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FLORENTINA HOLZINGER & MARIJA MALENICA
Inside the Octagon
A Transformatory Fighting Workshop
In this class we will recruit warriors, assuming that this will result in better artistry.
We use the preparation a fighter undergoes to prepare for our artistic work. We start from a place of physical challenge, taking inspiration from martial arts and boxing training. We will work on condition, on pads, with partners, and prepare ourselves for some sparring, the pas de deux of the ring.
Even though we want to spend time on obtaining actual fighting technique, our focus will be the act of pursuing it, of undergoing a training together and appropriating it for our practice.
How can we use the preparation for the ring as a preparation to make dance or art? What if the preparation of the fighter is an artistic process? We want to explore the exchangability of physical disciplines as a tool for dancers, makers and creative people. In that spirit we also investigate the performativity of the collaboration happening between trainer and trainee, coach and student, personal trainer and client.
"Fear is the greatest obstacle for learning in any area, but in particular in boxing. For example, boxing you learn through repetition. You do it over and over and suddenly you’ve got it… however in the course of trying to learn, if you get hit and you get hurt, that makes you cautious, and when you’re cautious you can't repeat it and when you can’t repeat it, it’s going to delay the learning process…" – Cus D’Amato, trainer of Mike Tyson
In this Workshop we will transform our body into a weapon to serve our dreams.
For this workshop Florentina invites the Croatian K1 Champion Marija Malenica. She will offer her experience to pass profound boxing technique on to the students and prepare them for combat.
ARTISTBIO: Florentina Holzinger
Her collaboration with Vincent Riebeek resulted in a trilogy of pieces – "Kein Applaus für Scheisse", "Spirit", and "Wellness" – that are touring at various international performance festivals. Holzinger’s latest work "Agon" had its first showing last summer at ImPulsTanz and "Recovery" is its continuation. And in 2015 she premiered the performance "Schönheitsabend" at ImPulsTanz, Vienna.
ARTISTBIO: Marija Malenica
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