Benn Rasmussen

Movement Practices towards a de-Limited Body
Tues & Thurs 12-2pm, April 19 - 28 at Gibney

This class will aid you in establishing a new relationship to the power, presence and capacity of your body’s movement. Taught as an accumulation of material, the class moves continually from beginning to end, adding on layers of movement while focusing the mind so that each decision has a full sense of the self within it. By taking the body to its physical, mental and spiritual limits, a redefining of potential can be explored at that critical moment in the movement practice where change can occur. When struggle is the most present occupation of the mind and body, we will affirm our power by challenging our strength and increasing our flexibility. As a four part progression to be taken in succession or dropped-in on, this class will explore a characteristic of movement potential: earthen, lightness, fluidity and heat. All of this exploration rounds out with a delicious moment to stretch, rest and affirm. You will not feel rushed, rather you will feel so complete.

BIO

Benn Rasmussen cares deeply about the human body and believes in its ability to hold meaning and create deep expressions of experience. With a focus in maximizing the variety of ways dance can inform his creative practice he holds many roles in the community as choreographer, performer, teacher, producer, curator, administrator and organizer. As a teacher and choreographer he draws information and inspiration from his Vinyasa yoga practice, extensive research into the current visual arts practices and deepening his relationship to an accurate understanding of history; both in the arts and culture. He currently works with a group of five dancers on a weekly basis investigating movement ideas and building works, he is particularly devoted and fond of the process with these individuals. Benn holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification from OM Yoga Center. He makes his home in a unique artist loft in Bushwick, Brooklyn, with eight other active artistic and academic individuals and five cats. This loft’s rooftop also doubles as a summertime venue as a dance performance/dance party: RoofTop Performance Series, that he and four other producers began in summer 2010. Recently, he was part of The Adventure 2010, an advanced choreographic research laboratory led by Trajal Harrell in conjunction with Danspace Project. Benn works as the studio manager at Kula Yoga Project in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, serves as a personal assistant and archivist to Meredith Monk and shares the role as co-House Manager at Danspace Project.

Benn Rasmussen

Movement Practices towards a de-Limited Body
Tues & Thurs 12-2pm, April 19 - 28 at Gibney

This class will aid you in establishing a new relationship to the power, presence and capacity of your body’s movement. Taught as an accumulation of material, the class moves continually from beginning to end, adding on layers of movement while focusing the mind so that each decision has a full sense of the self within it. By taking the body to its physical, mental and spiritual limits, a redefining of potential can be explored at that critical moment in the movement practice where change can occur. When struggle is the most present occupation of the mind and body, we will affirm our power by challenging our strength and increasing our flexibility. As a four part progression to be taken in succession or dropped-in on, this class will explore a characteristic of movement potential: earthen, lightness, fluidity and heat. All of this exploration rounds out with a delicious moment to stretch, rest and affirm. You will not feel rushed, rather you will feel so complete.

BIO

Benn Rasmussen cares deeply about the human body and believes in its ability to hold meaning and create deep expressions of experience. With a focus in maximizing the variety of ways dance can inform his creative practice he holds many roles in the community as choreographer, performer, teacher, producer, curator, administrator and organizer. As a teacher and choreographer he draws information and inspiration from his Vinyasa yoga practice, extensive research into the current visual arts practices and deepening his relationship to an accurate understanding of history; both in the arts and culture. He currently works with a group of five dancers on a weekly basis investigating movement ideas and building works, he is particularly devoted and fond of the process with these individuals. Benn holds a BFA in Dance from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities and a 200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Certification from OM Yoga Center. He makes his home in a unique artist loft in Bushwick, Brooklyn, with eight other active artistic and academic individuals and five cats. This loft’s rooftop also doubles as a summertime venue as a dance performance/dance party: RoofTop Performance Series, that he and four other producers began in summer 2010. Recently, he was part of The Adventure 2010, an advanced choreographic research laboratory led by Trajal Harrell in conjunction with Danspace Project. Benn works as the studio manager at Kula Yoga Project in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, serves as a personal assistant and archivist to Meredith Monk and shares the role as co-House Manager at Danspace Project.