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New in 2018: We Speak Dance with Vandana Hart – a Netflix Original Series

January 4, 2018
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WE SPEAK DANCE is a 5-part Netflix series that follows Alvin Ailey trained dancer and former UN advisor, Vandana Hart, throughout Indonesia, Vietnam, France, Nigeria, and is globally accessible.

Hart comes from a very interesting and impressive background. Being able to merge dance, arts, culture, as well as global politics first handedly, it’s no wonder this unique series has already been a sensation. Hart’s aim was to expose dance as a “political weapon” and how villages, underground groups, and the stage can bring people together through these outlets around the world.

#socialchange!

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1. Share the trailer on your Facebook page!

2. Send a 1min dance video for a social cause of your choice and tag @wespeakdance #wespeakdance Vandana Hart on FB and Instagram.

3. As part of the campaign, we are raising money for dance classes in a Syrian Refugee camp that we filmed in Beirut. You will be supporting their education, passion, and hope for the future.

DONATE HERE

Thank you from the whole WE SPEAK DANCE team!


Watch the full 5-part Series on Netflix

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Trained dancer Vandana Hart travels the world to learn traditional and urban dance styles from the local experts who know them best.

Don’t have Netflix? Buy directly from We Speak Dance.

Bonus: Check out Hart’s Dance Protest, January 5th
in Los Angeles, CA


Happy 2018,

Enjoy!

The Movement Blog
Art Review

Mini Review: Radiant Space Art Gallery, Los Angeles

December 19, 2017
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Radiant Space Art Gallery is based in Los Angeles, West Hollywood, CA, and thrives from its founders: Daniel Elder, Sean Maurer, Golie Yazdy, Olivia Mia Orozco.

This gallery space hosts art shows, dance, music performances, sound baths, pop up fashion markets and donation based group classes. Mia, the main event coordinator, is a dancer, actress, and all round performing artist, making her a key element to Radiant Space’s network and success. This space has also a great emphasise on women, arts, and wellbeing (check).

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Current Display: “In This World/ Out of This World”; Taken from Instagram, @radiantspace; photo by @jeremyjacksonphoto

When prompted to host a GYROKINESIS® Group class for the gallery, it was a definite “Yes” right away. As I’ve been based in London for the last 7 years and have just relocated to Lisbon, I haven’t had the pleasure to be apart of or even see the space.
The space is lovely and serves its purpose well. Being in the heart of West Hollywood, this gallery space has already had a lot of foot traffic and art buyers. With a few promotions and word of mouth, I was excited to teach my first class in Los Angeles in years, let alone Radiant Space’s first ever GYROKINESIS® Class.
5 movers were plenty in the space to allow full movement and the necessary student to teacher visibility that this method requires. In L.A.’s “winter” (80° F), we cultivated even more of a sweat and moved as a unit for 1 hour and 30 minutes. The energy was fantastic.
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Taken from Instagram, @radiantspace; Performing Artist @msmayanicol

What I love about teaching and being involved with a place like Radiant Space is being able to transform the space and connect with a diverse realm of people. From Visual Art, Meditation, Music, Dance, and Fitness, these collaborations advocate what artists love doing the most: supporting and showcasing each other.
I look forward to see what other movement modalities Radiant Space will offer in the gallery in 2018. It’s apparent that this space has already become special to those who founded it and unique to those who’ve discovered it. Keep a look out, Angelenos! Stay tuned to this important space.

Current & Upcoming

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Taken from Instagram @radiantspace; Image: “Coura” 2017, by Jeremy Jackson, @jeremyjacksonphoto

December 20th
Donation Sound Meditation with Allison Jones 

Currently On Display
In this World / Out of this World: Group Photography Showcase

January 6th
Radiant Space is thrilled to start 2018 with a floor-to-ceiling interactive psychedelic textile cave by Laurie Shapiro

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Follow Radiant Space here:
Facebook: radiantspaceLA
Instagram: radiant_space
radiantspacela.com
Follow Mia Orozco here:
Instagram: miaorozco
oliviamiaorozco.com

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Taken from Instagram, @radiant space; photo by @doralynne_valenzuela

More about Radiant Space

Radiant Space is a multimedia gallery in the heart of West Hollywood, CA. At its core, we are a team of creatives who have bonded together to co-create a space for visual arts, film, dance, fashion, and multimedia installations. Our aim is to authentically present work that adds to the global conversation of what it means to have a human experience here and now. We offer our space to rent for creative projects, photo shoots, personal art shows, and special events. We’d love to collaborate with you. Feel free to reach out to us and come join our community.
More about Olivia Mia Orozco
Orozco’s work explores the relationship between the mind and body both as it concerns itself with the movement of dance and from a philosophical point of view. Her work questions and redefines perspective. She enjoys using the camera lens to aide the audience in seeing new facets of the atmosphere in which the dancer is living that may not otherwise be seen in a proscenium setting. It questions the notions of time and from how many viewpoints time can be measured.
As a female artist she explores the defining characteristics of women and is interested in archetypal figures while also questioning the shaping of the modern woman. Her work weaves tales from ancient myths to Hollywood thrillers to create work that both pays homage to classical dance while still maintaining a fresh look of the twenty first century in its interwoven form. Slicing and mingling the old and new, she creates work that aims at authentically presenting her story, thoughts, dreams and ambitions to audiences worldwide via the use of technology and live performance.
Review Workshops Yoga

Mini Review: Yin Fascial Yoga Workshop with Beta Lisboa

September 25, 2017
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Last weekend I attended a very informative Yoga workshop with Beta Lisboa at Little Yoga Space in Lisbon, Portugal. Beta focuses on releasing first the joints and then the fascia to help with emotional and physical trauma.

