Research

Since 2006 I teach movement workshops in the natural environment. Moving and being with groups out and about is one of the most exiting challenges in my life.

Generally the complete workshop time is spent outdoors, and we slowly acquaint ourselves with the different rhythms and challenges of location, season and momentary state of being. Everybody in their own pace we explore questions and propositions through movement, both individually, in pairs and as a collective.

Fostering an open and direct communication with ourselves, the natural environment and the people who share the space with us is an underlying theme to all my teaching. Each workshop has a unique focus and orientation, which is developed in relationship to the place, the group and a specific intention or theme to be explored.

Workshops

aug 2017 – tanzen im hof – tanzfabrik berlin – with susanne martin

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[1.8.2017]

Every first day of the month (1.6., 1.7., 1.8., 1.9., 1.10.2017), 2 choreographers meet with dance lovers, with and without dance experience to enter a physical dialogue and a sharing of movements with them.

Playing with the Uferstudio garden, with the spine, with stuff and messy corners. More is more and strangeness perstists.

Collaboration with Susanne Martin.

 

july 2016 – being with this world @ IDOCDE symposium vienna

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[29. – 31. Jul 2016]

Teaching at the 4th IDOCDE Symposium on Contemporary Dance Education at ImPulsTanz. Dancing bodies taking seriously – the asphalt, the grass, the shadows, the foam and other strange stuff donated by the folks upholstering seating one hall further down.

Working in the back of a building in exquisite strangeness. Practising Being with this World (in and through dance).

Being with this world as relevant for dance making and living. Working with scores and movement proposals that support tuning into materiality and responsiveness. Practising exposure. What do we need and desire to hone our abilities of moving, dancing, being with and responding to this word?

An interview with me on ‘teaching‘ and the full symposium schedule here.

april 2016 – moving & making, sant cugat – lecture and workshop

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[26. + 28. April 2016]

Moving & Making: Experiments with Body, Space and Material

Happy return to ETSAV, the Vallès Higher Technical School of Architecture in Sant Cugat. Organised by Marta Serra-Permanyer and Prof. José-Luis Oyon.
Working in the big lecture hall and outdoors, sharing stories about the buildings we grew up in and where we live now. Practising: position, transition, composition in movement. Outdoors: feeling the materiality of a wall through the body of another, thouching the human, walking in composition under trees, a small group dancing and witnessing in the end. Thank you all.

july 2014 – movement, environment and mindfulness, milwaukee

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[17. July 2014]

A workshop with young people, participants of the GATE (Global Action Through Engagement) summer programme for High School students at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (USA).

A couple of walks around and in the campus woods, in pairs and individually. Standing and moving a circle together. A mover witness score under trees. Conversations about having and giving freedom to move, staying present within challenges and extending gestures of care.

Co-facilitated with audio artist/media pedagogue Ruben Kurschat. Opening our senses, being present to ourselves whilst also attending to our community and the wider world around us.

november 2013 – smash theory session @ agora berlin

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[17. November 2013]

Constructing bodies in a cul de sac: evoking the abstract or provoking the explicitness?

A shared evening event with Marc Carrera (Tatwerk Berlin) and Michael Neuber; part of the theory session series of the physical performance trainging SMASH.

What is political? What is the political body?

My contribution to our trio explored how we might move in the space of the political yet attend to our felt senses, invite the abstract and practice the poetic.

An intensive evening filled with rebel clowns, street activism, personal stories and sociological theory. And sand and sand and sand, and milk and wine and water.

 

april 2012 – BODY.RHYTHM.TREES in the CITY, sant cugat

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Lecture and workshop at ETSAV the Vallès Higher Technical School of Architecture in the seminar series La Ciudad i la Vida by Prof. José Luis Oyon and Marta Serra.

morning / lecture

on strategies and examples of site-specific dance in relationship to architectural concepts and environments.

afternoon / workshop

with a focus on the trees located near the ETSAV campus in St. Cugat. Have you noticed the space between trees? Their rhythm and relationship? We will explore the spatial and material configurations of trees in the city – walking, playing, dancing. Paying attention to ourselves, other beings and things around us and the space through which we pass. A space which we shape through our awareness and activity and which shapes us.

 

march 2011 – ballant a la primavera de les àguiles, sant feliu

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Taller de Dansa Experimental i Processos Creatius a la Natura

A càrrec de la ballarina Paula Kramer (Berlin) amb col·laboració amb el músic Julio Reig (mediterrani).

