4 – 11 AUGUST 2024 | Laughter Somatics

 

Laughter Somatics is a way of deepening your understanding of laughter and a possibility to meet yourself within laughter, which is a forcefully intimate place to be.

 

It is the workshop format in which choreographer, performer, educator and Feldenkrais practitioner Antoinette Helbing shares a somatic approach to laughter as a connective physical practice.

This practice has been developed by Antoinette over the past 7 years and lays ground for a series of works that circulate around laughter as embodied practice of letting go – letting go of excess tension and of emotional imbalance. Both her laughter works that are currently touring – the solo The Laughing Game and the group piece The Laughing Crowd stem from this practice.

 

 

The workshop begins with a shaking practice that helps the participants transition into a state of openness, calmness and readiness. The central somatic point of departure of the workshop is the Feldenkrais method, which as a somatic learning method, practices embodied self-reflection through movement. The method has a non-goal approach that encourages the participants to be playful and curious – not expecting any result or arriving at a specific point by the end of the lesson. 

Nothing is to be done well – nothing can be measured in terms of good or bad. Non-hurry and taking time are some of the main principles for practicing – the participants explore basic movement patterns in unfamiliar configurations to observe and unravel patterns of movement, thought, emotion and action

 

Accepting their current level of ability and practicing care and softness towards themselves. 

 

Thereafter a set of physical voice exercises will prepare to use the voice as movement and give movement a voice – through laughter. Those voice exercises are touching upon both – breathing exercises as well as singing together. Only for the last hour the participants will practice laughter – as this practice needs the participants to be in a soft, gentle, non-judging and fully connected state for the laughter practice to be easily accessible. 

Core of the practice are tools that trigger laughter for “no reason” and fully put the action “laughing” in the center of all attention – leaving the social and psychological aspects of laughter aside. 

The exercises and methods applied, take point of departure in laughter yoga as it is practiced widely in India. This practice will guide the participants into a state of pure and genuine laughter – which then can more and more be manipulated, distorted, synthesized and exaggerated during the course of the workshop days.

Restorative practices addressing both body and voice will round off the laughter practice.

 

The workshop is an invitation to extend the perception of what laughter is or could be – the participants will be diving into an embodied journey through laughter’s force of nature – learning to control the uncontrollable and letting go of control when it’s not needed. 

 

Laughter as a form of pre-lingual communication is deeply rooted in being human – regardless of cultural or social background. All of us are forming and reforming our individual laughter constantly throughout our lives – and we basically accumulate a collection of laughter choreographies over time. In a way all of us are creating a self-portrait through laughter – without necessarily being aware of that.

 

The Feldenkrais Method® was developed by Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (1904-1984) as a gentle and intricate embodied educational process concerned with self-awareness and improved capacity. It uses movement, sensation and reflective experience as coherent learning modes to support the ability to interact with the world in new ways with comfort, ease and curiosity. As a somatic movement practice it expands the ability to rediscover and retune. The method invites to slow down and to listen and to playfully explore the world of internal sensation. Supporting the nervous system to form new pathways beyond its habitual capacities. The Feldenkrais Method® is taught in ‘Awareness Through Movement’® group lessons, guided through verbal instruction, and one-to-one touch-based ‘Functional Integration’® lessons as dialogues between learner and practitioner.

 

 

What to expect: 

| Exploring voice, body, sensation and dance around the theme of laughter – putting the action of laughing into the center of all attention – approaching laughter as a connective physical practice from a somatic point of view.

| Diving into an investigation of your laughter – both into the internal and external experience of it.

| Reflecting upon laughters’  fun parts as well as the more serious ones.

| Blending body and voice work into one entity – setting the voice in motion and working with the movement of the voice. In other words we’re applying a fully embodied approach towards exploring breathing, singing and laughing.

| Practicing tools that trigger laughter for “no reason” – based on the Indian tradition of laughter yoga.

| Laughter will be the center of all dance and all choreographies we’ll create – the movement material we’ll be exploring, derives from manipulated, distorted, synthesized and exaggerated laughter.

