The Group Motion Friday Night Workshop (FNW) is a guided ritual of dance and music improvisation that originated in 1971. It arose spontaneously when people from the street joined a company rehearsal. Brigitta provided verbal guidance to the participants that was accompanied by Manfred and other musicians. Channeled by Brigitta, a specific series of guidances, movement meditations, focuses on breath, sound, and movement qualities emerged as a blue print that later led to a practice of structures and interactive games about movement expression, communication, and play.
In a masterful integration of verbal and musical guidance, the workshop is facilitated by Briggitta (voice and drum), and Manfred (voice and keyboard). The FNW has been accessible to people of all ages (dancers and non-dancers alike) for over 47 years, and is still ongoing today!
Over the decades, FNW has evolved, been modified, and informed by several factors: Brigitta’s studies in awareness, holistic healing practices, and Dance/Movement Therapy (including a MA in Somatic Psychology at Naropa University); and Manfred’s ongoing contributions to the workshops, company performances, and touring work, as well as his teaching at the University of the Arts and the University of Pennsylvania.
Throughout the course of its duration, which includes hundreds of Friday night sessions in Philadelphia and numerous retreats and tours across the US and abroad, FNW has reached thousands of people: women, men and children from a spectrum of diverse ethnic and social backgrounds.
Upon demand, a Teacher’s Training was initiated in 1998 and has led to the formation of Satellite Workshops in Wilmington, Delaware, and Wayne in Pennsylvania; Rennes, France; and Berlin, Germany.
The Friday Night Workshop takes place every Friday from 8pm-10pm at the Community Education Center (upstairs) at 3500 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
A parking lot is located in the back of the Community Education Center off of Latimer Street (access from 34th St only). The CEC is also easily accessible by public transportation via the Market-Frankfurt Line at 34th St and Market St or by Market Street buses, the 10 Trolley at 36th St at Lancaster Ave, or other trolleys at 33rd and Market Streets.
General Admission: $20
Students / First-time Participants: $15
10-Class Savings Card: $150