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We Are = Movement creates embodied public spaces


An astounding abundance of knowledge currently exists about intelligent body movement.  We would like to see that reflected in our public discourse & education, as well as in most peoples’ understanding & movements.


By engaging with the public artistically, we’re taking embodiment out of the health & wellness arena & into a context that broadens the dialogue, incites curiosity & informs the public’s direct experience with body literacy.


Our story

We Are = Movement started because we wanted to engage the public in really surprising ways about body literacy.


We started We Are = Movement in 2012 with a week-long Pop-Up Event in a corner storefront in the Mission District of San Francisco.  We set up “The Practice Gallery,” in which people shared their private movement practices in view of the public.  It wasn’t performance, it wasn’t a class, it wasn’t a rehearsal. For the duration of a week, people walking to work, people who worked in the neighborhood, people who lived nearby & on the street, were presented with concentrated, intentional human movement that they normally didn’t see. Or hadn’t ever seen before. And those practicing were likewise effected in ways they couldn’t have anticipated.We asked people from varied fields to share their work with the public through the lens of the body. Participants included a painter, a NASA robotics engineer, a violinist, a public speaker on education reform, a professor of applied sciences, a yoga instructor, amongst others.In retrospect, we realized that we had created an embodied public space–a form of sorts which refocuses & then reorganizes attention & awareness. The space was vitalized through shared experience & invited curiosity about our physical circumstances.


“Everything we do is through movement.”

-Twyla Tharp


We’re curious about that. We’re curious about how to create spaces & exhibits that bring that fact into our collective awareness & experience.


The context that most people learn about their bodies and apply that knowledge is way too limited.


When it comes to the body, every conversation we initiate or overhear, every article or blog that we read is overwhelmingly framed by health, wellness, fitness or science.  Or the focus is on athletic or theatrical performance, most often separated from us by a gulf of expertise.


Changing the context of where and when we learn about our bodies, and how we directly engage with our bodies, and each other, is key for We Are = Movement.  For us it’s not about bringing yoga to the streets or wellness to the workplace. That’s somehow still too within the present frame, and not public enough.


Art commands participation. Join us in May for our 1-day Sound Scape of the Human Heart to discover what embodied public space is all about. We will make something that is decent and interesting and together we’ll go.



Katy Fox

Katy Fox

Katy Fox has been imagining and creating embodied public spaces most of her adult life.  She started by earning her BFA making large scale collagraph prints of imagined landscapes, and continued for 12 years after in a yoga studio using movement instead of ink as her material of choice. Katy was continuously awed at people’s capacity for subtle and sophisticated learning, and at the inability of the most models of public learning to meet that capacity. In response, she began We Are = Movement in 2012.  Her own training has been unique, including one-on-one in-depth mentorships and trainings in Hatha Yoga & philosophy with Judith Hirt, M.Y. Ed, Embodied Anatomy with Bonnie Bainbridge Cohen and a 14-year dedicated movement practice.  She lives with her husband in San Francisco.

Corey Krehel

Corey Krehel

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