Aquest taller s’enfoca cap a la relació d’improvisació col·laborativa entre dansa i música, cos i so, somni i realitat, moviment i natura. Ens disposem a descobrir els voltants de Sant Feliu de Codines, en concret el Cim de les Àguiles. Treballarem a l’aire lliure donant la benvinguda a la primavera trobant-nos i perdent-nos en els secrets dels nostres cossos ballant, afinant la nostra consciència corporal al nostre entorn natural, la música en directe i els éssers amb els quals compartim aquest moment.

march 2011 – BODY.SPACE.DESIRE, sant cugat

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BODY – SPACE – DESIRE

In this workshop we explored the city space of Sant Cugat through embodied movement with about 35+ students of architecture of the School of Architecture in Sant Cugat (ETSAV). We played in the streets and went on impossible journeys, following mental maps to distant sites. We invited the world around us to come to us and moved in relationship to self, others and various sites. We enjoyed silence, the business of the streets and the transformative impact a playful group can have.

july 2010 – experimental movment & creative process, burg, pyrenees

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L’alta muntanya per ella mateixa recull un espai màgic. És un lloc que impulsa la imaginació i ens posa en relació amb un món diferent. Cada dia anirem a explorar llocs al nostre voltant. Ens relacionarem amb els poders de l’alta muntanya en moviment. Cadascú al seu ritme, sempre unint-ho a través de preguntes i consells que investigarem junts. Durant el taller buscarem entrades diferents per a començar una comunicació oberta i directa amb nosaltres mateixos, amb l ‘espai natural i amb les persones que comparteixen l‘espai amb nosaltres.

july 2009 – ballar a l’alta muntanya, bordes d’olp, pyrenees

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L’alta muntanya per ella mateixa recull un espai màgic. És un lloc que impulsa la imaginació i ens posa en relació amb un món diferent al de la ciutat. Per a la realització d’aquest taller ens trobarem afora i amunt per un cap de setmana. Tenim un espai, un Prat, vora del poble d’Olp, a les Bordes d’Olp, on podrem posar les nostres tendes i/o habitacles.
Cada dia anirem a explorar llocs diferents al nostre voltant. Ens relacionarem amb els poders de l’alta muntanya en moviment. Cadascú al seu ritme, sempre unint-ho a través de preguntes i consells que investigarem junts. Durant el taller buscarem entrades diferents per a començar una comunicació oberta i directa amb nosaltres mateixos, amb l ‘espai natural i amb les persones que comparteixen l ‘espai amb nosaltres.

may 2009 – experimental movement & creative process, montseny

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Treballar amb el moviment a la natura cada vegada és una experiència diferent. En aquest taller hi ha la posibilitat d ́anar junts cap a una aventura de moviment individual i comú al peu del Montseny a prop del població de Sant Esteve de Palautordera.

Així com els nostres entorns cambien continuament, també cambien els nostres sentiments, decisions i capacitats en moviment. Durant el taller buscarem entrades diferents per a començar una comunicació oberta i directe amb nosaltres mateixos, amb l’espai natural i amb les persones que comparteixen l’espai amb nosaltres.

Treballarem especialment amb aspectes de presència corporal i mental. Cada persona pot descobrir els seus accesos personals.

july 2008 – labyrinth workshop barnum, minnesota

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Co-facilitated with Emily Hughes

At this Community Supported Labyrinth Workshop and Ceremony at Common Place Farm we will not only create the physical path of a labyrinth on the earth’s body, but also explore this path in our own bodies. Through times of moving, meditating, exploring, witnessing, eating, resting, celebrating, and walking the labyrinth, we will answer the ancient call to commune with the sun, the moon, the wind and the water, and we will embrace the innate desire (however shy) to dance with the grasses, the flowers, the trees, and the creatures of this earth. We look forward to sharing this experience with you. (Paula Wiliams)

july 2006 – experimental movement & creative process, farrera, pyrenees

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Els temes principals del taller seran l’exploració del cos/moviment a la natura, mitjançant la creació d’un ambient d’inspiració i creativitat. S’experimentarà amb les immenses variacions que es produeixen entre el temps, la matèria, els elements de la natura i la nostra presència, els nostre moviments.

La intenció és explorar i gaudir de l’espai natural amb el moviment, investigant quins són els materials, colors, sons, moviments, etc. que ens ajuden a establir processos creatius i artístics.

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12487 Berlin

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