C O R E M O T I O N
C O R E M O T I O N is a movement practice that expands the potential of embodiment through movement, meditation, action, voice and performance. It is conceived around these questions: "Where does movement comes from? How does it crystallize as language in life and performance? How does this process inform health?" Essentially, C O R E M O T I O N is an experiential process that offers a contemplation, at large, of the impetus of action and movement as the internal and external fluxes of our organism, within both our immediate and our cosmic environments.
Faïn’s research was originally inspired by the fact that she had to overcome serious back problems. This lead a journey into performance and teaching with an approach that fuses the creative and healing processes. In France, from the eighties until 1996, she mostly taught people with mental and physical disabilities. This taught her how to observe and adapt her understanding of what movement is.
The foundation of C O R E M O T I O N was developed over a period of 35 years with five main influences that serve as both creative and healing processes in one holistic approach to embodiment, movement, voice, and performance.
The five main influences that inform C O R E M O T I O N’s philosophy of movement and action as experience, language, and performance are:
The study of the mutual influences between the body and architecture relative to:
Baratha Natyam, South Indian classical dance, and South Indian temples.
The study of ancient Greek Theatre within the architecture of an ancient Greek amphitheater and the connection to medicine (specifically askepian practice or dream incubation)
The architect Le Corbusier
Since 1983, Faïn practiced external and internal forms of Chi Kung, martial arts, and the study of the Chinese five element theory .
Western somatic practices (Faïn has been an Alexander Technique teacher since 1991)
The study of Chinese energetics taught Faïn to work with what is called our constitution. Our constitution, or blueprint, is the way the five elements of Water, Metal, Wood, Fire, and Earth are organized within each of us and manifest as our general tendencies physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and so on. In this way, our constitution is in constant flux according the elements of our environment such as the weather, seasons, the movement of the universe, our location, our immediate physical surroundings, the events of life and aging.
The name C O R E M O T I O N comes from an understanding that, as a full organism, we constantly transform. This itself is movement. The word C O R E refers to what Faïn’s calls the empty vulnerable pivot where all (body and surroundings) are available to be activated as potential intention, initiation into a contemplative action where object/affect is one. A process of kenosis or ‘emptying' and letting go of reactive patterns enables one to instantly grasp the placing of the initiation of a motion’s occurrence interdependently, within and without. Multiple possibilities can be initiated in synchronicity while simultaneously trying to keep the pivot empty and vulnerable. This principle allows the practitioner to access a place within which is not the body itself. This enables a contemplative experience of action/movement as an agent of transformation, while articulating a performative language.
The empty vulnerable pivot is a tool to work within these dynamics while remaining aware -- but non-reactive -- to the experiences we have. It is to help with following through intention, and making choices while being in touch with the outermost and innermost alignment of both our personal and universal realities. Faïn sees the C O R E as something unknown to reveal in infinite ways. In that process, multiple experiences take place, and can become language and composition through the physical, emotional, energetic, spiritual, and intellectual realms.
C O R E M O T I O N is structured yearly around the change of seasons and its correlated elemental associations. The focus evolves from one element to another and the dynamics at play within each according to the Chinese five element theory.
In C O R E M O T I O N, one works the INNER STRUCTURE of the bodymind through a rigorous process where the inner strength of the body develops, energy centers open and the experience of the different systems of the bodymind become more tangible. These elements are worked in both a technical and an intuitive framework within the weekly classes. Seasonal workshops complement and intensify what is taught during the year. They also include specific Qigong and Tai Chi forms, Internal Alchemy practices, and other subjects -- such as emotions and application of the Chinese five element theory -- for personal use or movement activation and performance.
C O R E M O T I O N is a tool to bring these experiences into all creative work. Faïn sees our personal constitution what we’re made of or ‘makeup’, which teaches us to be experientially embodied in a technology that works within and without simultaneously.