ByDesign 2020 – Embodied Futures Workshop
Sliding scale tuition, $7–20; pay what you can. If you have the means to pay a higher ticket price, your contribution helps subsidize reduced-cost or free admission to events like this for others.
This workshop takes place off-site at
Blu Dot (401 E. Pine St.)
Embodied Futures is a workshop that joins together somatic movement and visioning tools to examine how movement practices can shift one’s relationship to the future. The workshop identifies our lived experiences (of both hope and hopelessness) as source material to re-imagine and embody tomorrow’s possibilities. Embodied Futures asks: given that somatic practices can be used to change one’s relationship with a difficult past, how can similar techniques be used to change one’s relationship to the future? How can improvised movement create a context for people to enact dreams of an imagined future?
We will work independently and together, uplifting our experiences of hopelessness into a felt sense of possibility. Using the body’s innate inclinations towards movement, imagination, and playfulness, our bodies can experience new versions of hope. All are welcome, no movement experience necessary. Participants should be prepared to sit, lay, stretch, and move your body with others.
Tamin Totzke is a dance artist, educator, and Somatic Experiencing practitioner, whose work is rooted in her fascination of the body as an archival site of personal history. She is co-founder of the “Resiliency Project” with her collaborator, Amelia Reeber, which is a workshop blending movement, creative process, and performance practices that aims to enliven connection to ourselves within a shared experience with others. Tamin also performs and teaches with the Seattle-based dance company, AVID, who prioritize live-dance making through their refined improvisation practice. She holds an MFA from the University of Illinois and MA (LMFTA) from the Antioch University; her work has been funded by organizations such as 4Culture, Artists Trust, Duwamish Revealed and Knowles Fellowship.
Eric John Olson
Eric John Olson is an artist, technologist, and educator. His work explores systems of power and their relationship to lived experiences through interdisciplinary and socially engaged art practices. He collaborates with artists, performers, organizers, and community members to co-create projects and conduct participatory research. His recent work examines hopelessness, movement, participation, displacement, and intergenerational exchange. Olson’s art has been supported by the Seattle Art Museum OSP Residency, MadArt Studios, Seattle Office of Arts & Culture, Eichholz Foundation, 4Culture, The Seattle Public Library Foundation, and other arts and civic organizations.