Residency for Experienced Dancers in Contact Improvisation, July2019

This is the first of two Residencies. July7-27, 2019. Arrive on Sunday, July7. Depart after breakfast on Saturday, July27.

Week1: We will begin our morning with practice in the classics led by Mark Young. We will practise the Spiral Rolls, Crescent Rolls and Aikido Rolls and how to apply them to the partnering duet form of Contact Improvisation. Afternoon sessions are for participant driven labs. In the evening, we jam.

Week2: Benno Voorham will lead this week. Contact Improvisation will be the common ground to continue and deepen our skills to come into a physical and kinaesthetic dialogue with others. From there we will enter the realm of improvisation in relation to performing. We will play with different scores for improvisation to challenge and sharpen our compositional and spatial awareness. Articulation and playfulness are two keywords for this workshop in which we will dance a lot for and with each other. Dances in which we can expect to be in physical contact at any moment and at the same time keeping an awareness of ones own direction in improvising.

Benno Voorham is an international performer, choreographer and teacher from Holland, living in Stockholm since 1995. Since his graduation in 1986 from the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam he has worked internationally as an independent dance-artist, directing his own work as well as collaborating with others in both set and improvised pieces. Together with Sybrig Dokter he started LAVA-Dansproduktion, an international operating association for dance, based in Stockholm. In recent years he has choreographed several works for and with children and youth. In 2012/2013 the project HOME with children from children homes in Moldova, Ukraine and Belarus and in 2014/2015 with internal refugees inside Georgia. Recently he made performance projects with young refugees in Sweden and Norway.

He is an acclaimed international teacher of Contact Improvisation and Compositional Improvisation. In both his teaching and performance work, he is interested in exploring the creative and narrative potentials of the human body. During the last years he has worked with integrating the use of video in performance.

“Having danced Contact Improvisation since 1981, I keep renewing my interest in this form and specifically in relation to my performance work. It has given me a strong basis to come in a physical and emotional dialogue with others. In my work as a dance maker and improviser I am interested to explore different crossroads between dance and physical theatre. Using the potential of the human body to tell stories through movement in a non-literal way.”

Week3: Back to Basics with the classic exercises that lead to magic: Tai Chi, Spiral Rolls, The Stand, and evening jams.

There are two meditation times scheduled per day, 7-8am and 230-330pm. No one is compelled to meditate but participants are asked to support the group by being quiet in and around the studio during these times.

$1800Canadian includes all meals, camping or dormitory, limo from the ferry to the studio and then returned at the end of the workshop, tuition and taxes.

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