Lunalectric is the first chapter of in a new series of FERAL dance music events where the spirit of the urban domesticated human returns their spirit to the wild through dance. With deep long DJ sets in two rooms we express we focus on the creative manipulation of the form as we twist, turn reach, scratch, bite and leap to the beats.
For the first edition we pay homage to the light of the full lunar sky. The Bussey Building will glow with the glory of illuminated creatures as we invite you, our human animal tribe, to attend this celestial celebration dressed in lights, as we emulate our deity, the moon, which will be in her prime on Friday 16th of September.
Come out to play FERAL creatures, don your lights, as we electrify the night, with both sound and sights.
Exploring identity, self development and group dynamics through movement
with Zoë Cobb, Artful Badger's movement director
Saturday 1st October 2016
A deep exploration of self-awareness using the physical body as a starting place, this workshop aims to hone our authentic self, allowing us to experience real connection in a group of diverse people.
Zoë has spent 15 years refining movement techniques and exercises that allow individuals a deeper self-knowledge and provide tools to playfully and openly explore group dynamics.
The workshop is all about discovery and igniting curiosity. It allows us to find new and maybe unexpected ways to move may, to explore the edges of our awareness and connect other people in the group move and respond.
It focuses on how to listen to and trust our responses to situations, how to open up and appreciate our innate and sensorial reactions. Using movement exercises and active listening participants explore a deeper sense of embodied self and how that self-awareness plays out with the dynamics of the group.
Untamed self-expression - tension release, ecstatic dance and movement meditation
with Freddy Drabble and Maria Rita Salvi
Sat 5th November 2016
Free Dance is an opportunity for joyful unedited self-expression. No judgement, no being judged, no right, no wrong, just a 2-hour burst of endorphin energy!
The sessions are inspired by Gabrielle Roth’s '5 Rhythms' format, following 'waves' of music that warm up through the body to a vigorous high point of complete abandon, to then warm down again via more subtle poetic movements to a final meditative point of stillness. The class is also based on Joanne Skinner's 'Skinner release technique' that uses visualisation, guided movement meditation and partner work to release excess tension before taking the body into a wave movement. Participants have reported that this combination of techniques develops their confidence, provides tension and stress release and hones their ability to actively listen to their bodies.
What creature expresses your true self? Mask making for self-awareness
with Charlotte Dillon
Saturday 3rd Dec 2016
13.30-18.00, £80 (including materials)
Who are you? What shape are you? What colour are you? What beast best brings out your true self?
This is a three-dimensional mask making workshop, and an opportunity to explore your true self through the creative process. Three luxuriant hours are set aside for you to create your own creature from our templates and decorate with an array of sumptuous materials. Facilitated by award winning designer, head of House Designs and Roundtable International Charlotte Tiley, the workshop is ideal to help participants relax, connect with their inner creativity and work out where they’re at in their process in a fun and an unselfconscious way. Come and create a mask as unique as your fingerprint and explore deeply and creatively your sense of self!
Adventure into the mystery of your own coverings... and then shed them!
with Cloe Jackson
Saturday 4th February 2017
A wildly passionate, sacredly sensual, irresistibly joyful ecstatic dance journey from fully clothed to fully naked. This is a safe space to liberate yourself from your limitations and express yourself freely. Cloe Jackson’s passion and purpose is to facilitate liberated living, to offer spaces for people to liberate themselves from illusion, conditioning, habitual patterns, trauma and inhibitions and support and empower them in returning to innocence and their ultimate freedom of untamed expression!
A wild, pleasurable, powerful ride into Mask Medicine, Divine Play and Stupid Genius
with Daniel Hernandez
Saturday 4th March 2017
In these workshops, you will create your own rudimentary mask and take it on a guided journey. You will then reconvene to understand what this has revealed for you. It is ideal to help people gain confidence and take themselves less seriously.
Hernandez kidnaps your imagination and bundles it into a dream like world of sensations, discoveries, surrealism, and sounds.
Bioenergetics is a form of body psychotherapy. It works to relax the armours and holding patterns of chronic muscle tensions that often subconsciously stop the flow of energy and life force in the body.
Through postures and moving the body combined with deep breathing it helps to release structures held in the body mind, often since childhood, restoring energetic balance and wellbeing to the nervous system.
Clients report feeling more grounded, sensitive and present with an increased ability to feel their sexual energy and live life to the fullest.
Brazilian Bioenergetics comes from Namastê Poa and has been developed by Prem Milan over the last 35 years. Its foundation is lowen but it is also mixed with influences from Osho therapy.
£25 Including FREE entry to Passing Clouds Exceptional Expedition party after the workshop.*
Prepare an animal alter ego for the The Exception Expedition party, hosted by Artful Badger and Pete the Monkey, and make your very own wild/ jungle/ hybrid / mythical animal mask. Led by the amazing Charlotte Tiley who runs the Masketeers you will be given a selection of templates to work from and a huge selection of sumptuous materials and trinkets to decorate your mask as you please. All tools and materials provided but you are welcome to bring personal items or talismans that you wish to incorporate.
Travelling Tiger, Migrating Monkey, Voyaging Vole, Pilgrim Panther, Adventuring Armadillo, Trekking Toucan, Exploring Elephant, Bumbling Badger...or simply let your imagination go wild and bring out your inner animal!
£10 Includes FREE entry to Passing Clouds - An Exceptional Adventure after the workshop.*
Drawing on the 5 elements, connected breath-work and block-rocking beats, Izzy will help us to get out of our minds and into our bodies, creating healing on a physical and emotional level, stimulating creativity and deepening our relationship with ourselves and others.
Izzy carved out a career in the music industry based upon her love of dance. She has danced all over the world, from Asia to America, and runs workshops in the UK and Europe. She is a warm and intelligent facilitator who brings a sense of realness to this beautiful and transformative practice.
Pete the Monkey have proposed to partake in an Exceptional Expedition...where too you ask?.... to the Jungle of Love where the tropical cousins of the Badger clan flounce and frolic in the heat and mist of their rainforest home. The Artful Badger have excitedly accepted the invitation to join such an a jovial jaunt to jungle. Spring is in the air after all and its time for refreshment and renewal, new horizons beckon and we shall answer the call of the wild with our roars, squeaks, barks and miaos. So gather up your essential and kit tag along with us.
This festival season The Artful Badger will be making the voyage to Normandy, France to lend their performance flair to the in the 5th edition of Pete the Monkey Festival in July 2016. Join us for one night only for the London wild warm up party at the cultural kaleidoscope that is Passing Clouds. With eclectic bands/DJ's and arts and performance in every nook and cranny this will be an exceptional expedition to get you roaring for the fast approaching festival season!
The Artful Badger return to Passing Clouds once more for their annual Black and White Winter Masked Ball. Theme and line up to be announced later. Grab tickets now as the venue is small, very busy and advance tickets will be limited