 

 

Antoinette Helbing (she/her) is a German dance artist and member of the artist-run platform Dance CooperativE in Copenhagen (DK).

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“Laughter Somatics” shares the week with “Sculpting Body-Images” workshop

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4 – 11 AUGUST 2024 | Sculpting Body-Images

 

Sculpting Body-Images is a movement workshop of intense physicality, shaped to challenge the known bodily patterns of each practitioner and to bring awareness to the conscious act of seeing and perceiving the body in relation to interchangeable elements. Whether in real life or on stage, whether through the bare eye or through the lens of the camera, our body is a dynamic instrument in constant transformation. However, in order to sculpt the form, we need to play and provoke its limits.

Through the use of spatial, temporal and physical constraints, as well as game-like situations inspired by Fighting Monkey Practice (founded by Linda Kapetanea & Jozef Frucek) we will engage into constant movement and test our bodily structure.

 

Within a safe-learning space and based upon each participant’s personal physical abilities, we will focus on stimulating the nervous system, increasing stamina and developing motor skills that improve agility through coordination, rhythm and elastic footwork skills.

 

Sculpting Body-Images is about approaching the body from a 360° view and consciously choosing the perspective we want to present, based upon what we want to communicate with the world.

All stories matter: they nourish our interaction with others and our connection with ourselves.

This physical practice invites the participants to keep the body in the center of attention and explore movement tasks through improvisation, collaboration and integration of various tools.

Sculpting Body-Images’s main objective is to encourage all practitioners to express and embrace their individuality, to decode their own creative methodology and weave their unique artistic voice, in order to make the communication between artist- artwork-audience clearer and more specific.

 

What to expect

| Refining and articulating practice through tasked-based physical improvisation (body & voice)

| Recognizing personal movement patterns, in order to consciously deconstruct and reconstruct them, when applicable.

| Embracing the child within and allowing a creative, playful, curious, creative approach to physical exploration.

| Engaging into constant movement and testing our bodily structure, in order to find ways of generating energy throughout the entire duration of the class, without actual pause.

| Stimulating the nervous system, increasing stamina and developing motor skills that improve agility through coordination, rhythm and elastic footwork skills.

| Critically developing dramaturgical and compositional modes of working

| Reflecting on the relationship between what is presented and how it is presented.

| Supporting, inspiring and motivating each other within a safe learning space

| Building upon the idea of a caring, judgment-free community, where all members are encouraged to express and embrace their individuality as a valuable asset to the learning process and the individual and collective development.

 

 

 

Penelope Morout (GR) is an interdisciplinary dance artist interested in creating hybrid projects through the fusion of various mediums.

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11 – 18 AUGUST 2024 | The Body The Player The Journey

 

The Body The Player The Journey set the ground for the interplay of people, moving what pulses within and between each other, an invitation to co-create with every single (multiple) participant a space for potential, inspiration, exchange, and support.

 

The Body The Player The Journey stimulates practitioners to dance their authenticity—an invitation to modulate the dancing through mechanisms of perception, approximating each individual to their personal and collective landscapes. Charting the multidimensional anatomy of desires and tuning to its particularities, we cultivate an authorial, negotiable, collective, and physically sustainable process.

The Body The Player The Journey is dedicated to movement practices that access and expand a repertoire of senses linked to cognitive, subjective, and imagetic layers in each individual’s learning process.

The exploration of movement begins by delving into the sources of our living body and its intricate interrelational systems (at this moment, expect lots of images!). Within this dynamic sensorimotor network, we orchestrate the body and its relationships by scanning information from inner and outer connections, accessing the available resources to play with from personal bodily experiences.

The work focuses on the body’s mobility from the perspective of biotensegrity, aiming to expand awareness of the body as an integrated living ancestor network. Through mediums such as improvisation, scores, games, and procedures rooted in the fields of perception, people will be exposed to and experience the following principles:

(1) sensitive & systemic mapping of the body, (2) gravity & body axis, (3) distribution of tension & modulations of tone, (4) the folds of the body, (5) the fabulous universe of spirals, (6) multidimensionality, (7) asymmetry, (8) body pulsations.

