Auckland dancer and choreographer Raewyn Thorburn retired last year after 30 years of teaching the somatic practice Skinner Releasing Technique. In this article Raewyn talks to Francesca Horsley about Skinner Releasing Technique (SRT) and how, after walking into a class at The University of Auckland in 1979, it became the major direction in her dance life.
Always passionate to further her knowledge and skill, she travelled regularly to Seattle, in the United States, to study with dance innovator Joan Skinner who developed the technique in the 1950s and 60s.
Discovering harmonious movement Raewyn first came across the Skinner Releasing Technique in the late 1970s while she was managing and teaching contemporary dance classes at The Auckland University recreation centre.
The SRT philosophy views dance as a kinaesthetic art form which works with the mind-body connection in a very different way from conventional techniques. Raewyn sees the technique as an experience involving imagery, which leads to a deeper connection to thoughts, feelings, physical sensations - everything from the architecture of bone structure of the body to the way that nerves and muscles respond.
Read the full article (Iss. 28) Imaging Movement