ARISE: IMPROVISATION WORKSHOP FOR DANCERS
by Ady Elzam & Alex Zampini
Berlin, November 2016
Improvisation, from the viewpoint of composition, is about taking choices in space and in time. The decisions we take in a moment (time) are meant to create a frame (space) for the dance to happen.
Gathering in a studio together, provides a setting for dance to appear, simply because we are in the same time and space, available to get into a group process.
While a jam is defined as a playful space to explore movement, a class is a setting clearly taken by the facilitator into a specific direction.
In this workshop we intend to create an instant composition setting, where all participants are responsible for what happens in the space, whether we are moving or actively witnessing. We will work with a range of tools, practices and techniques which will help us to improve the ability of making intuitive decisions, composing the space and stay present.
Live music will be an integral element of the practice, aiming to deepen the awareness on the way sound impacts our choice-taking, and how an acoustic stimuli can be actively used within a spatial-temporal context.
PUPPY PLAYGROUND, music and dance workshop
By Katri Lukkonen, Alex Zampini and Hugh Stainer
Berlin, November 2014
These classes/workshops will approach the core principles of Contact with a relaxed and playful attitude. Together we will explore the joy of improvisation, both in and out of contact.
Beginning with basic bodywork techniques we will then move into individual floorwork, partner rolling and then gradually building up to standing using the natural spirals of the body. Exercises will alternate between contact and solo work to connect the group as a whole, creating an open, safe environment where participants can feel totally free.
Emphasis will move on to improvised duets where we use each others’ energy to spin off into moments of freedom and individuality, then finding pathways to reconnect with our partner.
The focus of the workshops will be to cultivate deeper awareness of listening, breathing, giving, receiving, timing.
Throughout all the workshops we will have live accompaniment from Alex Zampini. He will be collaborating with us in all the workshops to create the perfect environments in which to explore, and provide rhythms and beats to allow us to find our own inner pulse.