I was in major need of this workshop because of the amount of travelling I’ve done over the last 6 months. My ankles, calves, and hips in particular were stiff, which began to have an affect on my dancing and teaching physically and emotionally. This workshop also featured an all-time personal favorite: the tennis ball.


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About Beta

Born and raised in Brazil, Beta was a Sports and Capoeira practitioner who later took up Ashtanga Yoga and Sports massage. As she continued to delve into the Yoga world she was also introduced to Yin Yoga and Spiral Yoga from Simon Low and Sarah Powers.

Beta also teaches and practices Myofascial Release, Mindfulness Meditation, Wellness Life Coaching, Dynamic Spiral Yoga, and Vital Essence Breathwork. You can learn more about these techniques on Beta’s website.

What is Yin Yoga?

According to Yoga Journal

This practice is designed to help you sit longer, and more comfortably, in meditation by stretching connective tissue around the joints (mainly the knees, pelvis, sacrum, and spine). A passive practice, Yin Yoga involves variations of seated and supine poses typically held for 3 to 5 minutes, accessing deeper layers of fascia.

What is Fascia?

According to Lauren Roxburgh

Fascia is a thin layer of connective tissue that encases your body under your skin like a wetsuit and actually wraps itself around every muscle, joint, and organ.

What is Yin Fascial Yoga?

According to Beta

Yin Fascial Yoga combines Yin Yoga with integrative Daoist Yoga in longer held postures with slower movements into the fascia opening up the body meridian system. Blending with Myofascial Release to target connective tissues, supportive structures, called fascia. Incorporating Mindfulness as a powerful tool for awareness in your practice.

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About the Workshop

We began the workshop by introducing ourselves and stated why were were interested in taking the workshop in the first place. Answers varied from finding an overall physical release; to combat emotional trauma; to having a general interest in the science behind Yin Yoga and fascia. I, on the other hand, fell right in between these reasons.

“The body knows it’s way home”, Beta explains. We all stood up. Second order of work was to release the joints before we started releasing the fascia. Exercises consisted of rolling the ankle joints, hip/pelvis mobility, and some basic yoga postures standing and on-all fours. Movements were kept soft, almost in a restorative manner.
Next, we begin to release the fascia, starting with the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia). Using one of the tennis balls, we carefully transferred our weight back and forth, massing the bottom of the foot in as many directions as possible. Then we targeted just the middle of the foot (close to the base of the toe joints), to focus on the connection to our organs, like in Reflexology.

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We then continue upward along the body interchanging with spiralling movements and stretching, standing and on the mat. This helped the body to maintain its openness and avoid shutting back down into postural habits. My favorite anterior points of release were the psoas and the space right underneath the ribcage using 2 tennis balls. Good for releasing the posterior chain.

A favorite release point in the posterior portion began from the base of the spine, gradually rolling towards the upper back with 2 tennis balls, which proved to be a neglected part of the spine from sitting and being confined on a plane and bus. In fact, these release points have already been added to my daily routines.
Finishing with a few supported bridges and Shavasana, we gradually realigned the body back to where it needed to be. The body tends to release in a chain reaction, especially when dealing with Myofascial Release, the tissues and muscles “spontaneously unwind”. I walked out of the workshop feeling less congested in the joints, aligned, happier and generally more awake.

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Dance Review Travel

Mini Dance Review: Skånes Dansteater Malmo, Sweden

November 3, 2016
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The Movement Blog’s ‘mini’ dance review aims to give you a ‘short and sweet’ low-down of current performances from around the world.


Company: Skånes Dansteater

Show: To See the World While the Light Lasts

Choreographer: Ben Wright (and dancers)

When: November 4th-6th, 2016

Where: Malmo Opera, Sweden

Skånes Dansteater, based in Malmo, Sweden, represents dancers from all over the world. This is my second time seeing the company perform and its diversity is highly apparent. This is also the second time that I’ve seen the company’s performance with other non-dancers, in which their appreciation have been just as enthusiastic.
Skanes Dansteater’s new show, To See the World While the Light Lasts was entirely derived and choreographed from both Ben Wright and the dancers. In addition, dance students from Codarts had the chance to perform as Apprentices in a few shows. Both the Rehearsal Director and one of the Apprentices’ Mentors from the company, Brittanie Brown, agree that they’ve possessed both maturity and the will to be prepared at a moment’s notice along with impressive, beautiful dancing.

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Wright’s new show takes on a vast and deep topic: life and death. Without sounding like something to put you off, this double act ballet explores much more than that. There are elements of light, happiness, and partnerships. There’s even a reminiscence of ‘another world’, which could be considered ‘the afterlife’, or it could represent a new beginning in an unknown/alternate universe? That may be for the audience to decide.
In addition to the concept, the performances are completed with an onstage band, a full orchestra in the pit, and the choir from Malmo Opera, whom were set up in the theatre’s balcony behind the audience: surround sound in real time. There’s a familiar feeling with this musical arrangement that seems both folklore and theatrical. Perhaps this allows the viewer to immerse themselves into the story.
Skånes Dansteater’s upcoming performances continue this weekend, November 4th-6th, 2016 at the Malmo Opera. If you’re in the Copenhagen/Malmo area it’s definitely worth a trip (plus Copenhagen and Malmo are both great cities!). Come with a patient, open and curious mind. This show is great for those who like to interpret the meaning of a choreographer’s work.

Enjoy!