Decoding the body’s geography by hacking information from the present, the individuals, and the contextual space around us – we witness, hold space, and charge a large spectrum of shape-shifting sensations within ever-evolving decision-making instances.

 

What to Expect

• An immersive playground of movement exploration

• Investigation of the term interconnection in extended layers

• Expanding & deepening sensory awareness

• References, anatomical images, texts, and tactile experiences

• Co-creating a space for inspiration, exchange, and support

• A playful yet profound journey through movement and the environment

• Opening many doors to revisit our bias and interact with different perspectives

• Exploring potentials, desires, questions while creating new memories

 

 

 

Rafaela Sahyoun (BR) is a Latin American from São Paulo, working in the field of arts as a dancer, choreographer, and educator. She spirals through these roles within the ever-evolving landscape of performative practices, community, and context.

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“The Body The Player The Journey” workshop shares the week with “espaciopropio.augenblick” workshop

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11 – 18 AUGUST 2024 | espaciopropio.augenblick

 

…towards a skeleton dance

Exploration of the body in conscious movement

 

espaciopropio.augenblick gives the framework for a shared process of re-discovering our own bodies from its skeletal strata as supporting and expressive means for singular and common embodying of art and life.

We are in a permanent dance of interrelated layers from our deepest supporting structure through our entire organism towards the most outer environment. Life is a geological force aiming for expression and so, the encounters take this image of bones as the deep mediating space for supporting this journey in its full complexity. The contents and materials developed through the encounters departs acknowledging

that the “body” is submerged in a flow of constant change of inner and outer necessities, open to influences, with mutable boundaries in a permanent physical and mind dialogue between the organism and the surrounding. There is no body without an environment and no body is a lonely entity.

The workshop is an open source experience where we initially share some tools and resources that we had the opportunity to gander through our path, specially through our work based in Klein TechniqueTM and Alexander Technique, in order to bring awareness to this interrelated movement in between bodies, allowing it to happen in a freer, fuller and honest creative spirit.

Through clear anatomical pictures we visualize and map our own structures, clarifying them, their relations and functions, with a closer sensing of their possibilities and expanding our own body perceptual thresholds.

Through simple sequences we re-discover movement patterns, we connect and discover new paths for understanding and overcoming obstacles in the exploration of movement flows.

Through proposing simple individual and group explorative scores we open a field for tuning up individual and common awareness, letting so unfold a dance of power, skeleton dances in the space, nurturing a state of collective reciprocity and renewed (e)motions. During the workshop days, technical aspects and improvisation interweaves permanently: questioning preconceptions and bringing new imaginary, sharing words and building silent bridges, guiding and following impulses, expanding the body field through active proposing and quiet listening.



What to Expect from an espaciopropio.augenblick encounter?

new modes of understanding the space of the body and the body of the space from the core
skeleton structure, its intrinsic connections and characteristics

a nurturing mixture in between precise anatomical knowledge with an opening for new
perspectives in imaginative exploration fields

observing and undoing harmful movement habits, updating and enhancing full and singular
attention to the environment

dive in a practice nested in patience, trust and mutual inspiration

an attentive and careful accompanying from the guiders to each participant through all the
practice process of the week

resources for rediscovering unprecedented possibilities of moving by exploring the body in a
renewed and poetic way

an open space for dialogue and experiential exchange through words and dance

an overall sense of wellbeing, calmness, joy and consciousness due a more comprehensive use
of ourselves for life and art processes

 

espaciopropio.augenblick express our view of art movement and life, and it is based in our more than 20 years experiences as performers, choreographers and movement facilitators with diverse groups and in different geographies. We keep ourselves constantly inspired and triggered by each creative encounter diving in our own body experience as an endless source of mystery, amazement and creativity.

The workshop is open to anyone that with curiosity is willing to explore and expand her/his/their expressive capacities by means of the body. No previous experience is required.

