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Terra dei Fuochi/Land of Fires excerpts @ Chashama, December 2016!

Terra dei Fuochi/Land of Fires Bianca Falco, labilab
December 15 – December 18, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, December 16, 5:30-7:30pm

Open Hours:
Thursday, December 15 – Saturday, December 17, 2-6pm
Sunday, December 18, 12-6pm

Thursday, December 15, 6pm
Friday, December 16, 6pm
Saturday, December 17, 6pm
Sunday, December 18, 5pm

Terra dei Fuochi / Land of Fires is an environmental performance project which blends modern dance, music, and “documentary theatre” to tell the story of Campania Felix, an area north of Naples, which suffered devastating loss of life due to a toxic waste disaster and scandal. After watching the interviews of mothers who lost their children to cancers related to the toxic waste disaster, Bianca Falco was moved to act.

Learn more about the toxic waste situation afflicting Campania Felix during Open Hours, at the informational exhibit set up in the space.

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About the Choreographer
Bianca Falco has staged thirty-some works in NYC, Canada, and Europe. She graduated in Ballet, and studied Jazz Dance and diverse Modern Dance techniques. She came to NYC on a scholarship from the Nikolais/Louis Dance Lab. Her early experiences in Europe include performing with Murray Louis and operating her own dance school. She received awards and special mentions for both her own video dance projects and as a choreographer for film and theatre.

Bianca seeks to explore connectivity: the interaction and ties people have with each other, other living creatures, objects, and their environment. She explores how the physicality of movement is challenged, modified, and transformed through response and engagement with outer phenomena.

She is from Napoli, one of the most creative, and sometimes, challenging cities in the world. Through dance, she learned that she could transcend difficulties through translating them into modern dance. She hopes to lead everyone to a different perception, a different place, where limitations are beautiful and a key to getting people together to find solutions to social issues as well as personal ones.

Bianca is proud to announce that Terra dei Fuochi / Land of Fires has been invited to be part of La MaMa’s 55th season. The full production will be staged in March 2017.

Coming soon: FUNDRAISER EVENT FOR “Terra dei Fuochi / Land of Fires” Performance Project

I am happy to announce that soon I will announce the date and location of the Fundraiser event for my Environmental Performance Project “Terra dei Fuochi / Land of Fires” .
Great items are going to be available at the Silent Auction!
Live performance preview of the show and more!

meanwhile, you can donate any time and all donations are tax deductible!
All donors will be getting free tickets to the performance and a special mention on the program and online.
Click on the link below and support us, Thanks, Grazie!

DONATIONS TO Land of Fires

Interesting teacher’s point view, from Ardella Bang

THE LINK TO THE FULL POST IS HERE: The Pilates Experience byArdella Bang

Interesting teacher’s point view, from Ardella Bang:
“[….]As the consumer, I would sincerely hope that you would take time to look up the instructors and the classes to see if it is the right fit for you (Like buying a fitting pair of shoes). By doing that, you are doing your research and taking responsibility for the class you are intending to take. Being well informed would enable you to better prepare you for the class beforehand, this could eliminate discomfort in your body after the class as you will be mentally prepared for what you would be in for. Living in a consumer driven society, it is important to be well informed as the decisions that you make will have a direct impact on yourself. In this case, the Pilates experience. I would encourage new students to take a private class with an instructor of your choice who charges the amount that you both could come to consensus with to study for a period of time.
This is a detailed physical practice. It is also an investment on your physical instrument. Hence, you will notice the changes in your body when you are able to grasp the fine details and apply it in your body.
Pilates is a method.[…]”

Why 7 NFL Receivers Do Pilates

Why These 7 NFL Receivers Do Pilates

Escaping the “that’s just for girls” mentality, Pilates has become popular among professional football players looking for an edge. The Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers have both incorporated Pilates into their training regimens….Especially for those in highly mobile positions, like wide receivers, Pilates can facilitate more efficient movement on the field.

Leading by example, the following NFL receivers are using Pilates to their advantage, some as a complement to their weight training, and some as their primary method of strength training.

Calvin Johnson
Back in 2007, performance coach Tom Shaw recruited Pilates instructor Sarah Picot to work with his NFL Draft hopefuls, including 6-foot-5, 240-pound receiver Calvin Johnson. He wanted to supplement all of the hard work they’d been doing on the field with something that might relieve muscle tension and tightness.

“[Picot] knew more about flexibility than we did, and we learned the more flexible you are, the faster you’re going to be,” Johnson told Sports Illustrated at the time.

Johnson was among the players who were very receptive to Pilates. He worked with Picot primarily on core strength, muscle efficiency and balance, and hip and hamstring flexibility.

