From the Seven Days Project is an ongoing project that involves occasional days and or weekends to explore, from a source of movement, a series of text compositions originally intended for an ensemble of musicians.
In 1972 the composer Karlheinz Stockhausen, just back from Japan, gave a series of lectures in Europe. I attended one, which completely altered my perception of listening and hearing.
Recently I came across his text compositions Aus den Sieben Tagen, written in response to les evenements in Paris in 1968. They are written as inspiration for ensemble improvisation, with a dedication to peace and harmony in a revolutionary world. They seem even more apposite now.
From the Seven Days Project gives space for participants to explore sound and movement composition. Looking at Stockhausens’ texts again, I was struck by the vocabulary used, its similarities (and jumping off points) to the vocabulary we share as Amerta practitioners, and by the possibility opened by these texts for a response in movement and sound.
How might we, as ‘movers’ and ‘sounders’, reflect on and respond to Stockhausen's text through our own sound and movement vocabulary. What will be our own promptings?
"I don't want some spiritistic sitting—I want music! I don’t mean something mystical, but rather everything completely direct, from concrete experience” (Stockhausen on the Seven Days)
From the Seven Days Project is for participants with some experience of Amerta movement.* No previous musical experience is necessary – but all experience is welcome!
There will be ample time for reflection and inquiry, and self/group and small group direction.
Usually these days/weekends are offered at low cost.
*Amerta Movement may be seen as cultivating an embodied approach to life through the practice of movement as a skilled art. It seems to reach…into a movement world that is uniquely sensitizing and integrative. Embodied Lives – Triarchy Press, 2014
From the Seven Days Project - Open day as part of 'Mapping Art Pilgrimage' July 2016
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"I very much valued the opportunity to come together with a focus on the relatedness between the sensorimotor experiences in attending to awareness in sounding and moving, listening and attuning to self and others within a group. I enjoyed the simplicity and clarity of the facilitation and the focus held to the sensitive introduction of texts to work with in supporting and amplifying this process. It was great fun. We went beyond the sound barrier.
MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (UKCP registered)
and Community Artist