SOMA – Body Collaboration Workshop

19th and 20th April 2008

11 am to 5 pm

Venue: Limehouse

Please book to get venue details

07758224334 (Goia) – jorge.goia@bol.com.br

07947596589 (Arthur) – arthur.swindells@gmail.com

Soma is a series of workshops using body games to build a group dynamic. Created in Brazil by Roberto Freire as an anarchist therapy for activists fighting the military dictatorship, Soma focuses in challenging hierarchical relationships, observing the body as material to talk about collaboration, trust, self-esteem, emotions and feelings useful for a life despite capitalism.

Capitalist values of competition, profit, individualism and hierarchy contaminate our belief in the possibilities of freedom. We have all found ourselves giving up on a personal, artistic or work-related dream under pressure to be ‘realistic’ given the political and psychological climate. With so many blatant and latent repressive forces in society, the search for your own freedom is a highly political act.

Soma is an opportunity to study the micro-political and the everyday through our bodies’ response to certain physical exercises. The sessions work out of a framework which incorporates the theories of Wilhelm Reich, anti-psychiatry, Gestalt, the Afro-Brazilian art form of Capoeira Angola and the practice of self-organisation and solidarity. Soma seeks to inspire skills that can transform the way we perceive the world, re-building the body, its dwelling and livelihood.

This workshop aims to start a Soma group which will meet for three more weekends to be scheduled by its participants.

To know more about Soma: www.somaterapia.com.br/eng/soma.jsp