 

 

Some FEEDBACKS from participants in former Workshops and Encounters

“…The workshop has shaken my knowledge about my body that I have accumulated until now.
Things I took for granted in my dance and yoga training have been questioned and for a brief moment I was able to see a different perspective, notice a different sensation, understand a different logic. This realization left me curious and inspired to listen to myself more. The two-day workshop gave me some tools to make my body the most important teacher. The research required patience and was challenging, but the discoveries were worth it. I was also fascinated by the way Carlos and Fernando connected a very specific internal exploration to a larger dance practice. They skillfully guided us through the journey from the inner space, full of individual sensations and emotions, to an outer space rich in deeper choreographic options. This ability to occupy indoor and outdoor space at the same time was very helpful to me as a dancer and performer. I would love to continue this process/research as I feel like I just got a taste of the potential of this work…. Thank you!”
Mónica Smekot, Edinburgh, September 2019.

 

“I really enjoyed the espacioproprio.augenblick workshop in Edinburgh. What I experienced was
a climax of emotions and a reaction from my body that I could happily channel into the explosion
of dance. Carlos and Fernando were excellent teachers, they were open and available to all of us
all the time, ready to help and answer any questions or curiosity. I really liked the theoretical part
supported by images during the class where we were able to understand how important the
location of our muscles and bones is and the way they work. When we started I had no idea what
to expect from this experience, but I must say it was a pleasant surprise. I liked the structure of
the workshop as a perfect combination of talks, exercises and free movements, so well combined
to give us the opportunity to express ourselves in the most free and instinctive way but at the
same time full of awareness in our positions completely aligned between the ground and heaven
and being able to “let it go.” The strength of the exercises brought us to the encounter with our
bodies, the fusion and contact with our forms was so gratifying and experiencing how we could
be many and one at the same time, I was able to feel part of the group and decompose. the
barrier of loneliness in dance, which is one of my limits. The last part of our session was the best part, we could all feel the feeling of inner peace and total connection with ourselves, it was nice to see what a different stage we had reached after two days together. Thank you Iraya for organizing it and thank you Fernando, thank you Carlos. I hope to find you again.”
Marcela Rugiero, Edinburgh, September 2019.

 

Carlos Osatinsky & Fernando Nicolás Pelliccioli are contemporary dancers, performers, choreographers, explorers and facilitators of movement.

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18 – 25 AUGUST 2024 | Somatic Art® Practice: Roots 

During this week we will delve into an in depth research of the Somatic Art® Practice methodology on the subject of Roots.

Roots as stable ground, roots as connection with the earth, roots as interconnection, communication & synaptic pathways, roots as nurturing, roots as underworld, roots as belonging.

Roots in the microcosm of our bodies also appear as networks of connection and communication, such as connective tissues, nervous system and the heart with its capillaries rooting all around it!

The methodology interlaces Somatic, Performance and Visual Art methods deepening into the contents of each workshop through weaving and layering.

Our daily explorations will include;

• Experiential Anatomy (Body-Mind Centering®)

• Experiential Embryology

• Somatic Movement

• Relational Mindfulness

• Performance methods

• Fine & Visual Arts (drawing, photography & video)

• Ιmprovisation

• Creative writing

 

Part of our explorations will be spending time in nature to ‘borrow’ qualities, materials and inspiration.
We will work on individual, couple and group dynamics/relationships.
Personal reflections and group sharings are important and will be given space as part of the integration of the work.

Body-Mind Centering® is a practice of experiential anatomy and psychophysical integration: embodiment of current and older body structures (embryology and body systems) through consciousness, visualisations and somatisations. The methodology is experiential and the tools are: breathing, voice, touch and movement. Qualities of touch are very important in embodiment via BMC®, as well as relational work and group dynamics.

 

Marina Tsartsara  is a Dance and Visual Artist & educator (MSc), a Body-Mind Centering® Teacher in the official Body-Mind Centering® trainings in the UK, Spain & Greece. She is also the Administrative Director of the Greek BMC® program ISTOS.

