Held From Two Ends
Systemic Constellations Workshop with Mahab Kazmi and Stefan Jovanović
Sunday 4th April
13.30 – 19.30PM (Doors from 13:15PM)
Issueholder – £75 (people who bring their stories)
Representative – £55 (people who come to represent in other people’s stories)
Concession – £45 (students/unwaged, please bring proof)
Systemic Constellations help us understand the systems that we belong to in our lives, helping us better discern the loyalties we bear towards our families, ancestries, and lands. We will be looking at how our family stories and entanglements have survived across the generations and continue to affect our present-day lives through difficulties such as illnesses and discords in our relationships.
For this experiential workshop, Mahab Kazmi & Stefan Jovanović collaborate together in their synchronised holding of the wider field. Whilst the traditional energetic arc of a family systemic constellation session will be respected, participants will be invited to explore new spatial formats of issue-holding and forms of representation. We will be working with the concept of living maps, where you will be asked to represent in someone’s story and report on what arises from within. We will bear witness to the facts with respect, humility, and honour. As a group, we will look towards movement and energy in the field, so that we may identify each individual’s rightful sense of belonging, restoring flow to what may have previously been blocked.
If you feel ready to bring an issue to the circle, then take some time to meditate and reflect on what it is that you currently long for? What is your deepest heart’s desire? What is the movement that you seek, both within and outside of you? Your story will be treated with the utmost respect in a safely held confidential environment. If you would like to work with an issue, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a few lines describing what you would like to receive from the work and and the essential facts about your family and ancestry, so that we may meditate on your story in the time leading up to the workshop.
Please note Chisenhale Dance Space is not a step-free access venue. For access requirements, please contact email@example.com
A full refund will be given to any cancellations made with more than 21 days’ notice.
Half the fee will be refunded to any cancellations made with more than 14 days’ notice.
No refund will be given to cancellations made within less than 10 days’ notice.
About The Artists
In their co-facilitated workshops, Held From Two Ends, Mahab and Stefan explore sharing authority as a way of creating a rich and collaborative space that challenges existing ways of knowing. Issue-holders and representatives are given the best of two worlds, as they work together to choreograph the build-up and resolution of a constellation. Underlying their process is a deep sense of trust in one another as facilitators, which allows for the group to be safely held from two ends.
Stefan Jovanović is an architect, choreographer, therapist and the artistic director of dance- architecture company Studio Stefan Jovanović and therapy practice Kinship Constellations (kinshipconstellations.com). Whilst qualifying as an architect and establishing a career in the performing arts, he trained as a systemic family constellator and somatic therapist; integrating these therapeutic modalities into his choreographic practice. He creates spaces and performances about the kinships of tomorrow, ideas of radical togetherness, and the healing of social and archetypal trauma.
Mahab Kazmi is a relational body psychotherapist, soul activist, integrative body worker, systemic facilitator and creator of the Embodied Journeys group process. She has been working therapeutically with people for the last 12 years. Mahab helps her clients to create their own embodied authority over their experience of being human. Her inclusive approach befriends different ways of seeing, sensing and belonging. Behind her stands her own mixed cultural heritage, a deep appreciation for the healing potential of stories and a previous decade of artistic practice exploring connection, polarities and initiation.