This workshop is a glimpse into the wider world of hearing and listening. The nexus of listening, sensing and sounding will be touched upon by movement research, somatic practices, exploration of the auditory organ, mindfulness of listening, and Deep Listening scores. Through witnessing the synesthesic aspects of  listening we can open to a deeper state of consciousness found in the boundless inner and outer body. 


Listening Bodies


Monica Gentile is a dancer, choreographer, Hatha Yoga Teacher and a martial arts practitioner (Kung fu and Aikido). Her dance practice is based on Movement Research and Somatic Practicies. Since a very young age she trained in Ballet and Contemporary dance. Her choreographic work and physical research investigates the embodiment of animalistic qualities, trance, minimalism, and the states of the body, energy and breath. The point of reference in her work is not only the body itself, but how we place it and perceive it in relation with what surrounds us. In 2015 she became Laughing Yoga Leader, working with Chronical pain patients at the Immanul Klinik (Berlin DE). In the last year she is travelling around the world, developing and teaching Listening Bodies.


Composer and teaching artist Michael Reiley McDermott has created music for video, dance, theater, concerts, gallery installations, smartphones, multi-speaker arrays, kinetic sculptures, wishing wells, and sleeping/dreaming across the spectrum of listening consciousness. His practice explores the relationship between present moment awareness, deep time and humanity’s personal connection through listening. Over the past years, he has been traveling at artists residencies around the world in Brazil, Iceland, Germany, Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, and India working on a sound design project of extinct animal sounds called Echozoo and teaching with his Deep Listening and Somatic based workshop called Listening Bodies. Michael is currently a teacher at the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and studying to become a certified therapeutic musician with the Music for Healling and Transition Program.