“People look at Pilates as sort of a girls’ exercise,” Picot told SI, “You can ask one of those men I worked with . . . how much we kicked their butts. They were shaking, they were sweating, they were uncomfortable. And then afterwards they felt calm, relaxed, loose.”

Nate Burleson
Back when Nate Burleson was with the Detroit Lions, he got hooked on Pilates as a way to counteract all the tightness he was experiencing from lifting weights. From his very first session, he felt a “tremendous” difference in the way his body was feeling.

“Lifting just makes you tight,” Burleson told CBS Detroit. He also said that Pilates had not only made his muscles more flexible, it also benefited his ligaments and tendons with more “give.”

“What most guys are doing now, they’re using it as a preventative measure, so it’s almost like ‘prehab’ in a sense,” Burleson continued. “Most guys, especially if you’ve been in the league for a while, your off day is a subtle work day. You’re doing some type of work to keep your body as loose and limber as possible.”

Brandin Cooks
Coming off his NFL rookie season, New Orleans Saints wide receiver Brandin Cooks posted a photo to his Instagram of himself suspended upside down on a Pilates reformer machine.

Cooks was enthusiastic about his Pilates workout, captioning the post “Great session today! Working on all aspects of the body!” Rest assured, he’ll be back for more.

Michael Campanaro & Chris Givens
Two former wide receiver teammates at Wake Forest University, Chris Givens (now with the St. Louis Rams) and Michael Campanaro (with the Baltimore Ravens) recently had an early morning Pilates session together.

With his rookie season behind him, Campanaro is making sure to include Pilates in his off-season workouts. He recently told Brian Bower of the Russell Street Report that his receivers coach has been giving him helpful advice “on getting the hamstrings right,” to get him into “incredible running shape.” As long as your hamstrings are tight, your movement will be restricted, but relaxed hamstrings promote full-range of running motion, as well as postural alignment.

Martellus Bennett
In an interview with Pilates Style, Bennett, a tight end, noted that the demands of his position take a toll on his joints and his lower back. After his first session, Bennett was hooked, and now he does Pilates up to five times a week. He said, “I can lift 500 pounds, but in a Pilates session, there’s always some different type of motion that’s hard for me to do. That’s what is so great about it.”

Bennett believes his Pilates work has improved his ability to change directions on the field, largely due to increased flexibility in his hip flexors. He said, “To counteract the joint compression caused by weightlifting, I go straight from weights to Pilates as often as possible. [It] helps me work on rebalancing and activating my muscles . . . supporting muscles that hold up the bigger ones.”

Antonio Brown

For Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, Pilates is an integral part of his training routine. Brown’s regimen is designed to enhance core strength and develop explosive power in his hips and glutes. He is focused on improving his flexibility with dynamic stretches. “It’s not like weight training . . . it’s all about control and body position, which receivers like myself need the most,” Brown told STACK last year.

“What Pilates does best is it creates muscle balance, so it works on strength and length at the same time,” said Brown’s instructor Christine Ruby. “Ideally, to keep him from getting injured, we need to make sure the muscles on one side of his body match in length and strength the muscles on the other side of the body.”

Ruby has Brown perform functional movements that work multiple muscle groups. Since Brown’s style of running “uses the hip flexors a lot,” his hip flexors are a main area of focus.

In addition to his upper legs and torso, Ruby also works with Brown on strength and alignment in his calves, ankles and feet, all of which usually receive little attention in a traditional gym setting.

Brown said that this whole-body approach, including the feet, has helped him become more “elusive.” In other words, the exercises have benefited his overall balance control, and “knowing how to get my feet where [I want] to go.”

written by Maddy Lucier – As an associate editor for STACK, Maddy creates lifestyle, social media, gear and nutrition content for our audience of athletes. She played volleyball and basketball in high school…
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Forget The Gizmos: Exercise Works Best For Lower-Back Pain

The discrepancy between what’s most effective and what’s most prescribed highlights a bigger problem: The health industry is centered on sellable products, and exercise isn’t one.

“Why are we not prescribing an inexpensive, effective treatment? Some of it is, I think, we don’t think of exercise as being a treatment the way a tablet or a procedure or a physical therapy treatment might,” says Carey. “We’re a fairly pill-oriented society. Pills are easy to take, and as a doctor, pills are easy to prescribe,” he says.

Maher agrees. “We’ve got this perverse incentive in our health care system where we encourage people to innovate in terms of drugs, but we don’t have the same system to get people to innovate in terms of physical activity,” he says.

Read the full npr article, click on the link below!

Forget The Gizmos: Exercise Works Best For Lower-Back Pain