Balance in Imbalance // improvisation and dance workshop
February 2, 2020 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
“Balance in Imbalance” is an improvisation workshop in contact dance where you can participate in the Linotype in February. This is a workshop proposal that will end with a jam session you can attend and separately, even if you have not registered for the workshop.
Virginia Black about the workshop
Improvisation as art, performative practice and dance implies spontaneity, attention, sense of composition, sensitivity to details, adaptability, ability to raise awareness of multiple perspectives at once, willingness to take artistic risks, motivation to make proposals but also to make proposals give up on them, interest in seeking and creating meaning, confronting the desire to understand with the pleasure of not knowing what will happen. It’s like entering a game or a new world whose main rule is to realize every second what the rule is. You have to be alert, present but at the same time calm and able to see yourself from one side to make choices that make sense in the composition of that moment.
I propose a course to awaken the senses specific to the art of improvisation in dance, surpassing the motor automatisms, going beyond the level of the first impulses and the movements at random. To achieve this we will approach our study from three angles inspired by several contemporary dance practices:
// Real-time composition – raising awareness and directing it consciously into space and real time to articulate movement phrases that make sense at that moment. We will analyze and explore working parameters specific to Viewpoints, Poetic Movement, Butoh, Improvisation Technologies Forsythe (6 viewpoints, embodied memory and imagination, image embedding, cubic space, etc.).
// Movement efficiency techniques – developing a robust physicality by understanding and observing the anatomy of the movement and by awareness and adaptation of the movement to the physical state of the present moment. We will practice methods, styles and attitudes to approach the precision and efficiency of movement inspired by Axis Syllabus, Feldenkrais, Ideokinesis, Alexander technique (sequential movement, the relationship between different body structures, visualization of the anatomy of the skeleton, one to one body-work etc.). )
// Contact Improvisation – creative investigation of the limits and opportunities brought by their physical proximity and echo in solo improvisation. We will work with the basic principles of Contact Improvisation – weight exchange, running the contact point to the partner center, exploring the physical laws in motion – gravity, mass, inertia, momentum, spherical perception of space, etc.
The invitation is open to all levels, the study material can be adapted to the experience of each one. Those who come for the first time will have the opportunity to discover the art of improvisation in dance. And passionate professionals and amateurs will bring their experience to another level by developing new physical capabilities and artistic perspectives. Those interested will be invited to perform in improvisation shows together with the PETEC artists in the future.
The idea of this course came to fruition in 2017, with the support of the CNDB, when the PETEC artist team proposed a tour of intensive improvisation dance workshops held by Virginia Black addressed to professionals but also to the passionate amateurs that took place at the Brush Factory. Cluj, Timișoara National Theater, Craiova National Theater, Iași Fixed Theater.
The event is composed of 4 sessions extended during February between the hours: 13:00 – 16:00.
Calendar: February 2, 9, 16, 23
Course price: 300 ron
Payment is made by purchasing the ticket on eventbook.ro