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“Somatic Art® Practice: Roots” workshop shares the week with “ In Context, in Resonance, in Play” workshop

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18 – 25 AUGUST 2024 | In Context, in Resonance, in Play

Dance is like music—it’s something we can shape and modify. The body is like an instrument resonating with its surroundings and context, entangled with them and with all creatures around.

We will question, analyze, and delve into the interdependence of our modern bodies.

We’ll ask ourselves: What makes us move? Why do we start moving? To what are we connected by moving? Who shaped our body, and how does it get shaped and transformed?

This workshop proposes to reflect together, to play together, and to gather tools on how to shape, transform, shift, affect, and further develop what we are doing in different directions.

We will practice and explore those tools together in relation to two main topics:

The questions of Entanglement and Interdependency of our bodies: considering humans within a wider Ecosystem, interdependent with other humans and species. Where does the border of the body lie? How can we expand or even erase this border? How do other bodies influence their surroundings simply by sharing the same space?

The question of “who are the bodies we are looking at?”: each body has a distinct identity shaped by education, culture, and history. We want to explore the complexity of where and who we are, where we look from, what lies behind our patterns, and play with these patterns to deconstruct some and find new ones.

What to expect:

  • Learning tools to shape, transform, shift, and affect the body

  • Playing together and individually

  • Breaking away from habits

  • Exploring different layers of the body

  • Acknowledging the body in its entanglement/interdependency

  • Contextualizing and deconstructing movements and patterns

 

 

Anna Konjetzky and Sahra Huby are dance artists, choreographers, facilitators, researchers and performers, based in Munich, Germany and Athens, Greece.

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In Context, in Resonance, in Play” workshop shares the week with “Somatic Art® Practice: Roots” workshop

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25 AUG – 1 SEP 2024 | Resilient Rivers

 

 

How do we embody inner resources and let them nourish us?

What happens when we listen to and offer more agency to our nervous system?

What can we learn from the world of fluids?

How do we nurture ecological ways of being in relation?

 

Fluid landscapes, nervous system regulation, relationality and finding pleasure in our moving will be our undercurrents.

Somatic imagery and experiential anatomy will be our starting points as we unfold improvisational journeys and dive into both restorative and energetic dances that support us to nurture resilience, resourcefulness and navigating change in both our dancing and daily living.

We are encouraged to move at our own pace, find pathways of ease and navigate relational states, individually, with partners and as a group.

 

Each day we will journey through different sensory and imaginary worlds.

We will let our nervous system swim like jellyfish;

explore the fluid world of the spine and our tissues;

dive into unknown relational worlds as we nurture the ecological and physiological recycling circularity of our sensory- motor systems;

we’ll nurture and move with our kidneys;

be transformed and inspired by various water and land creatures.

 

Time for self and group reflection, writing and drawing will be an integral part of the process.

Each day we will find moments to explore outdoors, extending the practice as a way of nurturing relational and ecological connections within both the human and non-human communities to which we belong.

 

Resilient Rivers is an emergent practice that weaves Somatic Stress Release™ with Vanessa’s ongoing practice into improvisation and somatics, ecological site-responsive work, Contact Improvisation, Qigong and body-mind integration wellbeing.

What to expect

• Somatic and improvisational explorations, guided by verbal instructions and visual imagery.

• Moving at your own pace, individually, with partners, and as a group.

• Exploring the “fluid worlds” of the body, imagination, and landscape.

• Experiential anatomy and practices for regulating the nervous system.

• Movement in both the studio and surrounding nature.

• Relational and ecological themes and approaches.

• Accessing a range of movements: restorative, energetic, playful, and restful.

• Engaging all of our senses and imagination.

• Providing an accessible and non-judgmental environment.

• Allowing time for self and group reflection through optional writing, drawing, and conversation.

 

 

Vanessa Grasse is a dance and multidisciplinary artist from Sicily, based in Leeds, UK. She is a choreographer, performer, teacher, mentor, curator, certified Life Coach and Somatic Stress Release™ practitioner.

