In this Transmission conversation we chat about Matan’s dedication to – and brief hiatus from, his podcast – ethics in leading, life in the Israeli army, and thereafter transitioning from a dedicated meditation practitioner living in celibacy to be relentlessly coaxed back into the world by erotic desires that surfaced from intense meditation practice, and how all these things tie into commitment, personal realizations and growth.
Matan is a dancer, teacher and graphic designer. In 2015, he founded Movement Lab – which he considers a vehicle for movement education, choreographic work and personal inquiry.
His own practice is inspired by his enthusiasm for physical and theoretical research revolving around the question of how to develop a meaningful relationship with the body and mind.
For over a decade, he devoted himself to educate people from all over the world about better movement while reflecting upon what Matan describes as “the urgent social phenomena” through the medium of performance and also via conversations through his podcast ‘Material for the brain’.
His passion for research and discovery drives to expand his understanding and to further develop himself as a human being.
His own choreographic works have been presented in various dance festivals, cultural events, art galleries and museums in Austria, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Switzerland, England, Greece, Slovakia and Israel.
Matan’s focus as a teacher is rooted in “movement research”. He started teaching in Israel in 2008. Since then, he has had the chance to teach under different circumstances and to different audiences; ranging from professional and amateurs, dancers to teenagers, in open workshops, festivals and immersive group seminars.
- Transition from developing Podcast channel to jumping back into In-Person Teaching
- 6-month Movement Program focused on Contemporary Dance and Contact Improvisation
- Traveling Guest Teaching versus Teaching to Committed Students in One Location
- Contemporary Dance Culture: Not committing for Novelty
- What can be Gained from a One-time Workshop Experience
- Contemporary Dancer’s Craft versus Ballet Dancer’s Craft
- Leadership and Work Ethics in the Dance World
- Israeli Army Experience, Leadership, and concept of Freedom
- Constant Praise and Extensive Support in North America and Question of Resiliency
- Balance Between Structure in Learning and Building Resilience
- Maintaining the Ability to Recognize one’s Role in the Learning Hierarchy
- Teaching Style of Encouraging Freedom for Discovery
- Vipassana Meditation, Practice Process and Serving Experience
- Outcome from a Disciplined Dedicated Meditation Practice
- Meaning of Commitment and the Aspect of Curiosity and Growth
- Tension between Being Committed and Not Being Committed
Selected links from this transmission:
- Matan Levkowich
- Material for the Brain Podcast
- Movement Education
- Tom Weksler
- Contemporary Dance
- Contact Improvisation
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu
- Iyengar Yoga
- Israel Defense Forces
- Vipassana Meditation taught by S.N. Goenka
Examples of praise in education:
Informative and relative to building resilience: Carol Dweck – Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset
JP Sears on Millennials (parody) – Refers in part to how praise in education has influenced the millennial generation.
Connect with Matan: