Movement Laboratory led by Nissa Nishikawa and Michele Occelli | Sound intervention with Ebe Oke 2014

Lower Hewood Farm

The point of departure for this laboratory is to focus the body and heighten the senses through body and mind training disciplines.  This will be explored by drawing upon the fundamentals of movement.  Participants will engage with the landscape, weather, animals, and conduct studio-based practice in a dialogue with individual and group hypnotherapy.

The two-day laboratory led by Nissa Nishikawa and Michele Occelli focuses on scored movement, improvisation and hypnosis to enhance awareness, sensitivity and concentration aiming towards a full integration of mind and body.  Bringing to light the ‘immaterial’ through the observation of nature can shift the limits of the individual body into a collective movement.

This weekend is of relevance to anyone interested in exploring the body and its physical presence in the environment.  It can be aligned to various artistic practices.

Course Structure: Friday 7
th November – 7pm, introductions and welcome supper     

Saturday 8th November – workshop from 10am to 5pm (with breaks)

Sunday 9th November – workshop from 10am to 3pm (with breaks)

Cost: £270 with accommodation (Friday and Saturday evening)

£220 without accommodation (numbers for local B&Bs can be provided, or you are welcome to camp next to the house.)

All meals are included

Eight placed available

NISSA NISHIKAWA was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta and is based in London. Nishikawa spent her childhood in Yamanashi, Japan and formative years in the same region training with the organization Dance Resources on Earth (Min Tanaka).  She studied Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec, Stage Arts at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London and holds an MA in Performance from Goldsmiths College.  Her practice with the dervish turning from the Mevlevi order and philosophies from G.I. Gurdjieff are ongoing.  Nishikawa’s work has been shown internationally in theatres, museums, galleries, fields, forests and film. Her most recent laboratory was held at the Camden Arts Centre.

MICHELE OCCELLI’s approach to hypnotherapy utilizes a combination of Ericksonian and ideo-dynamic techniques to enable processes of change and self-discovery.  After years of academic research in both eastern and western philosophy (SOAS, King’s  College and Goldsmith’s College), he trained as a whirling dervish with the Mevlevi Order of Konya.  The study and practice of Hypnotherapy came because of a desire to engage both mind and body as a unity, which is the basis for any form of understanding of both self and the world. He is currently assistant tutor on the postgraduate Hypnotherapy Diploma for the BHRTS at Birkbeck College.

EBE OKE crafts exquisite, experimental compositions and seductive, avant-garde pop music exploring the idea of otherness.  His mysterious compositions often incorporate the sounds of birds and insects, echoing his childhood spent on an exotic bird farm.  He has studied composition with the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen and has collaborated with and been mentored by luminaries like Brian Eno and Laurie Anderson.