PRAXIS Oslo is a laboratory for the study of dance and movement-based forms. The goal of our programming is to strengthen the freelance experimental dance and performance community, address issues of concern in the field through classes, conversations, seminars, workshops, social events and creating affordable accessible rehearsal space. PRAXIS Oslo creates an inside for outsiders, a container for dance artists who don’t fit inside of other institutional frameworks.
PRAXIS Oslo supports, promotes and generates: - an expanded understanding of dance training, education and daily practice - an expanded understanding of dance, choreography and performance - a stronger collegial dance community
One way we do this is by offering classes in somatic practice which can open the door to radically inclusive movement potentials. Somatic practice is an integrated and embodied approach to movement, bodies and consciousness which can be practiced by anybody irregardless of age, ability, disability, or gender. Somatic practice invites a slowing down to feel. We learn to sense and initiate movement from anywhere inside of ourselves. Through practice we learn that somatics is not only about creating flexible mobile bodies, but flexible minds. This creates a very generative place for movement exploration and dance making. Another way we do this is to offer subsidized studio space through our UNLOCK SPACE program. A larger goal we are working towards is the development of a radically accessible democratically run dance studio, residency space and related work space for PRAXIS Oslo and the freelance dance community in Oslo.
Our partners include PRAXIS Festivalen, Skuespiller- og dansealliansen, Musikkteaterforum, Norsk Skuespillersenter, PRODA, CODA Oslo International Dance Festival to build seminars and workshops for the field.