This first session brings together an art-inspired yoga sequence led by Emily Kamen, inspired by the 1969 Joan Mitchell painting Sunflower VI, with an experimental, live musical accompaniment by Zachary Hann. The workshop will last 1.5 hours and will be an energetic flow with modifications open to all levels with an extended wind-down and meditation at the end.
Register for this free virtual event here. No prior experience required.
Emily Kamen (MA ’20) is an art historian, educator, environmentalist, and lover of movement. A life-long dancer, her yoga practice strengthened and developed while she was an undergraduate student at Princeton University. She completed her teacher training in 2014 and has been teaching students of all ages and abilities since. After earning her MA in June 2020 at the Graduate Program in the History of Art at Williams College and the Clark Art Institute, Emily has been teaching yoga classes inspired by works of art in the collection of the Williams College Museum of Art. She is always looking for creative ways to combine and refine her passions for art, environmental consciousness, living beings of all species, and joyful movement. In addition to her yoga practice, Emily is the Associate Director of Pamela Salisbury Gallery, Hudson, New York, a teacher of experiential education courses for high school students, and an endurance athlete.
Zachary Hann is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and teaching artist based in North Adams, Mass. His work explores the throughlines that connect classical, jazz and experimental music. A graduate of the Juilliard School, Zachary has performed around the world on both clarinet and saxophone. In 2017, he gave the United States premiere of Ravishi Nur (Transmission of Light), a saxophone concerto by Tagik-Canadian composer Farangis Nurulla-Khoja. Recent engagements include performances with the American Ballet Theatre Orchestra and the Colburn Orchestra. In addition to performing, Zachary is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of musicians. From 2018-2020 he worked extensively with the teaching artist collective Bridge Arts Ensemble. He now teaches at the Music Program at Bard College, where he is the youngest serving faculty member.
About the series
Cures for Strange Times is a series of virtual workshops throughout January that brings wellness and creativity together in hands-on creative exchanges. Pairing wellness practitioners from the Northern Berkshire community with local artists and makers, these interactive experiences center reflection, play, making and embodiment as forms of learning and being.