What Moves You?
11-17 August 2024 | Sunday – Saturday (7 days) | 10:30-17:00 | Amsterdam, NL

i love listening. it is one of the only
spaces where you can be still and
moved at the same time.

– nayyirah waheed

Lily Kiara draws from Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT), experiential anatomy & physiology, Biodynamic Craniosacral practice, Joged Amerta Movement (Suprapto Suryodarmo), Poetry and Instant Composition.

What are the dances we make in this time, the stories, the poems? What do we respond to and how? What moves you? What stimulates you to move, what to be still? How does it affect the shared dances? Shared by dancing together and shared by watching? What moves us and what do we move?

Time, space, story. What moves you in sense of space, in sense of time? What stories do we make? What unfolds? Musicality, imagination, relationship. Listening in action. Fine tuning.

What moves you and in what ways might it matter?

One day in this week we’ll work alternatively. This could mean working in silence and/or outside. It will probably be the 5th day (Thursday). A proposition will be offered when we’ve started practicing together. 

images of the summer intensive 2023

Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) supports the coming together of  dance technique and the creative process simultaneously through the use of imagery, designed to enhance expansion and strength with efficiency and ease. Through practicing within different layers of consciousness, from eyes closed deeper in oneself (deeper imagery), in direct relation to space (movement studies), or in touch with another person (hands-on partner graphics), we can have different felt senses of moving and being moved. Tuning in and expanding. Practicing integrating inner and outer.

We’ll be making connections throughout the whole workshop between how we experience different principles in the dancing self and how we make dances. Being moved and making move.

This. Here. Now. Creating dances in the moment. What is the dance asking of you now? Can you listen to what this is and know it instantly through the dancing self? This also offers the possibility of ease: this moment contains and can reveal everything you need to know right now. Context supports this intuitive knowing and being with it. We practice technically and compositionally so there is an availability and readiness in this moment, in the body and in reading the composition as it unfolds and is being created. Being in touch with what moves you, to be able to stay up to date. We include the practise and generosity of witnessing, watching and being watched, seeing and being seen. How does being seen support and affect our dance?

Biodynamic Craniosacral therapy is a gentle form of bodywork that originates from Osteopathic practice. It orientates to the Health of the body always being present in the client. Connecting with the more subtle layers in the self, dynamic stillness, listening and allowing are aspects of its orientation that resonate with approaches in SRT.

Lily Kiara danced her first improvised performance on invitation of her dance teacher at the age of eight. She started her professional training at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam (1990-1994), at Bennington College and Movement Research in NYC.  Further on, Skinner Releasing Technique (certified teacher since 2001), martial arts and training in instant composition with teachers such as Julyen Hamilton and Lisa Nelson have greatly influenced her work and evolving vision. The work of her late teacher Suprapto Suryodarmo, Joged Amerta, with whom she’s been practicing and performing in Indonesia, continues to inspire her on numerous levels. She has been making work for over 25 years. 

Since graduating in 2021 in London, she has been working as a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist. Lily also is active as a folk singer-songwriter, solo and with her bands The RIVER and The Tall Tales. She released several CDs and EPs on her own label Sibyl Sings and since 2016 on Zip Records.

Lily Kiara has been teaching classes and workshops in Skinner Releasing Technique and Creating (Instant) Dances, sometimes together with a musician or lighting designer. She has been teaching at independent studios, festivals, academies and art institutions throughout Europe, USA, Australia and Indonesia and also guides artists in their process of making their own work.

You can wander through the website for further information and inspiration.

The Summer Intensive is being offered for the 22nd year in 2024 and is intended for more experienced dancers, movers, choreographers, mimers, actors, musicians etc. so we can deepen and develop the work in the professional field. Experience can mean different things. If you are not sure but wish to join, please contact me through email. As it is an Intensive, it is not possible to come for single days.

11-17 August 2024 | Sunday – Saturday (7 days) | 10:30 – 17:00


BAU Studio | large studio (directions below)
Entrepotdok 4
1018 AD Amsterdam
The Netherlands

If you wish to join, please send an email. Deadline for signing up is Sunday 28 July. It is helpful if you confirm in time by payment or by staying in touch about it, otherwise you may loose your place or the workshop might be cancelled because i don’t know in time who is coming. If you are interested, please register in time and be clear about your participation and registration. It helps these independently set up workshops to be possible. It is very much appreciated! Thank you! Priority is given to participants who commit to coming for the whole workshop. Please send me a few lines of your previous experience. Details for further registration you can find below.

To make your registration complete, you can please transfer €400 to the account below (incl. btw). If you cancel up until 10 days before the workshop, €75 administration costs will be kept. If you cancel after that, there can be no refund. You will receive an invoice soon after your payment. If the workshop is cancelled, you will get the full amount return. If you need other ways of payment, please let me know. If you just communicate about it in time, it is usually fine.

Account (please note the different name!):
IBAN: NL47 INGB 000 349 1465
Account name: A.M. Venendaal, Amsterdam, NL

BAU Studio (large studio)
Entrepotdok 4
1018 AD Amsterdam

From Amsterdam CS a 15 minute walk or bus 22 in direction of Indische Buurt. Out at Kadijksplein (2nd stop). Walk underneath the arch with ‘Entrepot-Dok’ on it. The building is then on the left.

BAU studio and Lily Kiara are not to be held responsible for any physical injury or damage or loss of possessions during the workshop.

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photo Lily: video still of If only I could be here now at Tictac art centre