Background of Art in Motion
In 2009 Zahira had the idea of creating a course for university students who wanted to get more creative. She created Art in Motion with classes focused on choreographic composition derived from paintings in the university's art museum. In 2014 Zahira participated in an art therapy course with Meera Hashimoto and through that process and other creative healing and therapy trainings, Zahira continued to develop Art in Motion to what it has become today, and it is always in flux. Just like life. Art in Motion now includes the elements of the art that lie within; our energy, the colors we are drawn to, the movements our body would like to explore. So, there's no aesthetic desire. There's no planned outcome. There's only the intention to explore in a safe and playful space. And with wonderful unforgettable experiences.
Thus far, Zahira has facilitated Art in Motion for multiple groups in Brazil, the Netherlands, Greece, and (online) Palestine.
Photo taken during Meera's art therapy workshop in Osheanic International, Brazil
In Art in Motion the focus is on dance improvisation, allowing the body to lead the movement and observing the control of the mind. It is a deep mindfulness practice, facilitated in a playful, safe and joyful way, including guided meditation for grounding and connecting to the inner world. This workshop allows you to step out of form and into Being. The workshop also provides creative assignments in different ways: drawing our inner energy in abstract ways on paper, dancing what we’ve drawn, dancing what someone else drew… All to stimulate being in the moment, observing, becoming aware of what moves inside of us. All of these methods are intended to get out of the head and into the body, to let the wisdom of the body speak.