Moving Stories: Workshop explores grief

Kalein Hospice Centre is presenting an interactive workshop exploring how grief and loss can be more deeply understood through movement.

Kalein Hospice Centre is presenting “Moving Stories,” an interactive workshop exploring how personal experiences of grief and loss can be more deeply understood and integrated through a process of improvisational movement and dance.

Taking place Wednesday, December 4 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Nelson Legion Hall, this workshop offers a rare opportunity to spend a morning with the Canadian dance troupe Motus O. They have performed and offered workshops around the world — winning many dozens of awards, including Touring Artist of the Year and Critics’ Choice.

Motus O believes that the art of dance can and should inspire and invite reflection, examination and appreciation for both the unique and universal nature of our personal experiences.

The “Moving Stories” experience is an engaging and creative inquiry process driven by key questions to the participants whose personal stories of grief and loss are then “animated” through collaborative, interactive and improvisational movement between Motus O dancers and workshop participants, followed by further contemplation and conversation.

Motus O will be joined by Colin Funk, manager of the Innovative Education Initiative at the Banff Centre, who will facilitate this experience of engaging the mind, body and heart.

According to workshop coordinator Amy Garvey , “Viewing one’s story and experiences of grief and loss through dance is a unique way to gain fresh perspectives, new insights and offer healing. It’s bound to be a deeply rich experience for all.”

The workshop is very interactive. The troupe has asked for a room that allows for movement and active participation.

Their tools for engagement include demonstration, story sharing, inquiry and contact improv between the dance troupe and the participants. The workshop will engage the mind, body and heart.

The Legion Hall is located at 402 Victoria Street in Nelson. The workshop is being held in the second floor assembly space.

Participation is by donation, with a suggested minimum of $40.

To create an intimate and connective experience for all participants, registration space is limited.

To register, call the Kalein office at 250-352-3331 or register online at: https://app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/KaleinHospiceCentre_1/movingstories.html