PURE Conference – Peaceful Warrior

Thursday, March 30, 2017
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The March 31 to April 2nd 2017 PURE Conference “Peaceful Warrior” gathers together instructors from France, Columbia, Sante Fe, Los Angeles and NYC to explore inner and outer strength, non-violent responses to conflict, methods for building bridges and creating art for positive social change. Influences range from Shambhala, Greek Myth, the Goddess archetype, Martial Arts, Bellydance, Flamenco, Butoh and more. Conference attendees are welcomed into an inclusive, safe space to take risks, share and dive into what it means to be human. Also tour the Rubin museum, enjoy a theatrical show and go on a public procession through the streets and parks of New York City.

Presented by PURE (Public Urban Ritual Experiment), an international community co-founded by Kaeshi Chai dedicated to healing and social change through dance and music.

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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Thursday (Pre-Conference Day) at NOLA Studios
Nuts and Bolts of Leading Groups
10-11am Workshop Icebreakers and Check in
11am-1pm Business Tools with Myra Krien
1-2pm Lunch
2-3pm Effective Design with Kaeshi
3-4pm Advanced Social Media Strategies with Puela
4-5.30pm Round Table Q&A Think Tank

Friday (Day 1) at NOLA Studios
10-11.30am Shambhala Connections with Harry Einhorn and Kaeshi Chai
11.30-1pm Rumba Flamenco Arabe with Antonina Canal (Colombia)
1.30-2.30pm Panel: Artistic Activism – Role of the Artist in Creating Social Change
2.30-4pm Veil Emergence with Kaeshi Chai
4-5.30pm Become a Peaceful Warrior with Myra Krien (NM)
7.15-8.45 Rubin Museum Tour with Nancy Eder

Saturday (Day 2) at University Settlement
10-11.30am Athena – Exploring the Warrior Goddess Archetype with Myra Krien (NM)
11.30-1pm Magical Pelvis with Assia Guemra (France)
1.30-2.30pm Panel: Artistic Activism – Role of the Artist in Creating Social Change
2.30-5.30pm Dance of the Heart, Dance of the Bones (Butoh)
with Ian Wen and Irina Wen
8.30-10pm Awakened Warrior Show – Dance, Music, Poetry

Sunday (Day 3) at University Settlement
10-11.30am Wisdom of Color – Aura Soma Essential Oils with Antonina Canal
11.30-1pm Power of Energy with Assia Guemra (France)
1.30-2.30pm Panel: Building Bridges
2.30-4.30pm Planetary Dance Workshop with Heather Shoopman
5.30-7.00pm Public Procession


DETAILED SCHEDULE

THURSDAY MARCH 30TH (PRE-CONFERENCE)
(NOLA, 244 W 54th St, 11 Fl, Studio A, NYC)

NUTS & BOLTS OF LEADING GROUPS

10-11am Workshop Icebreakers and Check in – Get to know your fellow attendees and gain clarity about your goals.

11am-1pm Business Tools with Myra Krien
Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Learn about raising funds, securing grants and much more.

1-2pm Lunch

2-3pm Effective Design with Kaeshi Chai
Learn principles that will help your message stand out from the crowd and get noticed.

3-4pm Advanced Social Media Strategies with Puela Lunaris -
Utilize the latest technology to reach more people.

4-5.30pm Round Table Q&A Think Tank -
Gain useful tools and inspiration by joining other dance leaders in lectures and round table discussions about topics that relate to running a school, leading troupes or facilitating groups.


FRIDAY MARCH 31ST (NOLA, 244 W 54th St, 11 Fl, Studio B, NYC)

10.00-11.30am Icebreaker: Shambhala Connections with Kaeshi Chai and Harry Einhorn
Shambhala was an enlightened society from a mythic kingdom in Central Asia. Get to know your fellow conference attendees through exercises and games based on Shambhala principles of basic goodness, letting go, sharpening your senses, strong spine/soft heart, and more.

11.30-1.00pm Workshop: Rumba Flamenco Arabe with Antonina Canal (Colombia)
Learn a fun, sexy Spanish rumba using Flamenco hands and skirt movement fused with Oriental sensuality expressing the playful, powerful aspect of the warrior goddess celebrating her dance of life and the union of Eastern and Western cultures.

1.00-1.30pm Lunch

1.30-2.30pm Panel: Artistic Activism – Role of the Artist in Creating Social Change
With Felicia Young (Earth Celebrations), Emi Gittlemen (Global Arts to Go), Myra Krien (SEEDs). Moderator: Kaeshi Chai (PURE, Bellyqueen)
What is the vision for the role of artists and others to positively transform our society? How can we strengthen and sustain our creative capacities to advance culture, build community and imaginatively address the most pressing challenges of today.

2.30-4.00pm Workshop: Veil Emergence with Kaeshi Chai
Learn innovative veil wraps to create a cocoon and explore different paths to emerge out of them.
Please bring a 3 yard rectangular veil. You can also borrow one if you don’t have one.

4.00-5.30pm Workshop: Become a Peaceful Warrior with Myra Krien (NM).
Through physical exercises we will embody gentle openness, magic, vulnerability, deep listening, honesty and authenticity, witnessing and compassion.

