May 6, 2015

the body poetik gives academic, artistic, and bodywork presentations at the University of Arizona, Tucson

Not only did I get to present an academic talk at the University of Arizona, during my time at the Open Embodiments Conference, and to present poetry-of-the-body with my dear San Francisco collaborators

--I also got to do an interactive art installation in a downtown gallery. The organizers set me up with a double bed in the middle of sculptures and paintings and acrobats. I invited gallery visitors to step into engaged arts experiments around intimacy and body image. Here were some of the options I offered for engagement.

April 23, 2015

the bodpoe interviewed on USF Tampa Bulls radio--The F Word

My Tampa radio interview happened tonight! The Tampa Bay Area wasn't the same without these ladies when I was growing up. Do I make myself sound dated? I don't care. They are f****g rocking it on college radio! Title of the show is The F Word, as in Feminism, folks.

They gave me the best gift of an amaze-balls interview to introduce the body poetik services/consults to the Tampa Bay Area community. I had almost an hour to speak about intimacy coaching and the art of sensual awareness, what I can offer clients and how my practice works. These ladies' interviewing chops were awesome; full of grace, fun, and excellent timing--especially considering we were talking about sex, disability, feminism and childhood--not easy subjects to tease out!

Listen here: Amber explains intimacy coaching and what the body poetik offers. You can download the interview from this link or listen to it from the USF The F Word radio archives. My interview appears at the top of the page and starts about 15 minutes into the show.

[Tiffany Portacio, The F Word co-host.]

March 22, 2015

Blind mom, my former boss and dear friend from California

March 13, 2015

The Heart--A Sexy Dragon

February 5, 2015

the body poetik at International Somatechnics Conference this April

As part of a cohort of fellow bodyworkers/performers/artists, I have been invited to present at a conference hosted by the Center for Critical Studies of the Body at the University of Arizona in Tucson. The university in Tucson is now the international home to the Somatechnics Research Network (formerly based in Sweden). 

Here is the very compelling call-to-dialogue-and-explore for this year's conference:

To be open means having the capacity for connection and curiosity, and willing to be receptive to otherness and difference. Openness is an engagement with processes of becoming, to be in anticipation of future states without predetermined ends. To be in the open is to be exposed and vulnerable under conditions of necessity and possibility, of risk and danger. Open is ontological, an ethical stance, an imperative: it demands of us to open borders, detention centers, and prisons, to open our eyes and our hearts, our senses and our awareness. Invitations are openings, as this one is: Let us come together and open ourselves to the embodied experience of our messy entanglements, fraught alliances and fuzzy boundaries with each other and with the Earth. And let us do it in Tucson.

The tension and interplay between self, other, and being open is a fundamental part of the art/ services the body poetik offers. I am so excited to converse, experiment, and play with like-minded others in Tucson and bring new ideas back to my local practice here in Florida!

For more info about the event, go to CCSB.

December 26, 2014

the body poetik residency at alternative school for girls

Just before the holidays, I completed a 10-week residency with girls, ages 12 - 16, at PACE in Pinellas Park. PACE is a nonprofit, alternative school for girls who may have ended up in the corrections system due to truancy or behavioral issues at the regular public schools they were attending.

PACE is only partially funded by the Pinellas county school board. Much of the operations budget has to come from private donors. A fundraiser was planned for November, in which the girls would perform a spoken word poem that told a collective tale about the ways in which many girls come to PACE. It was a difficult piece, full of metaphors about social injustice, and graphic details about addiction, rape, and domestic violence.

I used thebodypoetik techniques with the girls to bring their imagination, empathy, and shared experiences to the script. We played physical improv, group bonding, and vocalization
games to help them relate to and really own their individual parts in the performance.

The event went well, with more than 200 donors in attendance.  More importantly, the girls had fun being fitted with microphones and greeting the donors along the spiral staircase. They spoke their lines with calm confidence and each girl had her own specific flare. They also got to witness the way their words brought about action. Almost $10,000 was pledged immediately after the performance..

Our last class want back to basics--the simple pleasure of connecting to a nurturing, natural state.  Girls read from their journals. We talked about explicit rap lyrics, we rapped a bit, boredom and wanting to be good. We compared notes on the care of guinea pigs and bunnies. One girl talked about accidentally landing on a manatee after she dove into a local river...her concern for the creature, and her horror at it's slimy, barnacled skin.

In the end, we made feet starfish for our goodbye selfie.

Luckily, VSA Florida has given thebodypoetik a  spring residency to return and work with the girls at PACE. This time, we will focus on performing our every day experiences through voice and movement. Each girl will have a solo There will be poetry, performance art and many stars!