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Embryology of the Clitoris

Come experience a new frontier in somatic practices through anatomical study, meditation, dance, personal investigation, and participate with Christine Cole and Nicole Bindler as they engage in a real time conversation about their research on the embryology of the genitalia in general, and specifically the clitoris.

Jan 27th & 28th, 2018 (Saturday, 11am-6pm & Sunday, 11am-5:30pm)


People of all genders are WELCOME! Please note, this workshop will be a committed feminist and queer-friendly space, and all explorations in this workshop will be practiced fully clothed. 

The embryology of the genitalia represents an unexplored frontier in Body-Mind Centering® (BMC®). Unlike its embryological corollary, the penis, the clitoris is absent from most illustrated anatomy texts. This work remedies the inattention paid to female and non-binary genital development by presenting a framework for embodying multiple potentials for sex and gender expressions through imagery, movement and embryological study, with an emphasis on invagination over penetration. Standing at the intersection of somatics, embryology and gender/sexuality studies, this material uses BMC embodied anatomy through guided solo somatic movement and dance improvisation to explore an underlying biological explanation for sex and gender fluidity. 

In this workshop we will explore human development from the first cells, to the still unsexed 10 week embryo, to the fully grown person. This workshop involves experimentation, anatomical study, and personal and creative practices. 

Additionally, participants will have access to text from two articles by Nicole Bindler about her research called, “Clitoral Embodiment” that were published in the Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices (Vol. 9, No. 1, 1 June 2017) and Contact Quarterly (Vol. 42, No. 1 Winter/Spring 2017).

Christine Cole is a registered Somatic Movement Therapist, Teacher of Body-Mind Centering®, and Practitioner of Integrative Acupressure, with a practice in Body-Mind Centering that extends over 30 years. She's held Faculty positions at the School for Body-Mind Centering® in Amherst, MA and Amsterdam, Holland, and runs her own training in Boston, Vermont, Montreal and Northampton, MA. She has a lifelong practice in Contact Improvisation, Training in Post-Modern and Improvisational Dance and maintains a private practice in Developmental Bodywork in downtown Northampton, MA

Nicole Bindler's performance work and teaching have been presented throughout Europe, North America, Argentina, and in Tokyo, Beirut, Bethlehem, and Quito. Her dances have been supported by the Pew Center for Arts and Heritage, Leeway Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Ellen Forman Memorial Award. Bindler holds a BA in Dance and Poetry from Hampshire College, a degree in Muscular Therapy from the Muscular Therapy Institute, and certificates in Embodied Anatomy Yoga, Embodied Developmental Movement and Yoga, and Practitioner of Body-Mind Centering® from the School for Body-Mind Centering®. She has taught Somatics and Improvisation at Temple University, University of the Arts, and the University of Pennsylvania. Bindler is a member of the Jewish Voice for Peace Artist Council and is the Founder and Director of The Institute for Somatics and Social Justice. www.somaticsandsocialjustice.or


Earlier Event: January 15
Embryology Online Jan/ Feb
Later Event: February 26
Embryology of the Clitoris