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exploring uncharted territories
In the previous years Becoming Animal was structured in two intertwined segments: play-fight and floor work. Still following a similar framework, this year the workshop will move on into a deeper line of movement investigation and self-empowerment. What I find strikingly fascinating upon observing animals is the display of tremendous physical tenacity and inner clarity whenever engaged in challenging situations. They seem to not have any concept of themselves and therefore there are seemingly no expressions that are not true and accurate.
As opposed to merely provide a set of new ideas, movements and techniques within a familiar playground, Becoming Animal’s overall aim is to lead participants safely to explore uncharted territories.
Any conceptual framework has the potential to empower with limitations since the body-mind connection, conceptually moulded, can only be safely operated within the given preconceived ideas and believes. In this workshop the conceptual mind will be aimed to deconstruct its dominance over the primordial instinctual intelligence that lies dormant inside most of us. The thinking-process shall be used as a means to retrieve heightened states of utter sensitivity that stand beyond the limits of the intellectual aspect of the mind. This is an invitation to dwell into a constant state of not-knowing, paradoxically enough, the safest guide to navigate through the unknown without bias. Although not-knowing is the "source" of knowing and of all creativity, it remains a virtually unrecognised principle in our culture. Becoming Animal requires not only a strong body to cope with the highly physical challenges but an enduring open-minded attitude to question our taking for granted conditions and programs.
ArtistBio: Bruno Caverna