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“Resilient Rivers” workshop shares the week with “Losing Ground™” workshop

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25 AUG – 1 SEP 2024 | Losing Ground™

a tangible approach to Otherness

a partnering, moving and sensing practice, for those that want to explore a shifting togetherness through listening and being listened

an occasion to listen with your skin, what exists beyond it

 

Losing Ground™ is the result of long movement research into improvisation, co-movement, touch, empathy and consent. An original practice in couples with the basic working condition of the closed eyes of one body and the feeling of touch as a moving stimulus

Our practice’s research has been driven by a deep curiosity to what consensual movement is and how that reflects on partnering practices, co-decisioning and togetherness. In this practice the roles have joint responsibility but also freedom of choice and the goal is not to manipulate, puppeteer or imitate, but to co-move while co-decisioning.

As a result we access a movement exploration that contains all the dynamics of our bodily memory without us being trapped in it, while enriching our moving experience through the encounter with our partner and the new system of two.

Being part of this togetherness, and while practicing trust and receptivity, the two bodies have the opportunity to explore different movement qualities and speeds, to experience space differently, to move their main axis off balance and in positions that without each other would not be possible to reach.

Our approach is based on questions in the form of scores, active observation and deep listening through which we want to inspire a unique communication code for each pare that will allow it to gradually co-move more and more complexly, freely and joyfully.

The more one delves into the practice the more can trust their self and others, transmute and transcend unnecessary movement patterns and mind habits into useful ones, and enjoy a mindful dance that is not overanalyzing things.

 

What to expect . . . 

• exercises in pairs with eyes closed

verbal, non-intrusive instructions adapted to each case

physical contact only between participants with discreet guidance and supervision

movement improvisation and exploration

games that activate proprioception and kinesthesia

sharing circles in a non-judgmental environment

 

Ideal for anyone who wants to . . .

• share a unique dance practice and experience

explore and develop their communication on a non-verbal level

explore a different way of dance communication

• to be fed back from an internal information system while working alongside a partner

try a safe framework of self-expression and exploration through contact with another person

 

– By sharpening our kinesthetic functions, a dance of kinetic co-decision, increased care and alertness can occur –

 

 

 FEEDBACK from participant of previous Losing Ground™ workshop

What I have kept from this practice that I have done twice (two cycles) with George and Kyveli is the sensitivity that is created in communication with the other person. As if this kinetic language made me more open to how I listen to the other person but also how I communicate to them to listen to me. Plus, that dance between us happens when this subtle communication has been achieved, creating the most important thing of all: Trust.

Elena Medusa, Losing Ground | suggestions on consensual movement Workshop,

Athens, December 2021 &  Lefkada, August 2022

 

 

 

Kyveli Kouvatsi & Yorgos Sioras Deligiannis are movement educators and dance artists, based in Athens and Lefkada, Greece. They have been working together on Losing Ground™  since 2020.

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30 Jul-6 Aug 2023 ~ Dare2Care

a research project led by Bratan Bratanov

 

Dare2Care is a laboratory for research on the available ways of connection to the inner space of carrying awareness where physical and mental obstacles can be released beyond the control of the rational mind. Once cleared, the self aware inner space can give spontaneous birth to joy, love, care, humor, nourishing rest and genuine dance.

The laboratory aims to motivate the participants to find their unique way of connection to
the inner awareness as a source of re-charging and self-healing. The process also offers supportive techniques, such as guided deep relaxation, improvisational tasks, work with empty space and silence and continuous decomposition.

The choreographic part of the laboratory is based on, but not limited to, butoh notation and hip-hop basics. The intent is to find choreographic images, textures and qualities of movement that can hold space for care and joy and give birth to liberated dance experience.

An additional tool that will be explored is the expressive value of both the audible and the hidden sound of movement (audiodance) – an open listening to the dancing process that reveals the melody of dance as not secondary to its visual representation. This approach has the power to recover the musicality of the dance itself and to connect to the silent space where conscious movement activities take place.

 

 

Short Bio

Bratan is a freelance artist from Bulgaria exploring the fields of performing arts with focus on physical theater, experimental music and vocal improvisation. He is an established performer on the independent theater scene in his country and an experienced butoh dancer working with the Berlin’s based company 4RUDE.

