MascallDance presents in partnership with The Training Society of Vancouver:
OSF with Susanna Hood
10am-2pm, January 7-11th, 2019
Early Bird Rate: Before December 10th: $400
After December 10th: $500
This workshop is eligible for a CADA/BC Training Subsidy.
In this five-morning workshop, Susanna offers introductory level OSF material in combination with improvisation structures using movement, voice, drawing, and writing. OSF, founded by American dance artist and master teacher Stephanie Skura in 2008 is a fluid expansion of Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT), developed as a revolutionary way of learning by Joan Skinner in the 1960’s.
The work focusses on the cross-fertilization of physical practice and creative process. It is guided by the philosophy that the source of creativity and wisdom is available in each of us. The OSF “open source” system offers specific tools to access depth, specificity, courage, rigour, integration, presence and freedom in movement, vocal practice, creative process, and performance. Simultaneously it empowers participants to adapt these methods and to discover their own to best suit their needs.
Basic principles underpinning the work include: that we are all born with natural grace and coordination with free and open voices & natural creativity; that in letting go of learned patterns of holding, of preconception, and of expectation we can connect to our own inherent process and potential; that sound is an expression of and release of energy; that learning through allowing instead of forcing gives us access to fullness with less effort; that we can be physically touched and transformed by the use of imagery; that play is a fundamental part of our humanness. (To learn more about OSF and SRT please visit
The nature of the working process is web-like, cumulative and will happen in layers with no two days exactly the same. Each session is unique and draws on modalities of touch, deep-state imagery, alignment-focused exercises, and scores for improvisation. The sessions promote experiential learning, allowing for the timing of each individual’s process of discovery and integration, working both together and alone but in community. In this way, people of all levels of experience can explore alongside each other, tailoring the work to their individual capacities and needs.
Depending on the interest of participants and guided by their individual experience within the classes, one or two of the sessions may include in-depth discussion into essential concepts and pedagogical principals of OSF.
The class is open to adults of all ages, performers and non-performers alike.
Susanna Hood is a compelling performer, maker and teacher in dance and music and was the artistic director of humdansoundart from 2000-2013. Beginning her career in 1991 with the Toronto Dance Theatre, independently she has performed the works of many Canadian choreographers, composers, and filmmakers. She performs widely as an improviser in dance and music, and has collaborated extensively in theatre as a movement director. Her choreography, compositions, and interdisciplinary collaborations have been presented locally, nationally, and internationally on stage and film since 1991. Her work is marked by a dynamic synthesis of voice and movement, creating intimate, raw and sensual performance work.
From 2015-2017 Susanna completed the Pilot #2 of the Research Studios at P.A.R.T.S. in Brussels, Belgium with emphasis on the synergistic relations between dance and music. Since 2004, Susanna has been teaching improvisation, composition, and voice and movement synthesis in various institutions and through independent workshops across Canada.
Susanna has been practicing SRT and, subsequently, OSF since 1996 and the work is a foundation of her total artistic practice as an interpreter, as an improviser, as a teacher, and as a creator. She was certified to teach OSF in 2010, and since 2013 she has become a certified teacher trainer of the method.
This workshop is taking place on the unceded and occupied territories of the x?m?θkw?y??m (Musqueam), Skwxwu?7mesh (Squamish), and S?l?i?lw?ta?/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples.
To make the space welcoming to those living with multiple chemical sensitivity, we ask that participants do not use colognes, perfumes, essential oils, scented body or hair care products including: deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, body wash, hair gel or mousse, creams, or lotions on the day-of. Please make sure you take a shower if you've used such products the day-before. If you're able, please wash the clothes you intend to wear in scent-free detergent one or more times if you regularly use scented laundry products.
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Mascall Dance is located at 1130 Jervis Street, within St. Paul's Anglican Church. Mascall's space is inside the Labyrinth, on the second floor, with one set of stairs leading to the space. These stairs have a stairlift. Gendered bathrooms are located down two flights of stairs, and there is an accessible (though gendered) washroom in an adjacent space.