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29th Annual U.S.A. Body-­‐Mind Centering® Association Conference, Steve Clorfeine- featured presenter
June 18, 2014, 4:33 pm
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29th Annual U.S.A. Body‐Mind Centering® 

Association Conference Body‐MindCentering® 

and The Moving Body

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New YorkU.S.A.

With Pre‐Conference Featured Presenters Steve Clorfeine 

June 25/26, 2014 and Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen June 26/27,2014


Featured Presenter Steve Clorfeine:

Original performance developed through improvisation has been the foundation of Steve Clorfeine’s 35 years as a performer, director, and teacher.  He studied improvisation with Barbara Dilley, one of the early members of Merce Cunningham’s company.  At the same time, he studied writing and poetics with Allen Ginsberg, Diane DiPrima, Ted Berrigan and a host of New York and California writers gathered at The Naropa Institute.  While performing improvised work, he met Meredith Monk and became a member of her company for 12 years, performing and teaching in the U.S. and Europe.

At the same time he joined Ping Chong’s Fiji Company, also performing and teaching in Europe and the U.S.  From 1977 on, he has created his own work, using physical theater as a base for introducing text, film, and characters.  Collaborations include musicians Jerry Granelli, Steve Gorn, and Jay Clayton; actors/dancers Lanny Harrison, Arawana Hayashi, Brenda Bufalino,  and Wendell Beavers.  In theater and storytelling workshops, he begins with sound and movement exercises aimed at accessing each person’s storehouse of imagination.  Movement sound call up memory in surprising, often provocative ways, that cannot be “thought out.”  The exercises allow images, feelings, and their expression to arise in the context of mind-body relationship.  From that place, he believes we can more fully enter the world of embodied memory and expression, and begin to tell our stories.

Steve has been a student of meditation for the past 40 years, mainly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Shambhala traditions.  As a member of the Shambhala community and the formative Naropa University community, his practice has included formal training in the Vajrayana path of Tibetan tradition, in the Shambhala teachings and practices associated with it, and in the traditional arts and contemplative arts practices, particularly contemplative movement, T’ai Chi, theater, and writing.

He has trained as a meditation instructor, as a director of Shambhala Training, and as a contemplative arts practice director.  In teaching arts-based courses and workshops since 1973, he has incorporated a contemplative approach, often including sitting and walking meditation practice and drawing on his studies in T’ai Chi and ‘dharma art’ principles on perception and mindfulness-awareness.  Through the forms of improvisation and “deep play” he has been able to present techniques that draw people closer to their creative strengths and awaken their healthy resistances.

All of his adult life Steve has been engaged in teaching and, for much of it, engaged in performance.  In addition to years on the faculty at the State University of New Paltz, Naropa University, Amsterdam Theater School, Dance Therapy Institute of Switzerland, and Remshied Akademie of Germany, he has been an artist-in-residence in public schools in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.  Working with teachers and children, he has observed the growth in self-confidence that both groups experience through physical theater improvisation, and how the work creates a level playing ground for students of diverse backgrounds and intelligences.  This supports his deep interest in contemplative education and engagement with peers whose interest and training parallel his experience.

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