Liz Magic Laser and choreographer Cori Kresge will orchestrate a healing round robin experience, together with Laser’s therapist collaborators from Convulsive States. Participants will be guided through embodiment exercises that invoke shaking, cycling through 15-minute samples of practices such as holotropic breathwork, voice dialogues and GYROKINESIS® method. These workshops will be led by multidimensional medicine woman and physical therapist Eia Buenconsejo, birth doula Bonu deCaires, wellness coach Erik Potempa, dancer and Zero Balance therapist Cori Kresge, and GYROTONIC® Master Trainer Naoko Moriyama Robbins. Ambient music, created by GOBBY and sound designer Jared Arnold, will provide the soundscape.
This event will be presented as part of our November 2023 Second Sundays program.
About the Artists
Eia Buenconsejo is a multidimensional medicine woman/healer, a shamanic breathwork facilitator, holistic physical therapist—who has been practicing for over 22 years. She has owned a Wholistic physical therapy practice since 2009 in New York City, called I-OM Physical Therapy P.C, where her unconventional approach to healing the body was shifting our relationship to pain and understanding the interconnectedness of our life’s experience, our environment, our mental and emotional body to the way the body can heal from the inside out.
In 2019, she opened the doors to Anima Illuminare Mystery School~ Temple of the Sacred~ awakening medicine women to their multidimensional healing abilities and teaching her unique signature modality, RA Illuminare Multidimensional Healing℠. She has also developed the Spiral Sequence, an embodiment practice that opens our bodies to a deeper access to the internal landscapes within—the chaos, the stuck and repressed emotions, past memories stored in the tissues, awakening life force. She is passionate about helping people change their relationship to pain by uncovering the root cause, alchemizing the pain, embracing it as our teacher to bring rapid transformational healing from relationship to pain by uncovering the root cause, alchemizing the pain, embracing it as our teacher to bring rapid transformational healing from within. Born with psychic gifts, incorporating ancient energy healing systems, and her ability to commune with the energetic body, Buenconsejo brings individuals back to a sense of wholeness, awakening the individual to their soul’s purpose. Aligning, repairing and repatterning the soul body to heal and awaken.
Cori Kresge is a NYC-based dance artist, licensed massage, and Zero Balancing therapist. She has been a frequent collaborator and performer with Liz Magic Laser, and has worked with numerous artists on works for stage and film, including Rashaun Mitchell, Silas Riener, Charles Atlas, Stephen Petronio Company, Wendy Osserman Dance Company, Alla Kovgan, Zuzka Kurtz, Madeline Hollander, and others. Kresge's choreographic work has been presented by Beach Sessions Rockaway, Movement Research, Goethe in the Skyways, Center for Performance Research, Elevation 1049-Switzerland, and Dance Roulette. She regularly teaches for the Merce Cunningham Trust, and is a guest teacher at NYU Tisch, SUNY Purchase, and School for Poetic Computation, and others. She has written two poetry chapbooks: isn’t devotion (No, Dear/Small Anchor first chapbook prize, 2019) and Combustion Suite, (Bored Wolves, 2023). In 2020, she founded Play With Matches Workshop, pairing international artists of different disciplines together to co-mentor one another as they create.
Erik Potempa is a New York-based personal trainer and fitness coach with over twenty years of experience, as well as the creator of the H.A.T.E. workout (Harness your Anger and Transfer the Energy... to gratitude). He holds multiple certifications including ACE personal trainer, Pilates Mat, prenatal exercise, Kettlebells, TRX (suspension and rip core), motivational interviewing, voice dialogue coaching, and mindfulness meditation. He also offers a free Intro to Voice Dialogue Zoom workshop on every third Thursday of the month, as well as in person Voice Dialogue training that he co-teaches with his mentor Bridgit Dengel Gaspard, LCSW.
Naoko Moriyama Robbins came to New York 1988 to further her dance career. She studied many different styles of dance and performed with several different choreographers; she has also become a successful Director of Education for Japanese children, both at Educational Alliance West and Friends Academy. Robbins has taught at nursery schools and several dance schools, including the 92nd Street Y’s Harkness Dance Center. Since 1990, she has been an integral part of the Peridance faculty, teaching ballet and Gyrokinesis, serving as foreign student advisor for 11 years as she continued teaching dance education for young children. She has been a mentor, and often friend, to hundreds of parents, children and foreign dancers from all over the world. Robbins discovered Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis in early 1997, starting the exercise for herself to maintain a healthy life. Gyrotonic training has inspired and motivated her discipline of both body and mind, expanding her entire outlook on education and life. Robbins became a master trainer for Gyrotonic and Gyrokinesis level 1 and level 2, and in specialized equipment. Since 2009, Naoko has started to expand from teaching in the United States to also teaching in her home country, educating new Gyrotonic teachers and making a bridge between the United States, Japan, China, and other Asian countries. In the winter of 2011, she opened her own studio, expanding her teaching teacher training as well as regular clients.
Bonu deCaires attended her first birth at 4 years old, and has vivid memories of meeting her brother. She attended her first births as a lay doula in 1997 with a traditional Mayan Midwife in Belize. She has been a professional labor support doula and childbirth educator since 2004 and has helped thousands of families prepare for their births and postpartum time periods. In 2018 Bonu became a certified labor doula trainer and is helping to educate the next generation of doulas. She is also a certified breastfeeding counselor and has helped thousands of families with feeding. She has a bachelor's in Biology from Amherst College and a master's in Nutritional Science from UMass. Bonu learned the techniques of optimal fetal positioning well before they were introduced to the mainstream in recent years and used these in her own efficient birth experience. Bonu continues to support births in the NY Metro area and uses all sorts of shaking and movement techniques to facilitate the birth process.
Liz Magic Laser: Convulsive States is made possible by generous funding from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation. It is also supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in Partnership with the City Council, as well as the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.