WORKSHOPS I CLASSES I TALKS I PERFORMANCE I CRAFTING I OPEN SPACE
MOEBIUS PORTAL - RE*ELABORATING REPITITIONS
Monday & Tuesday 10.00 - 12.30 with Francesca Pedulla ---> 2 day workshop
During these two sessions I will focus on three observations or thoughts:
-that repetition is a primary learning tool and knowledge gathering instrument in this universe
-that the human body itself is an ensemble of repeating architectural ideas in endless variation
-that in the traditional and ancient forms of dance I have witnessed, repetition plays a key role in building focus and transformation
I will use these three starting points to study habits and patterns, allowing choice and integration, and also as a creative tool to discover endless variation once the parameters of a form have been found.
Playing with memory will be a leit-motif throughout our journey.
TUNING INTO SPIRALS - FROM THE ANCIENT BUDO TO MODERN SOMATICS
Monday 14.00 - 16.00 with Filippo Serra ---> class
I’ve always found syncretism very interesting. For me the key of cultural evolution is the mix and confrontation of apparently different visions of life, in this case of movement.
In France, During the 70s, the Japanese Aikido Master Masamichi Noro, after an accident that compromised is body, started to approach the new western somatic disciplines.
A softer, slower and deeper exploration of the body in contrast with the incisive and fast quality of a martial art.
The result was a total integration of deep knowledge that was coming from two opposite side of the world.
The energy of fighting technique was then expressed by “expansion” with the use of functional spirals as a medium of connection earth-sky, parter- partner.
In this class we will explore some elements of this discipline looking for application in our dance routine.
SPHERE ETYMOLOGY - ARTICULATING TRANSITIONS
Monday - Wednesday 16.15 - 18.15 with Frey Faust ---> 3 day workshop
Getting clear and nuanced with how we say something helps us get clear and nuanced in what we do.
Terms from The Axis Syllabus compendium: Activity Spheres, or Postural Spheres, from the first known use; a “hollow sphere around the world”, “range of something”, “sphere of influence”, also denoting roundness, something globular. The terms imply a specific support solution or strategy with a number of potential variations.
CRAFTING SPACE - collective installation project
more info coming soon...
ANIMATING BODIES – DANCING WITH FASCIA MODELS
Tuesday - Thursday 14.00 - 16.00 with Kevin O'Connor ---> 3 day workshop
Bodies in motion—bodies of all kinds and at all scales—dance together in the act of coming to palpable, knowable attention in relation to fascia. In this workshop we examine how different models of fascia can animate our dancing bodies, creating a multitude of more than one kind of body. We will engage with the scientific practice of model building in relation to fascia to ask what can these models do? Scientists rely on three-dimensional models as objects to think with: they are recursively made and remade in attempts to conceptualize and actualize new hypothesis and new modes of inquiry. Model building entangles a modeler’s entire sensorium, and modelers must learn to feel their way through the data in order to interpret in the forms they study.
Can building models and moving with them cultivate a felt sense of emerging biological concepts for dance researchers? What does making models do to our dancing? What sensibilities emerge in their making? We couple the question of “what can a body do?” with the question “what can an instrument or fascia model do?” In the process we observe the ongoing making of subjects and objects inside this dance experiment.
KINETIC LITERACY - OBJECTIFIYING SUBJECTIVITY
Tuesday 19.30 a talk and presentation by Frey Faust
Introducing the The Human Movement Alphabet. The HMA is a comprehensive intuitive, easy to use documentation system for recording, inventing and analyzing human movement of any kind.
This talk will address the human impulse to create descriptive symbols, as well as open a discussion on the importance of literacy for movers, and present an aspect of the HMA notation system.
MIXED MOVEMENT ARTS - ATHLETIC COORDINATION & REFLEXES
Wednesday & Thursday 10.00 - 12.30 with Antoine Ragot ---> 2 day workshop
What about puzzling together the A.S. information with a mix of different practices/coordination from the sports field? A meaningful combination...
It can be, at times, rather fast/dynamic and willing to challenge people in a playful format.
There will be room for theoretical aspects/ self exploration/ repetition of functional movements.
There will be partnered practices (with or without contact) to test reflexes and movement integration in a setting that requires to adjust to some unpredictable parameters.
An important aspect of these sessions, besides supporting athletic skills, is to develop a state of readyness/fast adaptation /intuitive reaction to external input which is an essential aspect in all partnered or team sports/practices.
THE COMMUNAL LIFE OF FACTS - FROM CLIMATE TO FASCIA
Wednesday 19.30 with Kevin O'Connor ---> talk
This talk is a kind of weaving together, pulling apart and putting alongside each other two different modes of knowing/doing embodiment. It threads togethers relations, networks, and stories connecting and disconnecting Inuit becoming seal with climate change, contemporary colonial politics, the global climate becoming sentient and dance research on science stories told about fascia. This essay is based on my own experiences learning a seal mode of attention though hunting, eating and working with seal skins while spending two summer working and learning from Inuit hunting families at a bush school in Pangnirtung, an Inuit hamlet on Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada. It is also grounded in a more than decade long practice of dancing with scientific understanding of anatomy through the Axis Syllabus community and my own current research on the senses and science of fascia.
