January 8, 2022

Topf Technique Class Tuesday, January 11th 2022

Tuesday January 11th  1-2:30pm (EST time)  Online

https://movementresearch.org/event/16534

I’m teaching a Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy class through Movement Research. Everybody is welcome–all levels of experience.  This is a gentle, fluid and grounding movement practice.  We connect to the breath and to our inner sensations while researching selected anatomical images for nuanced awareness in our dancing and enlivened ease in everyday movements.  You can work with the camera on or off.

This class is by donation

 

 

 

December 6, 2021

notes on dance

When I step into a natural landscape, studio, or urban context and let go of any preconceived idea of what is going to occur, then I am in a space where the aliveness in that moment reveals itself.

The environment provides inherent structural elements that offer ways to work with or circumvent explicit use.  I am with my curiosity.  I experiment with allowing a little more softness within myself, more ease or a peripheral seeing,  Other times more density, a shift in tempo or energy extends the not knowing.  I am available to give or receive what the moment calls for and meet the creative process in a fresh way.

 

November 30, 2021

bits of material

Captain

In the digital commons, I lean in close, ask you what battle wound found that scar, undress the poet privateer of movement. Sheath myself, with a book of verse I slipknot into at dawn. Lick the words off the page, typography disappearing, December estuary, your ship slinging in reverse, no rifle, only a compass. Lightly, lightly, walk. Await the strake.  I fall into grace. This is the first time, and the next night, again the first.

October 1, 2021

notes on dance improvisation

Excitement in response to an upcoming event, this is a beautiful thing to be with and behold.  I can become so lucidly receptive, as I embody this particular state of being.  I can see the sparkle in anticipations eye, and set it down, before picking it up once again at another moment.  Play its edges. Be-friend it.  I might sense a quality of mischievousness arise — a readiness without expectation. This is perhaps the ground for the improviser.

 

 

September 1, 2021

September 2021 Classes Through MR

I’m teaching Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy through Movement Research on Tuesdays Sept 14th, 21st, 28th and October 5th.  1-2:30pm.  Join me for a fluid and grounding movement practice to nourish ourselves and improvise as we enter a new season.

Everyone welcome.  Classes are free or by donation.  Movement Research is a wonderful organization which provides a space for international research in somatic movement modalities, dance technique, experimental performance and creative exchange.

Dancing in the backyard September 2021

June 22, 2021

SUMMER CLASS 2021 July/August

Thursdays July 1, 8,15,22,29 + August 5,12,19,26th

Time: 1-2:15pm (EST)

Topf Technique/Dynamic Anatomy, also known as Experiential Anatomy, provides pathways into deeper perception, awareness, and expanded movement possibilities. We work with nourishing spirals, restorative spinal circles, developmental movements, deep stretching, observation and contemplation of our skeletal structure and guided improvisation. Everyone is welcome.

Free or by donation: suggested donation $5

Here is the link for the class:

https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0pdeqorD4oEtdn7_X0KzFq0XDSRubNU1Oy

May 9, 2017

They Promised Her the Moon

written by Laurel Ollstein
directed by Valentina Fratti

Jerrie Cobb, one of the famed Mercury 13, whose test scores surpassed many of the male astronauts during rigorous psychological and physical testing in the early days of the country’s space program was almost the first American in space.  Cobb was reaching for the moon but hit the glass stratosphere, blocked not only by her gender but by notions of sisterhood and colliding egos.

Theatre at St. Clements, 423 West 46th St.  New York, NY May12-May 27th
Tickets at Mirandatheatre.com

Join this terrific cast and crew!

“Jen Harmon’s excellent choreography adds needed aesthetic imagery.”
– Theaterscene.net

“This story of strength and resilience is beautifully told in this insightful and humorous play.” – Huffington Post

 

 

 

May 10, 2016

Meditation practice continues in May/June

Union Sitting

Meditation on Fridays.  10:00am – 11:30am in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  By Donation.

We cultivate awareness and return again and again to the present moment.  When we return to the present, we notice what arises in us and we can begin to work with the mind.

Everyone is warmly welcomed at the loft, a sunny and spacious studio space for remembering the body/mind.  A little bit of meditation experience is helpful. We sit for 30-40 minutes.  The session also includes walking meditation, a body scan, or a brief period of easy stretching for everyBODY,  a short reading and time for sharing about one’s practice.  The sessions are lightly facilitated.

May 13th, May 20th, June 3, June 10, June 24

Contact: info@jen-harmon.com to confirm the schedule.

April 28, 2016

For Maxine Who Lives Next Door

 

Dear Art Institute of Marigold Lane,

Is this for real?  The inter subjectivity of the aforementioned praxis (brought to my attention by Monica M.) begs the question: Is a pomelo really a pomelo?  Or rather: Does a parrot and a pirate have the same capacity for language?

If neither of the above questions get to it, certainly in research driven methodology where the process and the site interdigitate or rather creates a nexus of engagement becoming the “expression” itself,  we re:consider fully all our notions of making — making room, making love, making marks, making soup, making materiality, that sometimes but not always resides in the ephemeral.  The gift object, or perhaps a divination, is explicit or subterraneous.

A class on the disruption/emergence is taking place in New Brunswhim, NJ shortly with friends. We are co-opting this “this” and re: configuring it.  Re-examing friendship as dynamic workshipping.  With multiple people steering the ship or in some cases styling it.

Sin/cereal(y),

Maxine

March 24, 2016

 

I choreographed a new piece Winter Electric for the Creative Arts Studio Company.  Its been a pleasure to work with such inspiring pre-professional teenage dance artists. They will perform at the Actors Fund Arts Center at 160 Schenmerhorn St. in Brooklyn on Saturday April 2nd at 7pm and Sunday April 3rd at 2pm. They will also perform on May 15th at Paul Taylor Studio at 3pm.