Creating an educational and artistic center in the mountains of Asturias, to promote movement and well-being for the local community. Expand nationally and internationally by inviting interested parties to enjoy this meeting place between nature and culture.
What we offer
- Weekly psychomotor classes for children.
- Weekly classes on body awareness, yoga and stretching for adults and seniors.
- Monthly movement research weekend intensives for an experienced audience.
- Artistic research and creation residencies for both national and international artists.
- Summer camps for groups to investigate movement in indoor and outdoor spaces.
This summer we decided as a family to move to the countryside and root ourselves here with a common life project. The idea for Sala Sabil arises from the lack of offer of activities for well-being and physical care in the Valles del Trubia, where we found our home. We did research in the municipality and the adjoining municipalities to find demand from neighbors for this type of activity, and found there was nothing.
The latest regulations forced us to delay the opening of the space and not be able to generate the necessary economy to continue taking steps in the realization and implementation of the project. Following the advice of family, friends and peers to go through with the project, we decided to trust in a social economy that helps us carry our dream to the end.
Having a journey related to movement, we enthusiastically decided to open a space dedicated to activities such as dance, yoga, body awareness, improvisation and artistic research and creation. Education through movement teaches us the signals of the body. Our body communicates and reflects how we feel and offers us constant information about our state of mind. Our body expression denotes our internal sensations and supports us in our development in all areas. The rural environment gathers the characteristics for reflection in research and creation processes.
This project, due to its novel format, aims to attract people who have the desire to learn, take care of themselves and feel better physically and mentally, with the difference that our we are located in a natural environment in the heart of the Asturian mountains. Simultaneously it aims to bring the activities closer to the people of the municipality, we wish to increase citizen participation with respect to traditional cultural events. We will carry out different activities that will make the space known, through an attractive program and collaboration with local and international entities. We will combine the best of the intercultural within the rural.
Main features and goals of the crowdfunding campaign
We observed that in the cities whilst there is an agglomeration of educational spaces with cultural offers, cities are unstable environments disconnected from nature, liable to collapse and involving a lot of time travelling from A to B. This is why we want to propose:
• To place education through movement in another context where to find space, air, freshness, light, tranquility, silence, wide landscapes, trees, water, earth ...
• Favor and enable this center in nature where to educate, investigate and create through movement and dance, fostering synergies with other spaces for residencies and education.
• Teach and educate based on movement, developing projects in the field, generating networks between the local community and the participants.
• Focus on the local population by offering weekly movement classes for children, yoga and body awareness for adults and seniors.
• Take advantage and use the space to invite international teachers to generate movement encounters and dance workshops on a professional level
• Open calls for artistic research and creation residencies for individuals, groups and companies.
- We will prepare a calendar of events on a national and international level, since there is an international airport 45 minutes away, helping the diversity between cultures.
- We chose this municipality because of the unique rural environment that it offers, as well as the lack of Sala Sabil style activities available before
- We have the opportunity to have a spacious and bright room of almost a 100 m2 where we can carry out our activities. In addition to another room with tables and computers to work if necessary.
- Noting that there is no other offer in all Valles del Trubia, we would be pioneers in the programming of activities such as those offered by the Sala Sabil.
The money raised will be invested in improvements of the space to obtain licenses, all of which are necessary to reach the end of the project. The actions are for the placement and installation of:
- Dampening and soundproofing layer under wooden layer
- Sprung flooring with wooden finish
- Basic lighting of the space.
- Ventilation system.
- Professional website and brand image.
- Basic equipment of the room, cleaning material, yoga material and sound equipment.
Why this is important
We are a group of educators, dance artists and organizers of movement and dance events. We love teaching what we've learned and sharing with more bodies to investigate, create, and keep learning. We’ve been working and collaborating with many people and spaces for years and launched ourselves with all our love and experience to finally create our project of life and community. For us, human beings and nature are inseparable, so we have two homes: the earth, and our bodies. Caring for both is important, and we should never neglect either one. For us, moving to the countryside was the solution to this - a way of living in harmony with our values, thoughts and actions, and inviting other people to join in.
