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Listening Bodies

a teaching and artistic framework exploring embodiment, Somatic and Deep Listening© Practices

About

Listening Bodies is a teaching and artistic framework developed by Italian choreographer and Movement Researcher Monica Gentile and American composer and sound artist Michael Reiley . Their work includes practices in Movement Research/dance improvisation and partnering, Deep Listening, breathing techniques, sound-walks, guided meditations, mindfulness of listening and singing performance scores.

Listening Bodies integrates Monica and Michael’s interest in physiology, anatomy, paleontology, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience. Listening Bodies workshops have been offered in the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Germany, Denmark and the UK.

Teaching Aritsts

Monica Gentile

Monica Gentile’s choreographic work and physical research investigate the embodiment of animalistic qualities, trance, minimalism, and the states of the body, energy, and breath. In particular, she is interested in investigating contrasting concepts within the body (presence/absence, solidity/evanescence) with a visual and imagery based approach. Her intent is to reveal these paradoxical states through evocative choreographic elements and in the construction of hybrid figures with the body and its gestures. Her work is characterized by a strong presence – creating an atmospheric/imaginary space around the body and expressing connections to forms found in nature, landscapes, and the geographical. The point of reference in her work is not only the body itself but how we place it and perceive it in relation to what surrounds us.

She graduated at the University “DAMS THEATER” at the Faculty of Philosophy and Literature of Bologna. She is a dancer, choreographer, Yoga Teacher and a martial arts practitioner (Kung fu and Aikido). Her dance practice is based on Movement Research and Somatic Practices. The choreographers and artists she has worked with have brought her to understand artistic practice as a political, ethical choice, related to the artist’s surroundings: Virgilio Sieni (Director of the Biennale Danza, Venice), Simona Bertozzi, Anna Albertarelli (working in the companies Gohatto and Vi-Kap), Michele Di Stefano (MK), Sonia Brunelli (Barokthegreat), Cristina Rizzo (Kinkaleri) with whom she formed the group of research CAN I. More recently in Berlin Peter Player, Maria Francesca Scaroni, Renate Graziadei, Maya Carroll and Julyen Hamilton, Keith Hennessy, Clara Furey, Nita Little

From 2011 she attended the School of Hatha Yoga ISYCO through the Department of Oriental studies of the University of Torino where she got the Degree of Hatha Yoga Teacher. She has been teaching since 2010 and has a wide range of experience with her body and a broad knowledge of the body’s anatomy and Indian physiology. In 2015 she became Laughing Yoga Leader, working with Chronical pain patients at the Immanul Klinik (Berlin). In 2018 she collaborated with the Choreographer Alessandro Sciarroni in the production ”Augusto” as a Laughter Yoga Coach.

Michael Reiley

Michael Reiley is a composer, musician, coder, and sound designer. He has created works for video, dance, stage, installation, smartphones, multi-speaker arrays, wind sculptures, wishing wells and sleeping/dreaming. His practice explores the relationship between present moment awareness, deep time and humanity’s personal connection through listening. His work integrates a daily practice of meditation, Deep Listening and textured sound worlds through a process he calls “sonic photography”. This process involves site-specific recordings of physical spaces re-imagined using photographic development and collage techniques. His aim is to reframe the everyday world as both a grand statement that stretches out in both directions of time and as an ephemeral instant of precious connection.

In 2016 he completed a certification program in Deep Listening studying with Deep Listening pioneer Pauline Oliveros. He was recently Artist in Residence at , Composer in Residence for Temple University’s BEEP Ensemble and Composer in Residence at Village of the Arts and Humanities. Over the past two years, he has been traveling at artists residencies around the world in Brazil, Iceland, Germany, Thailand, and India working on a sound design project of extinct animal sounds called Echozoo.

The Journey

sensing

exploring the fluidity of senses through the synesthesic nature of phenomenon

hearing

the evolutionary journey of the ear from sound to brain waves

orienting

how the ear guides us through four dimentional spacetime

listening

revealing connection through listening consciousness

Workshop offerings

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Singing Scores

Exploring vocalization, sounding, resonance and sonification practices.

Inner Ear Explorations

experiencing direction, orientation, equlibrium and speed through inquiry and movement practices

ASMR

Live Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response explorations to discover the synesthetic reality of hearing.

Movement Research

creating improvised movement scores using listening and other somatic body practices as inspiration.

Soundwalks

sound walks are ways to experience our sonic reality through various modes of listening with our ears, feet, body and consciousness.

Meditation

Guided meditations exploring Listening Consciousness as a tool for sharpening and deepening our perception and senses

News, Workshops and Events

Workshop

Koncertkirken

A day-long workshop for a large group in a beautiful resonate church in central Copenhagen. We performed movement, sounding and listening scores.
Performance

Tanzfabrik

Michael and Monica will perform an improvised set of movement and sound exploring themes of Listening Bodies and their current research. Common Ground Sunday 07.07…
Workshop

Lake Studio Berlin

We had a wonderful intimate workshop at Lake Studio Berlin. The workshop featured a lot of movement practices using the large space of the main…
Workshop
Taller National de Danza
Workshop
Casa Lü
Workshop
Seltik
Workshop
Gallería Experimal Liliput
Workshop
Ánimal Casa Rural
Workshop
Tatwerk
Workshop
Liebig12 ASMR
News
Indiegogo Campaign
Workshop
GlogauAIR Soundwalk
Workshop
Mascher Space Coop Workshop

It was a unique experience to explore different ways of listening inside and outside of the body – in an indoor space as well as in nature with all its subliminal sounds, using our ear and voice to let in and to let out.

Listening Bodies Participant, ‎Bini Pfeiffer‎Lake Studios Berlin

Interested in joining one of our workshops or presenting us at your center or institution?