Lani is thrilled to bring two introduction to Butoh workshops to Fort Wayne Dance Collective on Saturday, January 27, 2018. Please see the flyer for information and registration details!
Over the years I’ve been teaching mindful movement to people of all walks of life, I am constantly amazed that over and over again, my students discover this simple and powerful truth: When we learn to be present to the moment-to-moment sensations and changes within the body, a dramatic shift in perspective occurs. This conscious act of nonjudgmentally inhabiting the body brings the mind to our lives in this moment, which is the only moment we ever really have. Even for just an instant, this newfound ability to be with what is releases us from living in constant regret over the past and anxiety about the future. My students discover, as I have, that no matter what the circumstances of our lives, becoming embodied wakes us up to our basic goodness, helps us clearly see the next step we need to take, and allows us to feel genuine compassion toward ourselves and others.
My mission is to provide a variety of opportunities for people to experience the power of living an embodied life. Through classes and workshops, creative projects and community research and collaboration, my passion is to bring people together through this work, to ask questions, to seek solutions and most importantly, to enjoy the process. Through our own bodies, stories and moment-to-moment experiences, we can create a rich and complex “global body”, one that joins and supports our personal and collective growth. We start with the body as it is.
Our work together can take many shapes and forms, as it is influenced by the rich and diverse field of somatic movement from the East and West. Through Butoh, we allow the body in its present condition to be our guide, surrendering the thinking mind to allow images, sensations and our deepest impulses to move and transform us. With Shin Somatics we create space, ease and possibility in our lives through the exploration of simple, gentle and organic movement sequences and patterns. Through Hatha Yoga, we combine gentle yet invigorating asanas (postures) pranayama (breathing practices), meditation and chanting to help maintain optimum health and harmony for the mind, body and spirit. Contemporary dance/movement allows us to experience the many principles of dynamic movement through our ongoing relationship to gravity, momentum, kinetic energy and personal expression and creativity. Mindfulness practices rooted in Buddhist psychology provide a variety of opportunities to integrate meditation as well as personal and group ritual into our lives.
I have had the fortune to work with Lani in her capacity as a dancer and choreographer. Lani embodies a delicate and deep balance that merges wisdom, presence, curiosity and humour. She has a gift for drawing the viewer into a moment filled with raw human dilemma exposed in tenderness and beauty. Her performances ask us to hold the complication of truth. She is brave and fearless and full of surprises. Her work ethic is rigorous, honest and generous. Her artwork (is) full of life.
Lani's work, as choreographer and teacher, invites audience and students into the charged space in-between: drama and subtlety, urgency and calm, vulnerability and ferocity. Here the present moment comes alive with possibility and the world is revealed as poetry
Lani’s residency was charged with energy, intelligence, and generous teaching. Her comprehensive residency covered choreography, cultural and performance issues, and inspired the Alfred community.