In working with the Inuit and thinking with Tahltan nation and Science and Technology Scholar Candice Callison, I have learned that how one talks about the environment (or a body) is based on how one comes to know it. Collison’s research on climate change shows how it has been shaped by scientific vernaculars. She asks what happens when it is located diverse in diverse Inuit discourse, contexts, and histories, where knowing about the environment is a learning process that involves communal and familial interactions with elder family members and time spent on the land. This thinking has influenced my research on how dance researchers are coming to know emerging science studies on fascia and therefore acquiring a habitus or new mode of embodiement. In being lured into thinking about our bodies as excitable tissue, I question how dancers modes of embodiment are being moved into action by the science stories being told about the fascia system? Thinking with particular dance researchers and artists, I examine and experiment with methods for making fascia known.
WALKING IN THE FOOTPRINTS OF ANCIENT DANCES - FOOT MECHANICS THROUGH FOLKDANCES
Thursday 16.15 - 18.15 with Galiya Tzur ---> class
Dance is an old heritage.
Dance exists from the beginning of time and will continue to descend from one generation to the next.
Come and take part in the preservation of old steps as you deepen your understanding in the art of stepping or in other words in weight shifting, pushing and landing again.
In this workshop we will use the form of folk dances experiencing their unique spatial arrangements, dancing with equal status, creating a strong physical bond between one another and appreciating the simple joy they bring.
TEA & SMUGGLE - OPEN SPACE & INFORMAL SHARING
Thursday 19.30 co-creation with and by everybody
TO PAUSE - EXPLORING BODIES AS SOCIAL ORGANISMS
Friday & Saturday 10 - 12.30 with Diana Thielen ---> 2 day workshop
In this class we will explore the concept of practice as research in the field of hatha yoga. We will explore the body through the lens of the Axis Syllabus, which offers us varied and diverse adaptations of the asanas.
We will create a space to explore the body's social complexity: a healing space. In pausing, we will incorporate the subtle aspects of our being into our practice. In pausing, we will witness
LIVING CONSCIOUSNESS - BMC
Friday 14.00 - 16.00 with Nina Wehnert ---> class
Each cell in our body has living intelligence. It can breathe, move, perceive and is capable of knowing itself. It has a past, a present, a future. Embodiement is the awareness of the cells of themselves. Conciousness of the experienced moment. There is no witness, only direct experience. The brain is the last to know.
I am looking forward to offer ideas from body-mind centering®, share and discuss. We will work with specific ideas through movement and touch, aligning the inner cellular movement with the expression of movement through space.
RESIDUAL CHAOS - META-TASKS, LATENCY & THE FINITE
Friday - Sunday 16.15 - 18.15 with Kira Kirsch ---> 3 day workshop
I am thrilled by the logic and analytical achievements of describing movement with scientific specificity and I continue to deeply bow in front of the ineffible, the mystery of the invisible and the chaos that remains in the multiplicity of the body, every interaction or relationship. I am interested in working with these polarities as complimentary layers for continuing to explore body intelligence and presence for the dancer.
I would like to bring our bodies towards a state of readiness with training strategies sourced from the axis syllabus and eventually superimpose ideas from different modalities that deal with attention to the invisible and imagination. The over-ambitious goal is to expand the body into the 4th dimension to deal with choreographic or improvisational tasks that are fast, challenging or chaotic.
THE POLITICS OF FORM(LESSNESS): MOVING TOWARD LIFE BECOMING DANGEROUS
Friday 19.30 with Nita Little ---> talk
The Politics of Form[lessness]: Moving toward Life, Becoming Dangerous
To dance, we need both form and form[lessness]. Yet, one is loved, and the other is suspect. There are reasons why this foundation of dance is politically dangerous. This lecture/discussion intends to analyze the dynamics of power in motion, reconsider identity, value the formless potentials in our relationalities, honor the ecological constitution of experience, laugh full out, and invite further danger.
Formlessness threatens structures of power because its force is ungraspable. Dance, at its foundation, is politically dangerous for this same reason. In dance, the physical foundation from which human identity arises is embodied, experienced, and expressed. When that identity is in motion, it taps into its formless nature, its ability to reinvent itself. This workshop /discussion goes deep into the politics of physical/mental identity. Through dance, we discover our foundation in formlessness, relationality, and the ecological constitution of experience.
PRACTICAL SYNCHRONICITY - FIELDS OF FELT PRESENCE
Saturday & Sunday Nita Little ---> 2 day workshop
Synchronicity is the moment when time and space meet as one phenomenon and seemingly unrelated events converge in the magic of new meaning and possibility. This happens when dancers become entangled – the unanticipated appears within dancing moments allowing for new levels of experience and daring creative action. Physical convergences happen as minds meet. Through touch they entangle. Entanglement is the result of physical mental practices of intentional awareness and attentional skills. This work supports physical meetings across diverse moving moments enhancing difference while inviting heightened states of presence. Bringing Contact Improvisational sensory and physical techniques into ensemble dance improvisation offers dancers new creative and performance skills while enhancing their choreographic tools. As ensembles, we will work across forms (Contact Improvisation and Dance Improvisation) for a spectrum of physical and creative possibilities. We will develop enhanced states of presence and realize the profound importance of physical attention as a tactile phenomenon. As choreographers, we will study the values present in how we develop relations.
Saturday 19.37 by BARNABY TREE