We are delighted to welcome Lillian Ransijn as our Winter Artist in Residence. The Winter and Spring AIR cycles draw from within our staff and student community to support artists offering something exceptional at the intersection of genre, style, and discipline. (The summer AIR cycle is open to the public and the applications open around March.) We have seen Lilli perform at 'WORKINONIT' in the summer of 2018, as well as in Lily Kind's work at 'WORKINONIT: Deluxe' this past summer of 2019. Lilli is found getting her sweat on in many classes at UMA, especially Ron Wood's Movement Flow and Vince's House and Waacking classes. We are also grateful to the Lilli as a work/study who has been with UMA for two years. It is with a LOT of love that we offer her space to dig into it this winter. She will present a works in progress showing in January of 2020.
Lillian Ransijn is a Dutch/American dance theater artist. Raised in Wyomissing, PA, she followed her Magnolia-mouthed mama’s footsteps down to Emory University in Atlanta, GA, where she earned her BA in Dance and Movement Studies and trained and performed with Susan Eldridge/DENSE, Catellier Dance Projects, and Out of Hand Theater. In 2008 she founded her own ensemble, Ground Delivery Dance Theater, as a vehicle to experiment with the dance theater form. A 2016 graduate of Uarts/Pig Iron’s MFA program in Devised Performance, she is dedicated the cross-pollination of artistic forms through ensemble-driven work. Lillian has choreographed and performed with Amanda Byars, Blake Beckham/The Lucky Penny, Claire Porter, David Dorfman Dance Theater, Dance Truck, Duende Dance Theater, Ellisorous Rex and the Dance Machine, Fly-By Theater, Helen Hale Dance, 7 Stages, Theater Emory, and Wolfthicket/Lily Kind. She is a proud member of Moving in the Spirit's community, where she was as a teaching artist from 2008-2011 and guest choreographer for the Teen Apprentice Corporation National Tour. She feels most alive digging intimately into universal questions through the communal pursuit of artistic questioning.
Vince and Alex star in Episode 2 of Weirdos for Wellness has arrived.
Episode 2 “Getting Into Your Meat” introduces self-myofascial release techniques for pain management and improved performance. Fascia is a connective tissue that envelopes muscles and organs in order to distribute forces on the body properly. It's like an envelope that holds you all together so you don’t collapse into a giant meat bag. Sometimes the fascia and muscles develop what are known as “trigger points,” or “knots” that create sustained contractions in the tissues that do not release on their own. These knots can cause pain, stiffness/tightness, and muscle weakness. This can be caused by overuse of the muscles, sitting or standing in one position for too long, sudden contractions, etc. the list goes on.
But do not fret! You can resolve your pain and manage future issues by getting into that meat anytime, anywhere! The techniques in the video provide you with examples of how to release these knots through direct pressure and foam rolling. Research suggests working on particular muscles/facial areas or knots for at least two minutes to create lasting change. Set that timer and get to work!
Weirdos for wellness is a video series designed to fix all the problems in the world, starting with your own ouchies and boo boos. In addition to teaching yoga at UMA, Alex is an acupuncturist and body worker harassing intersecting Eastern and Western modalities to help athletes, physical performers, and everyday folks heal and prevent injury.
DONT MISS IT!
Saturday October 19, 2019
Rashaad Pearson, one of the most renown popping style dancers in the world, will be teaching a workshop at Urban Movement Arts on Saturday, October 19th 5-7pm. Popping is a style that features undulation, animation, contractions, speed change and lots of body control. Specificity and clarity are the name of the game. Rashaad is respected around the world for his musicality, funkiness, precision and soul. He is a great technician and historian of popping and hip hop in general. Folks in Philly often ask for a poppin' OG. Here is your chance Philly! Let's show up for Rashaad!
$20 online advance purchase
$25 at the door