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BODY WEATHER WORKSHOP

4.11.2008

A workshop conducted by Dutch dancer Frank van de Ven from December 6 to 7, 2008.

The workshop is for anyone who wants to discover the possibilities of their body and to use these for various dance and drama techniques. The workshop will be held in English.

Body Weather Workshop Prague, December 6 and 7, 2008

with Frank van de Ven (BW Amsterdam)

Body Weather is a comprehensive training and performance practice that investigates the intersections of bodies and their environments.  Bodies are not conceived as fixed and separate entities but are - just like the weather - constantly changing through an infinite and complex system of processes occurring in- and outside of these bodies.

This introductory workshop proposes a re-examination of the habitual body and it's accompanying mental structures as a means of indicating and reflecting upon possible areas of change in the perception and the actual state of our own body and that of others.

As a training, Body Weather is of relevance to anyone interested in exploring the body and physical presence and can be aligned to various dance and theatre practices.

The daily training-routine consists of:

- ‘MB’ (mind/body, muscles/bones)  
An energetic, dynamic and rhythmic movement work-out that observes the kinaesthetic sensitivity and co-ordination potential of the body-in-motion while developing strength, endurance, flexibility and grounding.
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- ‘Manipulations’
Structured and paced work with partners, concerned with breathing, stretching, alignment and the notion of ‘relaxation’.

- ‘Laboratory’
A wide forum of explorations including work on segmentation, different speeds within the body and the notion of time, sensory investigation, spatial awareness inside and outside the body, image-to-movement work.
Emphasis is given on observation and feedback as a means to objectify experience and to sharpen and articulate the perception of bodies.

The term & philosophical basis for Body Weather was founded in the early 1980's by Butoh dancer Min Tanaka and further developed by Laboratories worldwide. Bakatsaki and van de Ven were members of Min Tanaka’s Maijuku Performance Company in Japan, from 1983-1991. Since 1993 they lead Body Weather Amsterdam, a platform for training and performance.

DATES: Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 December 2008

TIME: 11:00 - 17:00
The studio will be open 30 minutes before start.

PLACE: Archa Lab studio, Zlatnická 8, Prague 1

WORKSHOP FEE: CZK 1,500 Kc/ CZK 1,200 for students

For further information or application: archa e-mail alena.prokopova@archatheatre.cz
T: 221 716 333, 221 716 103
Deadline for application and payments 28.11.2008
see also www.bodyweatheramsterdam.blogspot.com

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