AUTOPOETIC 01: The deconstruction and reconstruction of the body in space. with Nathalie Brilliant

You are invited to explore the body in space and time. Performance artist, yogi, meditation guide and art instructor, Nathalie Brilliant, will guide you through a series of exercises drawing from eastern practices such as butoh, yoga, Buddhism and meditation, and western practices such as Anna Halprin’s workshops and somatic experiencing. An ambient soundtrack will be provided by sound artist Conrad Hack.

How can we understand and reconnect to our body in new formats?

What does it mean to be human?

What is stillness?

What is movement?

And what is the space that falls in-between?

All these questions will be examined during this participatory performance workshop. The participatory performance will close with a short ritual.

Following the participatory performance workshop, Nathalie will speak about the exercises explored with the participants referencing aspects of somatic psychology, Buddhism, and mindfulness. The talk will close with an open discussion and conversation about each participant’s experience and thoughts.

**The overall experience will guide you into the magic of the moment, into the magic of the body, and remind you that you have never experienced this before.**

About the Artist

Nathalie Brilliant is a multi-disciplinary artist. Her life work studies human interaction and behavior in new formats, natural formations and patterning, while considering optic relations, perceptual illusions, and relational philosophies. Nathalie Brilliant received her MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute and her BA in psychology from Wesleyan University. She has done performances at Kadist Art Foundation, Southern Exposure, YBCA, and The Adobe Backroom Gallery, all in San Francisco. She has exhibited works at The Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and The Mono Inn. She is a curator and was the director of The Thank You House Gallery in Mammoth Lakes, California. Nathalie currently lives and works in San Francisco, California.

AUTOPOETIC is a multidisciplinary performance series set to nourish the intersections between the different performing arts scenes in the Bay Area by creating a shared space for equal-curation across scenes and disciplines. Directed by curator/performance artist Chris Wood as part of the Pro Arts Studio Lab Curatorial Residency, each performance is collaboratively curated by Wood and the featured artist through open dialogues between the aforementioned and members of the Pro Arts community. It is a 5-part, monthly series taking place at Pro Arts  starting in May of 2017.

Pro Arts’ Curatorial Residency program is funded in part from a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts