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Silks Workshop with Danielle Garrison – 5/19/22

Tethering, Synthetic Touch

5:30pm – 7:30pm
May 19, 2022

Concept : This research will explore the improvisation and somatic technique of tethering (horizontal non-rigged fabrics) exploring touch-in-distance and synthetic touch with each other using the fabric as a conduit of touch.

A complex interplay between a horizontal aerial fabric, various types of vertical rigged fabrics and the moving body, Tethering (a practice I developed over the past 5 years) explores corporeal and material perception within an embodied social network. Positioned in an unpredictable and ephemeral embodied gathering, we will entangle, suspend and support each other within a giant fabric loop also honing into the environment. The fabric acts as movement conduits between each participant, creating a responsive physical dialogue that is both distant and intimate, internal and external, receiving and giving. Bodies, fabrics, nature. Do trees touch back?

Tethering transforms the aerial fabric into an instrument that positions us to re-invent connection in our changing relationship with communication in a post-body era.

All levels class

Danielle Garrison

Danielle Garrison creates interactive, horizontal aerial experiences to re-ignite embodied interaction (via synthetic touch).

Danielle is an MFA Dance (somatics/aerial arts) graduate from the University of Colorado-Boulder. Danielle was a Fulbright France grantee affiliated as an aerial artist in residence with La Grainerie in Toulouse, France. Additionally, she was a resident artist at Nils Obstrat (Paris) and participated in the Circus Dialogues Project (Brussels). Danielle has performed and/or taught as an independent artist at the Berlin Circus Festival, Les Rencontres de Danse Aérienne/Nantes, Frequent Flyers® Aerial Dance Festival/Denver, the San Francisco Aerial Dance, Santa Barbara Floor to Air Festival, Aerial Greece/Athens.

Danielle currently lives between Montréal and Montpellier doing a research-creation PhD at Concordia University and University of Montpellier 3 (en cotutelle) and is a Visiting Artist for the Mondes Visuels Project at the Ecole du Media Arts in Grand Chalon (France) as a Fulbright Specialist, and will be on the Fulbright Specialist Roster (2021-2025).

Suggested Donation

Suggested donation for two-hour Tethering, Synthetic Touch workshop is $70 per person.