Being fully present in the abundance of the “Here and Now”, exploring
inner complexity, flexibility, spaciousness and choice.
Hello and welcome to my site,
my name is Daniela and I am originally from Germany. I moved to Cornwall in 2012 having simply fallen in love with the place.
My background is in Dance and Bodywork as well as in Clowning, Drama and Psychology, as you might find out visiting the pages on my site.
The heart of my work is “Fooling”. These adult workshops consist of the Art of Improvisation, playing with each moment as it appears, stepping onto an empty stage without knowing what to say or knowing what will happen next . It might sound like your worst nightmare but if you dare to step over the cliff, like the proverbial fool, you will see that you never hit the bottom. You will be guided in a very gentle way as I will be supporting you in doing what YOU want to do. I never liked those teachers who where throwing me into something just to make me look foolish, as I have experienced lots of abuse in theatre trainings – I like to bring adults back to playing. As adults we don`t get many chances to learn playfooly , giving ourselves permission to be who ever we are without being stuck to who we think we are …. We tell stories that come out of being, lying within in our bodies, looking through our eyes, opposed to doing or thinking what we are supposed to do and therefore standing beside our bodies.
Body- another major part of my work is bodywork as in “Bartenieff Fundamentals”. BF helps to truly get back into our bodies and find ways to more inner connectivity and outer expressivity. It is a process of reclaiming healthy body connections by repeating consciously the developmental patterning stages of movement ; from being within the womb, to fully grown, upright contralateral walking. But be aware, I asked my teacher once the question “And what happens if I have found all connections within my body , will I be happy then ? ” and she answered ” There is a reason why people have body splits or blockages – you will start to feel again, feel things that you did not want to feel and that is why you created these blockages in the first place”. A good movement session will bring feelings into motion, helping you to feel more alive within yourself, your body, and to remain healthy in your life.
Body-Mind and Dance – is free dancing without learned steps, but learning about the language of the body moving in space , shape, its dynamics and in relationship. These workshops and classes are based on Laban Movement Analysis and allow us to understand a bit more about the hidden meaning of movement in dance and everyday life, exploring personal preferences and becoming aware of our unique movement imprints while we broaden our movement vocabulary . Suitable for adults and people who work professionally with dance and movement. You can change your life in a dance class!
Dancing with the Selves- with a multitude of sub -personalities that inhabit our bodies and run our lives; often from the dark and from past conditioning, following rules we have never questioned and never asked why they are there, if they make sense and if we want to follow them. Dancing with polarities, holding both sides and moving beyond , making more conscious choices. Voice Dialogue helps us to become aware of the selves we identify with. We discover that actually we are more than we think we are and it is here when the Aware Ego Process gets born. I give Voice Dialogue on a one-to-one basis in my own practice in Penzance and Truro .
Let the puppets dance
`All of a sudden I ceased to exist.
There were only the puppet and the child left …
The puppet could do whatever it wished and took both of us – the child and me, its player –into its world of freedom and adventure.´(Johannes Oreley)
Introductory courses for parents, educators, pedagogues, therapists and anyone interested in playing with glove puppets.
With puppetry I mostly work for institutions, schools, libraries, nurseries and churches in Germany, as it does not seem so popular in england as a method to be used for educational purposes. I would be happy to change that. If you are part of an organization and want to book a workshop please don`t hesitate to contact me.
So this is my repertoire. I have come to the realization that one discipline actually feeds the other in a beautiful interwoven cycle. There is no hierarchy, no linear process, just different focuses and entry points to more aliveness before we die . I remember my mother questioning on her deathbed “Have I lived? ” I truly don`t want to ask myself this question when it is my time to go.
She was a great teacher for me and she was giving me the delegation to be free, alive and seeing where she could not. She will be always with me.
I hope that I have gone some way in in giving you an overview and you can find more detailed information on the pages of my website. Feel free to contact me if you have questions.
The Wisdom of Foolishness and The Laughing
Philosopher Lin Yutang
Speaking as a Chinese, I do not think that any civilization can be called complete until it has progressed from sophistication to unsophistication, and made a conscious return to simplicity of thinking and living, and I call no man wise until he has made the progress from the wisdom of knowledge to the wisdom of foolishness, and become a laughing philosopher, feeling first life’s tragedy and then life’s comedy. For we must weep before we can laugh. Out of sadness comes the awakening and out of the awakening comes the laughter of the philosopher, with kindliness and tolerance to boot.