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January 7,8,9,10,11, 2019

Open to adults of all ages, performers and non-performers alike.

Susanna offers introductory level Open Source Forms (OSF) material in combination with improvisation structures using movement, voice, drawing, and writing.

Before December 10th: $400
After December 10th: $500
This workshop is eligible for a CADA/BC Training Subsidy.

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 and 

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.

Presented by MascallDance in partnership with The Training Society of Vancouver
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.

Earlier Event: October 30
Later Event: January 17