Clitoral Embodiment workshop series with Nicole Bindler
February 23 @ 10:30 am - 5:30 pm
One event on March 2, 2019 at 10:30am
Overview: The embryology of the genitalia represents an unexplored frontier in Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®). Unlike its embryological corollary, the penis, the clitoris is absent from most illustrated anatomy texts. Clitoral Embodiment remedies the inattention paid to female and non-binary genital development by presenting a framework for embodying multiple potentials for sex and gender expressions through imagery, movement and embryological study, with an emphasis on invagination over penetration. Standing at the intersection of somatics, embryology, and gender/sexuality studies, Clitoral Embodiment uses BMC embodied anatomy through guided solo somatic movement and dance improvisation to explore an underlying biological explanation for sex and gender fluidity. People of all genders are welcome, and all explorations in this workshop will be practiced fully clothed. Participants will have access to text from two articles by Nicole Bindler about Clitoral Embodiment that were published in the Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices (Vol. 9, No. 1, 1 June 2017) and Contact Quarterly (Vol. 42, No. 1 Winter/Spring 2017).
A six-part series, take one or take them all
Schedule for February 23
Invagination: we are enfolded by space
February 23rd, 10:30am-12:30pm
The body is not a bunch of separate parts, but one thing that has infinite folds. Through this process of invagination we make ourselves. In this class we will practice an embodied, feminist reimagining of space and our relationship to the world around us.
The Pelvis: muscles, bones, and connective tissue
February 23rd, 1:00-3:00pm
In this class we will orient ourselves through an anatomical and somatic investigation of the container of the genital organs, ducts, and glands. There will be an emphasis on fascial relationships between the contents and container, and an eye on how our external structure is informed by our viscera.
Gonads: ovotestis and the labioscrotal folds
February 23rd, 3:30-5:30pm
There are many different potential variations of the gonads. Through sensing and moving from our undifferentiated embryonic origins, and potential variations in our adult bodies, we can broaden our perception of sex and gender expression.
Schedule for March 2nd
Ducts: exploring your uterus and prostatic utricle
March 2nd, 10:30am-12:30pm
The genitalia and the heart both arise from the embryological mesoderm (the middle layer). The heart begins as two separate endocardial tubes that then come together in the middle, like two hands in prayer. The uterus and it’s homologue, the prostatic utricle, also come together from two paramesonephric ducts that join in the middle. We will explore this twoness/oneness through anatomical study, and somatic movement.
Glands: honoring Anarcha, Lucy & Betsey
March 2nd, 1:00-3:00pm
A growing number of people are renaming our sexual excretory glands (the paraurethral gland and the greater vestibular glands) after Anarcha, Lucy & Betsey, three women who were enslaved in the 19th century, and subject to nonconsensual gynecological experiments. In this class we will learn about these glands and honor these three women, and those whose names have been forgotten.
The ClitDick: walking with our crura
March 2nd, 3:30-5:30pm
Did you know that your genitalia have legs and that their little legs have been walking with you during every step you’ve taken? In this class we will explore the legs of the clitoris/penis through anatomical study, walking, and dancing.
Nicole Bindler‘s performance work and teaching have been presented at festivals and intensives throughout the U.S., Canada, Argentina, Europe, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, Mexico City, and Quito. Her dances have been supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Leeway Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Ellen Forman Memorial Award. Bindler holds a BA in Dance and Poetry from Hampshire College, a degree in Muscular Therapy from the Muscular Therapy Institute, and certificates in Embodied Anatomy Yoga, Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga, and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® from the School for Body-Mind Centering®. She has been on faculty at Temple University, University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania, and has guest lectured at Drexel University, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Hameline University, Arizona State University. University of Texas, Austin, Goldsmith’s University, St Mary’s College of Maryland, Moore College of Art and Design, and Ursinus College. Her writing on dance and somatics has been published in Critical Correspondence, Contact Quarterly, Emergency Index by Ugly Duckling Presse, Jewish Currents, BMC® Currents, Curate This, Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, and thINKingDANCE. She currently serves on the Earthdance Board of Directors.