Myriam Gourfink: Tibetan Yoga Workshop


Date and Time: Thursday June 1 5:00 PM 
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Lines Dance Center Ballet Studio, 26 7th St, 5th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103

Date and Time: Sunday June 4 10:00 AM 
Duration: 90 minutes
Location: Firehouse, Fort Mason Center

Ticket Information

General Admission: $15 (Discounts for Festival Ticketholders)


Artist Information


Work Sample

Tibetan Yoga with Myriam Gourfink 6/4 


Myriam Gourfink will present a workshop on the breathing techniques in energy yoga (western yoga in the Tibetan Tilopa-Naropa-Marpa tradition) and the private research carried out by Gianna Dupont on the genital tract. The goal of the workshop is to demonstrate “letting go” by promoting work with balance as well as stimulating the deep muscles of the body within the three diaphragms: pelvic, thoracic and cranial.


Myriam Gourfink The respiratory techniques of yoga are at the source of Myriam Gourfink’s endeavors. The idea is to seek after the inner urge that leads to movement. Guided by breath, the organization of bases of support is extremely exact, while the consciousness of space is shaky. The dance becomes slow, tedious within continuous time. This knowledge of movement and space makes possible the conception of choreographies without studio rehearsal. Thanks to what it suggests of a dance situation, there is no need to move in order to feel dance : the senses and the intellect reconstitute it. As do musicians, she uses a symbolic writing system to compose the geometrical universe and poetic evolution of dance. Having studied Labanotation with Jacqueline Challet Haas, she undertook a quest, using this system as a point of departure, for the formalizing of her own compositional language. Each choreography encourages the performer to be conscious of his acts and of whatever passes through him. The scores activate his participation : he makes choices, carries out operations, confronts the unexpected within the written text, to which he responds instantly.

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