• Dance Digital Education APP

      Ashley, Tamara; Vom Kothen, K.; NESTA (NESTA, 2015-12-31)
      Report on the creation and testing phases of the dancedigital education app that was funded by Arts Council and NESTA
    • Dynamics of rest: more reflections on somatic practice, pain and resting

      Ashley, Tamara (2020-09-21)
      I am going to look at the dynamics of rest in embodied practice. In particular, I look at the interplay between doing and not doing in somatic practice, in pain and trauma contexts. My reflections are situated in my practice as a yoga, dance and somatic teacher.
    • ECITE 2018 in Belgium

      Ashley, Tamara; European Contact Improvisation Teacher Exchange (Contact Collaborations, 2019-01-01)
      Report for the main journal in the field on the event where I was given a funded place to attend in order to document and report on the event.
    • Embodiment and digital interactivity : towards post human somatic practices

      Ashley, Tamara; Cherry, Rachel; Pell, Luke (Intellect, 2016-06-01)
      Editorial.
    • Improvisation and the Earth: dancing in the moment as ecological practice

      Ashley, Tamara (Oxford University Press, 2019-04-09)
      In the chapter, I draw upon artistic practice research to discuss the construction of improvisation scores as a deeply site-sensitive, time-sensitive and person-sensitive process that leads to the construction of specific micro-relations that connect specific practitioners to specific places on the earth. These micro-relations manifest as mindful actions in the detailed cultivation of the earth as a score, where the artists can become concerned with the relational dimensions of their actions in terms of sustainability. I propose that the cultivation of mindfulness and explicit intention of each and every gesture as a contribution to the cultivation of the earth as score is where the ethical work of the artists resides. The chapter offers a broad, questioning and critical perspective on how the practices of improvisation might contribute to the development of a future dance ecology that is both sustainable and inter-connected. Dance improvisation is thus proposed as an activist and applied practice that enables the experiential examination of ecologically sensitive relations, and I assert that the future of the dance ecology is entwined with how we relate to and embody the places in which dance is made.
    • Mapping lineage

      Ashley, Tamara (Contact Collaborations, 2018-01-01)
      Journal article that documents the process of creating the book by the same title.
    • Mapping lineage: lineage maps by improvisation artists

      Ashley, Tamara (Guildford Street Press, 2018-08-01)
      The Mapping Lineage book documents the artistic lineages of post-modern dance artists. Maps were collected at the Form in Question symposium at New York University in January 2016.
    • Somatic perspectives on developing an iPad app for choreography

      Ashley, Tamara (Intellect, 2016-06-01)
      The article offers insight into somatic perspectives that have informed the design of a software application for the iPad. Entitled formXtended, the app is designed to extend the compositional imaginations of users, by engaging them in choreographic tasks that integrate movement, sound and image. The project sought to develop an approach to software design that engaged with principles of inclusion and accessibility for disabled and non-disabled users. The article offers insight into some of the questions and issues addressed by the team in their endeavour to create inclusive app-based activities. The discussion articulates how somatic principles informed both app design stage and in the testing phase with young people, which led to further refinements in the app design. The somatic dimensions of the formXtended project are situated within a larger and more complex collaboration between arts organization, dancedigital, software company, Moviestorm and research partner, University of Bedfordshire.
    • Yielding as an ecologically sensitive and somatic practice

      Ashley, Tamara (2019-03-20)
      These yielding practices are designed to anchor your perception of nature in your senses. They enable you to focus on different senses in the natural environment and observe the emerging relationships. Most practices in this Toolkit are available as recordings, which you can listen to through your device or headphones. However, to benefit most from the sensory immersion in a natural environment that the yielding practice advocates, we recommend that you read the PDF script in advance (link below), print it, and then go outdoors with this score as your guide. Take your time with each invitation: perhaps only try 1 or 2 of the practices at first. Repetition of the practices can be helpful in observing changing perceptual and experiential relationships with nature over time.