Summer Intensive 2019

The SPINE as (re-)source for the dancing and the dances

with Lily Kiara & guest teacher Laressa Dickey

Together they draw from Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT)™, imagery, experiential anatomy & physiology, Craniosacral approach, poetry and improvisation. In this Summer Intensive, dance artist, singer-songwriter Lily Kiara collaborates with poet, dancer, somatic practisioner Laressa Dickey, who will offer two sessions. Some of the days their work may intertwine.

Tuning into ourselves through the spine and tuning into the dances being made. Centrality, articulation, inclusiveness, orientation, stories, beginning and ending, time.


12-16 August 2019, Monday – Friday 11:00 – 17:00




BAU Studio, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

(details below)


The Summer Intensive has been going for more than 15 years and is intended for more experienced dancers, movers, choreographers, mimers, actors, 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.

“Laressa Dickey’s debut full-length collection of poetry originates deep within the spine. In a language more felt than fathomed, Dickey choreographs sounds and images in swirling, sinewy gestures, … … They are poems to be felt with the whole body, ankles and all.”  

– Excerpt from a review about Bottomland, by Sarah Suksuri

photo: Sara Anke Morris


We’ll tune into the spine to enter into differentiation and wholeness in our moving. How can we use the structure and the function of the spine as well as imagery within the spine as ways to enter our dancing bodies? How can we from there create articulate, lively dances and connect to time and to each other?  How does the spine promote inclusiveness?

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. Tuning in and expanding.

The spine particularly offers many insights, directions and openings that are stimulating to embody technical work and to create (instant) dances. We’ll be making connections throughout the whole workshop between how it works in the dancing self and how we make dances, or how dances are evolving through the spine, as we are being moved by it. 

SRT is at the source of what has come to be known under the name ‘Release Technique’. It is different from it though in several ways. you can read more extensively about it on this page: SRT

Through the approach of craniosacral work, we’ll look at how the spine was formed in its early embryological development, specifically including primitive structures that no longer exist in their original form but that remain in the body’s story. These parts continue to speak across time, through time, or underneath our own present timing.  

Craniosacral therapy is a gentle form of bodywork that originates from Osteopathic practice. It holds that the Health of the body is always present in the patient, and that the role of the practitioner is to support the whole Health through gentle and informed touch. The craniosacral fluid fluctuates around the brain and spinal cord in several rhythms, in fact, there are rhythms within rhythms. We will work with these principles in the dancing and in the being.

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?

Writing will be part of our practise and play, as another way to tune into the subconscious, to reveal, to release, sometimes to remember and in other moments to forget (for-get). Releasing into writing into releasing writing. How does physically working with imagery affect our imagination when we write?

photo: Widya Ayu Kusumawardani


Laressa Dickey (USA, Malmö) and Lily Kiara (NL, Amsterdam) first met in Berlin in 2010. They gradually became more acquainted with each others work and continued meeting and exchanging, in poetry, songs and dance. They started performing reading-concerts in 2014, with poetry by Laressa Dickey and folk pop songs by Lily Kiara. Throughout the years they developed a sharing practise also including dance and somatic work, through Improvisation, Skinner Releasing Technique, Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy and Poetry as well as a shared training Amerta Movement, with Suprapto Suryodarmo in Indonesia.

‘…my tailbone 

just hangs like 

it is looking 

for more

while my spine 


the tones of 

grass singing

and dances

for a moment

in the vein of

being free…’

– Lily Kiara, from ‘Hungry’ 

Lily Kiara is a dance artist and singer/songwriter, based in Amsterdam, NL. She has been making performances for over 25 years. Her work comes to form through a fierce and refined dedication to improvisation. Her current long time solo project is ‘Field of Disappearance’. She has collaborated with artists such as Michael Schumacher, Julyen Hamilton, Eva Karczag (dance), Michael Moore, Felicity Provan, Michael Vatcher, Wilbert de Joode (music) and Ellen Knops (lights). Poetry and stillness are at the heart of her work. Lily Kiara has been teaching at independent studios, festivals and art institutions throughout Europe, USA, Australia and Indonesia, since 1996. She is a certified SRT teacher since 2001. She formed her own band The RIVER and produces cds on her label for music and poetry Sibyl Sings. Her latest album ‘Fishing In The Field’ released in 2016 on ZIP Records.

“You must tilt your head to see the world”. – Laressa Dickey

Laressa Dickey is a mover, bodyworker, poet, and curious soul. She’s the author of 3 books of poems including Roam, and several chapbooks including A Piece of Information About His Invisibility. A new book called Syncopations is forthcoming in 2019. Since 2005, she’s been using movement improvisation to inform her writing and vice versa. Her bodywork is informed by Craniosacral Therapy, Amerta Movement practice, integrative massage techniques, and an attuned, empathetic imagination. She’s currently creating a video/movement installation together with her partner for the Bergen Assembly in September 2019.

You can find more details on their individual websites: 

 Lily Kiara & Laressa Dickey


If you wish to join, please send a mail to Lily Kiara  Deadline for signing up is 29 July. It is very helpful if you confirm in time by payment or by staying in touch about it, otherwise you loose your place or the workshop might be cancelled because we don’t know in time that people are planning to come. So 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! Preference 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 wire €280 to the account below. If you cancel up until 10 days before the workshop, €60 administration costs will be kept. If you cancel after that, there will be no refund. You will receive a receipt on the first day. 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, Entrepotdok 4, 1018 AD Amsterdam Google maps

From Amsterdam CS a 15 minute walk or bus 22 in direction of Indische Buurt. Out at Kadijksplein (2nd stop). Walk underneath the arc 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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 Thank you for your interest! Feel free to contact me if there might be questions.

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