We all miss someone - and in pandemic isolation it's even easier to feel alone. We miss those who are physically distant, lost friends, exes, those who have died, those who simply aren't around anymore. We miss foreclosed opportunities and shared experiences. How can we bring the memories of those we miss into our bodies, in a way that maybe lets us feel less alone? How can we be in our bodies when we can't meet our need for physical touch and in-person movement? How can we move through grief and loneliness tenderly, on our own? This is a movement-making workshop for dancers and non-dancers who are feeling isolated, and want to spend some time bringing their bodies into their feelings or vice versa. If you are feeling distant and detached, or if you are feeling so deeply that you're drowning - if you are lonely, if you are missing someone or someones, this is for you. We'll work through a series of movement prompts to create and explore feelings of relationships in our body, using tools that work for both solo- and duet-making, as well as having time for solo or optionally shared reflection. You will need: - a comfortable space to move your body a little or a lot; it doesn't have to be large, as much or as little space as you find. Home is fine, couch is fine, bed is fine. - an object that reminds you of someone you miss, for any reason - a notebook or note-taking supplies in case you want to use them to reflect You do NOT need: - to turn on your camera or your audio ever unless you want to - to tell anyone who/what you miss or why they're gone, or show or share your object, unless you want to - lots of space - to be able to stand or jump or do any specific kind of movement- dance experience of any kind. Toby MacNutt is a dancer, teacher, and author based in Burlington, VT.
Dancing with Ghosts - solitary duets with Toby Macnutt