7.15-8.45pm Rubin Museum Tour with Nancy Eder
Explore the idea of the “Peaceful Warrior” in the Rubin Museum of Art. We will discuss art works from the Himalayas that showcase how fierce keeping the peace can be. Even the design of the museum and its exhibits reflect this idea!


SATURDAY APRIL 1ST (At Speyer Hall, Unive184 Eldridge St, 2nd Fl, NYC)
10.00-11.30am Workshop: Athena – Exploring the Warrior Goddess Archetype with Myra Krien (NM)
Through dance you will learn a choreography that explores the physical language of inhabiting space, creating boundaries, locating your inner strength and vulnerability.

11.30-1.00pm Workshop: Magical Pelvis with Assia Guemra (France)
The magical pelvis is the place of the garden of Jade sexual energy and vital force. It is also the residence of the Self. Use therapeutic techniques in dance to help you balance this sacred area by aligning your psyche with the creativity of art.

1.00-1.30pm Lunch

1.30-2.30pm Panel: Non-Violent Conflict Resolution
With Amy Miller (Gibney Dance), Irina Wen (Clinical psychologist), Rick Ulfik (We the World, Non-Violent Communication teacher). Moderator: Myra Krien (SEEDs)
What sort of techniques and effective communication skills can we use to transform any conflict into a mutually satisfying resolution? How can we fight for our rights, freedom, justice, and self-determination—without the use of violence? How do soldiers or victims of abuse recover from the trauma of war or violence?

2.30-5.30pm Dance of the Heart, Dance of the Bones (Butoh)
With Ian Wen and Irina Wen

In this workshop, we will explore basic exercises of butoh – an avant-garde form of movement, dance, and performance originated in 1960s’ Japan. Butoh evades specific definitions and takes many forms. In this workshop, we will work with energy, imagery, intention, and the wisdom and memory of the body to connect to our humanity through movement and non-movement. We will then apply some of these principles to the form of belly dance, deepening the dance and making it full of intention and sincere energy, transforming it from a presentation to an offering.

8.30-10.00pm Awakened Warrior Show

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FEATURING:
Assia Guemra from Paris, France
Heather Shoopman from Los Angeles, CA
Myra Krien + Mosaic Dance Company from Sante Fe, NM
Antonina Canal from Bogota, Colombia
Perla Abdie + Vale Ysunza from PURE Mexico City

Ian and Irina Wen (De Novo Dance)
Harry Einhorn (Samadhi Arts)
Shlomit Oren-Ross + Dave Ross (Shaka Bliss)
PURE NYC
Kaeshi Chai + students from the Bellyqueen School of Dance
Plus more…

MC: Brad MacDonald

Cost: $20 in advance, $25 at the door

Online tickets can be purchased here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2905158

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SUNDAY APRIL 2ND (At Speyer Hall, Unive184 Eldridge St, 2nd Fl, NYC)

10.00-11.30am Workshop: The Wisdom of Color – Aura Soma Essential Oils
With Antonina Canal (Colombia)

Discover, transform and come into equilibrium with the living energies of Aura Soma Essential Oils.

11.30-1.00pm Workshop: Power of Energy with Assia Guemra (France)
The power of energy is the capacity to work kinetically with movement. Assia will draw upon her extensive background in both Martial Arts and Oriental dance to share the commonalities rooted in the pelvis. Learn how to celebrate the masculine and feminine energies within you.

1.00-1.30pm Lunch

1.30-2.30pm Panel: Building Bridges
With Kaeshi Chai (PURE, Bellyqueen, Djam Under Jebon), Antonina Canal (Prem Shakti), Alison Fleminger (University Settlement, Play Tank Theater Ensemble), and Myra Krien (SEEDs).
What are the challenges and strategies when creating community to bridge different groups to reach a greater audience.

2.30-4.30pm Procession: Planetary Dance Workshop with Heather Shoopman (CA)
Inspired by Ana and Daria Halprin’s work, you will learn a planetary group dance for healing and community renewal.
The first 2 hours will take place at Speyer Hall at University Settlement, after this, we will visit various public sites to share our dance as a blessing. Appropriate for all ages and abilities.
The procession costume is made up of a crocheted hip scarf, $36 and custom made costume to your measurements $60.

5.30-7.00pm Public Procession to the Brooklyn Bridge and DUMBO (To be confirmed)

LOCATIONS
THURSDAY Workshops: NOLA Studios, 11th floor, Studio A, NYC
FRIDAY Workshops: NOLA Studios, 11th floor, Studio B, NYC
SATURDAY / SUNDAY Workshops & Show @ Speyer Hall, University Settlement, 184 Eldridge St, New York, NY

SUNDAY Procession route will be revealed soon.

COST
4 Day Full Package (Pre-Conference Day+ 3 Day Conference) $375 adv, $425
3 Day Conference (17 hrs Workshops, 3 Panels, Museum Tour, Show & Procession) $295 adv, $325
Pre-Conference Day $115 adv, $135
Single Day (Friday, Saturday or Sunday) $115 adv, $135

Ala Carte
1.5 hour Workshops $35 adv, $45
Panel Discussions $10 adv, $15
Museum Tour $15 adv, $20
Theatrical Dance Show $20 adv, $25

Advanced rate expires on March 17th, 2017

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