Humans Being

Contemporary Creative/Expressive Dance Improvisation Old Finsbury Town Hall, Rosebery Ave
Tel: 07931223801

Class details

The 5 Rhythms:

A moving meditation practice, a map to move into and through, a place to ask and move with these questions:
What is it to be a human being? Who are we? Why are we here? How do we love? How does creative energy move through us?
Questions to move with, to be in community with, to see each other in and be seen in.

These two hours sessions are drop in classes open to all, beginners and old timers alike. No experience is required, loose comfortable clothing is good, barefoot, trainers or dance shoes all work depending on you and your feet.

Concerto an Open Floor ongoing group with Cathy Ryan

Concerto will be a creative exploration through OF movement practice, music, community and commitment. Five differently themed weekends culminating in Humans Being where we will look at the nature of presence and turning up as we are…

Bare Bones: A dive into the richness, beauty and stories of our articulate body through some of the core movement principles of Open Floor practice.

Anchored in the Unknown: Following this level of physical embodiment, we will see what we find out about ourselves as moving, relational, creative beings. How can we anchor ourselves in the one thing we know for sure? That we are here in a moving, alive, sensate body and we don’t truly know what’s coming next…

What a Shame: We are extraordinary creatures, full of emotions, thoughts, creativity, love, longing and sticky bits of mess. Toxic shame is one of the places that leads us into disconnect and this weekend we will explore its role in our emotional landscapes. Paradoxically, often when we move what it is we’re hiding, it brings us straight into connection with others. We begin to see each other and recognise ordinary and extraordinary, tender, vital parts of ourselves.

Libido Fundamentals: As our hearts and bodies awaken through the movement meditation practice, our sexual energy also begins to stir. Our generative, sexual energy – our Libido – is an essential part of our body’s natural expression, complicated one moment, ecstatic the next. Libido Fundamentals begins this complex and creative investigation by introducing the basics of using movement meditation as a means to ground, and explore the physical energies of our sexual energy.

Humans Being: One of my favourite workshops combining two of my great passions, movement and theatre. Bringing our own creativity, heart and imagination into play, it will be an exploration, shaping what we find in ourselves in order to give it away to the magical empty space that is theatre. Theatre – its essence is presence – its magic is Spirit in a myriad of forms.

Ongoing groups are a wonderful way of working together, commitment is required for the whole duration in order for us to keep exploring deeper and deeper together.

For more details about all of these workshops, Cathy’s work and background see


Dates: 2016
Bare Bones Feb 26 to 28
Anchored in the Unknown May 6 to 8
What A Shame Jul 29 to 31
Libido Fundamentals Sep 23-25
Humans Being Oct 28 to 30

Cost: £850 £800 low income £750 early bird if booked by Jan 26 2016
Payment can be made in instalments after your initial commitment and deposit has been made of £50.
To book contact Rebecca Parkinson:
Venue to be confirmed shortly

This group counts for pre-requisite hours and electives for the Open Floor teacher training

Cathy Ryan – Cathy studied and apprenticed with Gabrielle Roth, the founder of the 5Rhythms movement meditation map and has been working with the practice for 16 years. She is a founding member of Open Floor International. She works extensively in Europe and the UK.

The 5 Rhythms
Old Finsbury Town Hall
Rosebery Avenue, EC1R 4RP

Tel: 07931223801

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