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Assistance, Body, and Dance
(The 6th Study Group for Considering Regional Life)

Nagahara Clinic Free Hall
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Assistance, Body, and Dance (The 6th Study Group for Considering Regional Life)

Time: January, 29, 2011 (Sat.) 15:00 to 18:00 (reception starts at 14:30)
Place: Free Hall at Nagahara Medical Consultation Association (Medical Corporation) (686, Oguro-cho, Jyofukuji-dori-agaru, Tateuri-dori-agaru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto)
Map : [external site] http://www.nagahara.or.jp/sst.html#map (Japanese)
Osamu JAREO (Choreographer/Dancer)
Tomoko GOTO (Delegate from Dance&People)

Explanatory note
Nowadays people often talk about family members getting tired of their strenuous efforts to provide care to their family, about burnouts of people occupying various posts in the so-called "human service" area of welfare and medicine, and the idea that those offering care also need care themselves is recently getting more and more attention. On this occasion we decided to invite people who have conducted various workshops centering on this issue, such as "Care is a Dance!?", and conduct an experience-based workshop that shall serve as an opportunity for us to get to know our own "body" and its condition better.
Care by nature is an action made by one body towards another, as is aptly expressed by its synonyms one can find in many languages such as "lending a hand" in English or (as literal translation would go) "applying a hand" in Japanese. If fact, body condition of one providing care often exerts powerful influence on the one receiving it, at the same time being influenced by it. We might call care a collaborative activity done with a companion, an improvised dance that we do every day.

And, as long as our body is our greatest capital (well, isn't it?), why don't we try and take a look at the condition of our bodies through the eyes of dancers, people who are ever so attentive, so sensitive when it comes to bodies? Fell free to come even if you never danced before - absolutely no dance experience needed. And don't take it too seriously - just come and participate!

Please come dressed to move and dance (there is a changing room too if you want to change here)

Priority shall be given to those who apply beforehand
No entrance fee needed
There will also is be a get-together (participation fee is 2000 yen) at 18:30 of the same day held in the same building.

Hosted by: Executive Committee of Considering Regional Life
Co-hosted by: Global COE Program Ars Vivendi, Ritsumeikan University
Research Center for Ars Vivendi, Ritsumeikan University
Medical Corporation Nagahara Clinic
Incorporated Nonprofit Organization: Ar (Japanese)

For inquiries and applications please contact below:
Yoshitaro HOTTA (secretariat): perryfarrelladyahoo.co.jp (@)

Brief report of the workshop

@The purpose of this workshop was to have new findings about our own body. We invited the choreographer/dancer as a lecturer and had the experience-based workshop.
@About 15 people, including caring professions, persons whose family members have intractable diseases, participated in this workshop. In the workshop participants are paired with partners and release the stress from the partners' body by stretching. Then, using various methods, the participants experienced trials that they would follow the partners' movement each other. After about the two-hour excercise, they have reflection on the excercise in the end.

Pictures of the workshop

Workshop No.1

Workshop No.2

Workshop No.3

UPFFebruary 2, 2011@REV:February 3, 2011
Translation by OKAMOTO Yura/ KATAOKA Minoru
Sponsored by Global COE Program Ars Vivendi@ Incorporated Nonprofit Organization: Ar (Japanese)