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Aikido for Movement Artists
with Cid Pearlman (2nd degree black belt)

Roughly translated as "way of harmonious spirit"
or "path to unifying with universal energy",
the word "aikido" consists of three kanji characters:

合 - ai - harmony, unity, joining

気 - ki - spirit, life-force, universal energy

道 -  - path, way

This workshop is for people at all levels of movement experience. The class will be divided into three parts. The first hour will focus on empty hand techniques (Taijutsu) and rolling, falling, and blending (Ukemi). The second hour will be dedicated to learning set combinations of movements with the long staff (Bo). For the final hour we will take the Aikido techniques we have been practicing and use them to inform solo, duet and group improvisations.

Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art founded in the mid-20th century by Morihei Ueshiba O'Sensei. Rather than fighting or opposing, Aikido trains us to meet the force of an attack with relaxation and a sense of center. Using fluid, spiral movements, the aikidoist blends with and redirects an attacker’s energy so that it defeats itself. Essentially nonviolent and noncompetitive, Aikido aims to achieve harmony with others, the environment, and oneself.


CID PEARLMAN (2nd degree black belt) is a student of Linda Holiday Sensei, Chief Instructor of Aikido of Santa Cruz. Her Aikido practice is deeply intertwined with her dance making. Among other honors, Pearlman was a Fulbright Scholar in 2009-10 choreographing and teaching dance in Estonia. Currently she teaches in the Theater Arts Department at University of California at Santa Cruz and the Dance Department at Cabrillo College. 

Inspired by the resilience, fragility, and resourcefulness of the human body, Pearlman makes dances about how we negotiate being together in a complex world. Her work has been presented at numerous venues including ODC Theater, Joyce SoHo, Kanuti Gildi SAAL, STL, Stockholm City Hall, and the Getty Center. Her most recent collaborations have been with composers Joan Jeanrenaud and with Jonathan Segel of Camper Van Beethoven.

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