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ANDREW DE LOTBINIÈRE HARWOOD
SEIZE THE DECISIVE MOMENT – Improvisation for performers
The decisive moment in instantaneous choreography
Through the awareness of visual and non-visual perception, we will tune into our inner and outer world as we observe and awaken the imagination for real-time composition. Can we seize the moment, harness our habits and use all our known and unknown resources wisely? Do we recognise we are part of a bigger picture and be attentive to everything all at once? Can we do less and accomplish more? Can we expand our comfort zone and survive clumsy moments converting them into artistic material? Can we sustain a solo or an ensemble dance for a long time or just as easily leave it all of a sudden? These are some of the questions this workshop will investigate. What is so wonderful about instantaneous composition is that suddenly the elements erupt before you, just like that, and it is essential to seize them.
Some thoughts to inspire our inquiries:
• Improvising like we breathe.
• Tasting the absence of doing.
• Activating pathways between the physical and the intangible.
• Imagining the impossible.
• Training ourselves to "let it happen".
• Giving ourselves permission to feel pleasure in what we are doing, especially when it is awkward.
• Staying simple is ironically quite difficult.
• Awakening our presence to imperceptible things.
• "Beefing up" our game.
OTHER WORKSHOPS OF Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood
Re-examining Contact Essentials
This intensive workshop invites participants to reconsider our perception of what Contact Improvisation (CI) essentials are as we focus on some specific/fundamental facets of CI such as: sensation, space, time and our relationships with the other dancers. Perceptual skills involving the somatosensory systems such as "seeing" through the skin and "tasting" sensations will be examined and integrated into essential physical abilities such as: moving while supporting weight (1%-100%), falling and landing safely from any level, constantly modulating the tone of one’s body, being omni-directionally responsive and emotionally clear and present. Release techniques, hands-on work as well as numerous scores for dancing, warming down and discussions will be included.
For adults of all ages with curious bodies, open minds and a desire to dance.
ARTISTBIO: Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood
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