(update 1 July) Feeling even more the importance of the aliveness of the body and the sharing of this in real time and space, we are very happy that the Summer Intensive: SP I NE as Re SOURCE in August this year can take place!  We will do so with hygiene regulations in relation to Covid-19 in place so we can work with care as well as ease. In The Netherlands we can now dance again while including touch and without needing to keep the 1,5 m distance in the studio, which gives us more freedom than we had hoped possible earlier this Spring. Outside of the studio we need to take care of the distance. We still won’t pack the workshop completely full though so we have enough space te feel comfortable to make this transition to working together again. As it is now there are only a few places left. If you like to get in touch, please contact me through email.

Please take good care meanwhile. Warmly, Lily & Laressa

WHEN: 10-14 August 2020, Monday – Friday 11:00 – 17:00

WHERE: BAU Studio, Entrepotdok 4, 1018 AD Amsterdam, The Netherlands

COST: €325 / €300 early bird if you sign up before 22 June 2020

Inclusiveness, orientation, spiraling, space: articulation and presence, aliveness and ease, centralities and peripheries, imagination and beyond imagination. We’ll be tuning into our dancing selves and tuning into the dances being made with the spine as resource. In the 2019 Intensive we worked with the spine. As this field of work continues to inspire and move, we will tap into and deepen useful resources from earlier work and expand into new territories.

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 for the third year in a row with poet, dancer, somatic practisioner Laressa Dickey, who will offer two sessions. Some of the days their work may intertwine.

FOR WHOM: The Summer Intensive has been going for almost 20 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 . As it is an Intensive, it is not possible to come for single days.

“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


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 space (within and without) and to each other? How does the spine promote inclusiveness and support in orientation?

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.

Through the approach of craniosacral work, we’ll look at how the spine was formed in its embryological development, and how this continues to inform us now. Our structure develops out of spaces that delineate themselves over time. Also: Eyes. Orientation. Proprioception— a way to sense where we are in the space and how we are moving, from inside. 

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. 

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?


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. Her dancing has been informed and inspired by many great teachers in the field, among which are Lisa Nelson, Suprapto Suryodamo, Julyen Hamilton, Joan Skinner, Eileen Standley, Peter Schmidtz as well as teachers in martial arts. Currently she is studying Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy in London. 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 4 books of poems including Roam, and several chapbooks including A Piece of Information About His Invisibility. A new book called Syncopations was published in 2019. Since 2005, she’s been using movement improvisation to inform her writing and vice versa. Language, image, gesture, movement: presence. Her bodywork is informed by Craniosacral Therapy, Amerta Movement practice, integrative massage techniques, and an attuned, empathetic imagination. She created a video/movement installation together with her partner for the Bergen Assembly 2019 entitled “How to Pass Time With No Reference.”

You can find more details on their individual websites: Laressa Dickey & Lily Kiara


If you wish to join, please send a mail to info@lilykiara.nl  Deadline for signing up is 27 July. It is extremely 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 i don’t know in time who is coming. 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! 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 wire €325 (or early bird price €300 if before 22 June) to the account below. If you cancel up until 10 days before the workshop, €50 administration costs will be kept. If you cancel after that, there can 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   BIC: INGBNL2A  Account name: A.M. Venendaal, Amsterdam, NL

LOCATION: BAU Studio, Entrepotdok 4, 1018 AD Amsterdam, The Netherlands / 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, Lily Kiara and Laressa Dickey are not to be held responsible for any physical injury or damage or loss of possessions during the workshop.

You can also connect to this facebook page for dance workshops and classes: 

Thank you for your interest! Feel free to contact me if there might be questions. Through email please.

(c) photo by Michael de Roo 2019, Field of Disappearance project

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