30th of July - 6th of August 2023
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.
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.
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.
08:00 – 09:00 Breakfast
09:30 – 12:30 Research Workshop 1
13:00 – 16:30 Resting & Snack
16:30 – 19:30 Research Workshop 2
20:00 – 21:00 Dinner
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