Conception, as part of the BIOBIO Festival. This event was characterized by warm, passionate dancers, who embraced my choreography and after 4 days of rehearsal, owning it deliciously on stage. I performed my solo  ¨ ARriveD ¨….Mahler’s work drew us into her introspective world…her movements were, at first, static with accents of s hand, head or foot slamming against the surface. Mahlerś was movement that harkened back to an earlier era of Modern Dance,performed with great skill and attention” Jeff Slayton.

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I was joined by teacher, choreographer, dancer Marcela Ortiz de Zarate.

October 2019 promises to bring another fabulous experience at the Bio Bio Festival61200431_10157183505899720_5893717121875050496_n

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April 2019 brought travels to Vienna, Austria and Berlin, Germany, for their annual Easter Workshops, where I taught workshops in Klein Technique, at TanzQuarier, Wien, training@tqw.at   and Tanzbrik, Berlin , which shows hope of a Easter workshop return 2020!

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June presented itself with performances at Soltice, and NewDanceAlliance´s 33 anniversary festival. I performed a solo entitled ¨In Bundled Postures¨, which can also be seen in various venues of the 5 QueensboroDanceFestival – all over QUEENS!

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An Alphabet of Limbs Copyphoto¨:Christopher

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And late June/early July brought my forth Klein Technique, advanced and beginner, workshops in Taipei…..with HORSE DANCE THEATER.

I love those people.!!

more writing coming soon.x

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What’s new this summer?

20160702_115654 (1)I have just returned from working with HORSE dance Theater, Taipai, my third visit in three years. Plans are already in the works for summer 2018 – we always work at around the same time every year ..Mid June to early July.

Every year has so far been exciting, different and full of fun and new friends. This year included a ZB1 class, and more zero balancing sessions than ever before -Klein/Mahler and Zero Balancing fit so well together. The quality of the week – “Lightness”

What;s next?

Summer MELT!! with Movement Research- July 16-20…1-3, the basic stretch and placement class with theory and movement weaving together.

Ongoing classes with Movement Research Tuesdays Thursdays and Fridays 10-12..check class calendar for specifics–through August 18

Zero Balancing Sessions…Contact me for details…in Manhattan and in Queens

 

 

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Klein Technique in Minneapolis coming soon!!!

Minneapolis! coming soon

Hola! my return to friends and Klein technique teaching and zero balancing sessions take place Friday evening – Sunday afternoon May 18-20.  Theory, Practice, space and time to integrate.

Contact Jennifer Arave on Facebook event Klein Technique w Barbara Mahler or araveji@gmail.com

Workshop – Friday evening, Saturday 11-430, and Sunday 11-3

Zero Balancing Sessions are still available mainly on Saturday evening May 19.


check calendar for contact

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AND NOW!!

  1. 17358576_10155190254199720_1042633709424620787_oBarbara Mahler is a longtime and active member of the New York Dance Community  dancer,  choreographer, performer, movement educator and zero Balancing practitioner and faculty (1989). She has been teaching for above 30 years and is instrumental in the development and dissemination of Klein Technique. She was associate director of the Susan Klein School of Dance from 1983-2004, building on her studies of this technique since 1978. Barbara was a Movement Research artist-in-residence from 2001-03, and 2006-2008;  a faculty member at Movement Research since 2005. She teaches worldwide in a variety of contexts, in ongoing education programs, festivals and open workshops. As a choreographer, she works with subtle and complex movements, with the themes of time and architecture. Her solo work has been shown in New York City – St. Mark’s Church, Abrons Art Center, with New Dance Alliance; as the RAD festival  Michigan, and in Santa Barbara,CA with ARTBARK International.  She received a BA from Hunter College under the direction of Dorothy Vislocky and her MFA from UWM-Milwaukee 2008. \

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    20180220_150642 (1)JOIN ME, with dancers Jamie Graham and Trina Mannino, choreographers and MEGHAN FREDERICK/ETHAN WOODS APRIL 27 and 28 at Brooklyn Studios for DANCE…a shared evening of works, works in process      8pm

$20  tickets 
Brooklyn Studios for Dance
210 Lafayette Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

BkSD is pleased to announce a shared evening of dance by choreographers Barbara Mahler and Meghan Frederick/Ethan Woods.

Mahler’s work embodies sparse, architectural elements, often noted as “moving sculpture.” Capturing underlying emotional tones that are kinesthetically experienced by the viewer, Barbara Mahler offers two new pieces in this shared evening. First, a solo, performed and choreographed by Barbara Mahler, will be followed by the duet “when we ARrived, performed by her longtime dancers Jamie Graham and Trina Mannino. The duet is a stark portrait of kinship and intimacy, reflecting the sense of support that women in our culture are lending to one another. Both dances will be performed in silence.  “. . . Mahler’s (work) drew us into her introspective world . . . Her movements were, at first, static with accents of a hand, head or foot slamming against the surface. Mahler’s was movement that harkened back to an earlier era of Modern Dance, performed with great skill and attention.” – Jeff Slayton of See Dance.

Mahler’s dances are created with the support of BkSD as a 2018 artist in residence, Lift-Off, a group feedback series led by Karen Bernard and NDA, and Movement Research, which supports the artist by engaging her as a teaching artist since 2005-present.

‘no such thing’, a collaborative duet performed by Meghan Frederick (dancer) and Ethan Woods (musician), utilizes egalitarian relationships between Ethan’s and Meghan’s bodies and sound-making capabilities to research the role of performance as spiritual practice under late capitalist Trumpism.       Created over the last 10 months, between North Carolina and New York City, in a shipping container in Red Hook, Brooklyn, and at/with support from the Dragon’s Egg (CT), ‘no such thing’ is an eerily hilarious dance, featuring alien abductions, radio jingles, Mork and Mindy sweaters, and lots and lots of shapes. Join the artists on this shiny, failed quest for enlightenment, or at least something that feels equally sparkly.

Launched in April 2015, Brooklyn Studios for Dance lives within the historic Cadman Congregational Church in Clinton Hill, Brooklyn. Inspired by a shared reverence for gathering space, the church congregation and the dance community entered a partnership to share a facility. The mission of BkSD is to a serve the professional dance community while at the same time building a culture of local engagement that responds to the interests of both communities.

Since officially opening its doors, BkSD has offered a variety of classes, workshops, residencies and performances to the professional and non-professional community. This past year, BkSD engaged over 1000 participants and over 150 teachers and artists.

BkSD was initiated by Pepper Fajans who led a renovation effort of the church’s 1920s-era gymnasium and developed a programming structure for the organization. Together with a volunteer community of dancers, and with the generous help of a founding team, Fajans transformed the 30’ x 60’ column-free space into a vibrant dance studio, with a sprung Marley floor. BkSD is Directed Pepper Fajans.

For Tickets: Eventbrite ticket link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-shared-evening-barbara-mahler-and-meghan-frederick-tickets-44538156826
For More Information: 
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Klein Technique w Barbara Mahler

Join me Every Tuesday and Thursday

Klein Technique aka Stretch and Placement w Movement Research Tuesday and Thursday 10-12 Eden’s Expressway. 537 Broadway avec moi
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