His research and facilitation activities are focused on the topics of ‘dealing with pain in performing arts’ and on the sound of movement as a medium of expression in dance art (project ‘audiodance’).

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“Dare2Care” is part of the Unplugged Research Week, and shares the week with “Stilling” 

Unplugged Research week is our new space to question and reflect, consisting of two research workshops, with two different artists. Our intention is to encourage artists and educators in the field of movement and dance to further explore, question and share their practices while being in a safe environment surrounded by individuals that are willing to participate in a research process.

 

Daily schedule:

07:00 – 10:00 Research Workshop 1

10:30 – 11:30 Brunch

11:30 – 16:30 Resting & Light lunch

16:30 – 19:30 Research Workshop 2

20:00 – 21:00 Dinner

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30 Jul-6 Aug 2023 ~ Stilling

a practice-led research by Tania Gonzalez

 

STILLING is an openness to being affected, a readiness towards taking form. STILLING is
not doing something, is something doing.

 

In this interdisciplinary workshop Tania González will share her current artistic research introducing some elements of what she calls the stilling practice. This practice-led research comes into being as a respond to the hyper-accelerated pace of current times.
It propels a quiet but forceful rebellion against the imperative to be productive, a radical quest for ways of dancing and living in which doing less or even doing nothing might be possible.

Conceived as a choreographic laboratory, it tackles affect, embodied knowledge, auto-ethnography as feminist method, and slow ontologies of movement.

The different sessions throughout the week will include short meditations and somatic exercises, movement explorations, ethnographic tasks, embodied writing, and reflective discussions. In practicing together, we will play around with the notion of affect—understood as relational moving forces—acknowledging the fact that the dancing body is always more-than-one and more-than-human.

This workshop is ultimately an invitation to slow down and move differently both as individuals and as a collective, paying attention to tiny shifts, micro-perceptions, and all the subtleties of what comes through.

All dancing bodies are welcome!

 

 

STILLING celebrates slowness and emptiness.
STILLING prioritizes intuition and sensing over reasoning and making.
STILLING questions what it means to produce, what is valid knowledge, what priorities
we have as society.
STILLING advocates for somatic and affective approaches, radical care, embodied ways
of knowing, feminist epistemologies, and slow ontologies.
STILLING aims to open the mind and the body, to interrogate our own movement
patterns, to destabilize what we take for granted, to shift our attention, to play and experiment with new methods, to rely on our thinking-feeling bodies, to slow down and even to stop doing, to (un)learn and let go.

 

Short bio

Tania González (Gijón, 1982) is a Spanish choreographer, dance performer and artistic researcher based between the Netherlands and Spain. She holds a PhD. in Social Anthropology from Stockholm University and a Degree in ‘Danza Española’ from the Royal Conservatory of Dance of Madrid. In 2019 Tania joined the Dance Intensive program of Tanzfabrik in Berlin where she consolidated her training in the field of contemporary dance. Her work centers around encounter, affect and response. It depicts an expanding body capable to navigate different states of being. By virtue of combining various somatic and spiritual practices she brings her interest on ethnography, care ethics and affect into choreography and instant composition. Tania is currently pursuing a Master’s in Performance Practices at ArtEZ University of the Arts.

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All Unplugged Dance workshops are open to everyone who wants to meet, share, dance and self-explore through movement and creative process. There is no need for previous experience in dance classes, although if there is one, it is welcome. 

 

“Stilling” is part of the Unplugged Research Week, and shares the week with “Dare2Care”

Unplugged Research week is our new space to question and reflect, consisting of two research workshops, with two different artists. Our intention is to encourage artists and educators in the field of movement and dance to further explore, question and share their practices while being in a safe environment surrounded by individuals that are willing to participate in a research process.

 

Daily schedule:

07:00 – 10:00 Research Workshop 1

10:30 – 11:30 Brunch

11:30 – 16:30 Resting & Light lunch

16:30 – 19:30 Research Workshop 2

20:00 – 21:00 Dinner

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