Dance The Goddess Within

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Dance the Goddess Within to celebrate International Womens Month.

Open the visceral door of your body, move within a circle to connect to your inner feminine wisdom. Join award-winning choreographer and master teacher Nejla Yatkin to explore and create movements inspired by patterns in Nature. Participants will be guided through a process of harnessing multiple practices including; Reiki, Feldenkrais, physical theater exercises, and contemporary dance. The workshop will open new pathways in the way we experience ourselves through movement.

“Everything in life moves. The human body is designed to engage with the environment through movement. Throughout a lifetime of choreographing, teaching, and dancing around the globe, I have learned how beneficial dance is to human development. Dance sharpens the senses, enhances social intelligence, challenges the body and mind and consequently reinvigorates our cognitive, physical and social development. In this workshop we will explore what moves people and how the collective energy inspires people to move.” –Nejla Yatkin

For everyone of any age, who wants to experiment with movement, discover new expressive range, and sharpen the senses. Open to all who have a passion for moving their body. Wear comfortable clothes and bring a silk scarf to dance with.

Cost: $20 in advance/$30 day of

Described by The New York Times as "a magician, telling tales and creating worlds," and "a fierce and supple performer," Guggenheim Fellow Nejla Yatkin travels around the globe inspiring empathic connection between people and their environments. Nejla hails from Germany, with roots in Anatolia and she brings a luminous and transcultural perspective to her creations. She creates solos, choreographs ensemble dances for stages and sites, collaborates on plays and film/video projects, and educates young artists. She is the recipient of multiple grants and awards from the Princess Grace Foundation (2008, 2010, 2013), the Jay Pritzker Foundation (2018 and 2019), the Turkish Cultural Foundation (2013 and 2015), the National Performance Network (2005, 2010 and 2012), and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007), among others. Based in Chicago since 2010, she has gained recognition and support from 3Arts (2012, 2013 and 2016), the Chicago Dancemakers Forum (2019), the Illinois Arts Council (2015), and the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (2013, 2015 and 2019). In all her endeavors, Nejla seeks what British philosopher Isaiah Berlin refers to as an “awareness of the deep currents” — a comprehension of the connection between all people.

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Running Time
1 hour and 30 minutes
Dance Styles
Modern / Contemporary



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