We are directed towards
To all the people who feel that the body is their home and that is why we have to listen to it, taking into account our needs as individuals and their needs as an ecosystem, one cannot live without the other. To people who have creativity as one of their main values, for which it is necessary to investigate and practice movement. We want to contribute to culture, knowing the difficulty as artists of obtaining residencies due to the existing demand, providing a space with everything necessary to make it possible.
Leaving the city for the countryside and bringing innovation here is a solution, a way of living in harmony with our values, thoughts and actions and inviting other people to join.
Team and experience
Our team has years of experience in teaching, creating and promoting dance and movement. We have an extensive network of students, artists, collaborators and cultural agents willing to support this project in its realization, support and use of the space.
The project has an associative vocation, so we have local and international entities to complete the technical and human team that will make up the project. In the first place, we have the entities of the Villanueva de Santo Adriano council, to accommodate the participants of the different weekend activities and facilitate needs as they pass through the town. In the place where the space is located there is public parking, restaurant and a hotel. At the same time, we have international associations and entities with which to collaborate to publicize the project and generate networks and synergies.
Manon Siv Duquesnay French-Danish, dancer, choreographer and teacher, has studied a BA in dance between Uniarts (SE) and Institut del Teatre (ES), and is currently completing her Master at DASPA (DK). She lives and shines for teaching, creating and dancing; with her company DuqLav Dance she generates works and dance community, with the Project V platform she teaches equality through artistic events and she furthermore teaches and creates choreographies in various countries.
Borja Llorente from Madrid, dancer, teacher, coach and cultural agent. He trained in dance with different teachers and schools, traveling while sharing his knowledge and learning around the world. He studied his PDC in Permaculture between London (UK) and Liguria (IT) and participated in the design and development of an intensive Permaculture farm in Cáceres (ES). Currently he is a cultural agent, organizes and teaches at festivals and workshops nationally and internationally and is eager to integrate everything into this project.
Isabel de la Sierra from Santander, art director, artist and designer. She has taken courses in Engraving, Stamping Techniques, Art Editing and Graphic Design at the Oviedo School of Art, Master of editorial design at the BAU design school in Barcelona and Monographic on Lithography and Engraving at the Llotja school in Barcelona (ES). She has won, amongst other things, the Cajastur Social and Cultural Work Art Grant, Asturias Award, Young Revelation in Visual Arts and Final Degree Award from the Department of Art Books.
Lucas Condró is a dancer, choreographer and teacher. Since 2012 and up to the present, he has carried out his ASYMMETRICAL-MOTION project: a movement research with the aim of developing and systematizing his experience in the pedagogical practice of contemporary dance.
Dasha Lavrennikov born in Moscow, Russia, dancer, teacher, curator and researcher of movement and live arts. She has a BA in contemporary dance in the United States, MA in Performing Arts between Denmark and France, and a PhD in Aesthetics, Communication and Culture (UFRJ) in Brazil. She has worked in various projects and spaces of theaters, alternative spaces, museums and galleries in the world. She currently lives in Barcelona working at the Barcelona Institute of Arts and collaborating as a teacher in the Master in Performing Practices and Visual Culture in Madrid.
Poliana Lima is a choreographer and dancer living in Madrid since 2010. Taking her body as the central object of her expression, she explores the possibilities of creating a poetic on stage that is capable of communicating in a simple and profound way with the public. Themes such as identity and memory are recurrent in her creations, as well as the relationship between creation and pedagogy, which she sees as a fundamental part of her work as an artist.
BIRCA space for artistic residency and coaching directed by Susanne Danig, performing arts producer, consultant and international innovator. She owns and runs Danig Performing Arts Service. Susanne works with performing artists mentoring and coaching and uses BIRCA for courses, strategic artist planning, residencies and festivals.
Casa Folgueras in Asturias, a charming rural guesthouse that Pierre Boutonnet and Marie Duquesnay made by renovating a traditional mountain farmhouse. It is located in a unique, natural environment, surrounded by wild and perfectly preserved nature, next to the future Sala Sabil.
Santo Adriano City Council Cristina Lopez, head of the Local Development Agency collaborates and strengthens the social networks and companies that reside in the council.