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Nadja Hallström
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Shared Practice 

Ian Kaler and Jam Rostron have been developing a unique shared practice since 2015. Their joint practice is intuitive, vulnerable, profound and humorous transforming and spanning from choreography to music production/composition.

In the two-day workshop we will explore a basic presence exercise as a subtle build-up of awareness for the space we are in and the bodies we share it with, connecting the visual and spatial with the somatic, fine-tuning our perception individually and as a group. On a sonic and musical level we will connect with our voice(s) and vocal folds. We will build simple (acoustic) vocal loops as Solos and in groups and play with the given range of vocal diversity that each individual brings. From there we will go into practicing jam-sessions adding layers and finding a range of real-time decision making in moving, performing, being present and sounding. During the sessions we will have space for exchange and reflection.

The workshop is aiming at people/bodies with a queer sensitivity and openness to explore a range of very subtle to perhaps more bold and un_controlled (not as in going-crazy but as being okay with not knowing) introspection: output. You don't need to have any dance training or have any singing skills or have ever sung before. Bring shoes to work with.

Please apply via email with a short statement, CV and photos for this workshop.


Ian Kaler studied Transmedial Arts in Vienna and graduated from the pilot study programme Contemporary Dance, Context, Choreography at the higher educational Centre for Dance at the College of Fine Arts, Berlin (Universität der Künste Berlin). Since 2010, he has been developing choreographic series that are accompanied by (visual) media works and in exchange with different artists. Since 2015, Ian Kaler has been working on the choreographic series o.T. (German acronym for untitled) in collaboration with the music producer Planningtorock as well as further guest artists, such as Philipp Gehmacher, Stephane Peeps Moun, Imogen Heath, Joy Leah Joseph and Houwaide Hedfi. So far, three pieces have been created as part of the series, two of which premiered at ImPulsTanz in 2015 ("the emotionality of the jaw") and ("gateways to movement"). "Incipient Futures" and the practice format "RAW PRACTICE" complete the current series.

Two of his video installations, "Me becoming myself (unfinished)" (2016) and "Shifting the burden", the result of a collaboration with Anne Quyrinen in 2014, have been shown at the Leopoldmuseum Wien as part of ImPulsTanz 2016.

"LIVFE" – the first piece of a new series of choreographic works, in which choreography and dance are combined with spoken-word texts and theatre as well as live music (rRoxymore) and live video (and visual effects: Imogen Heath) – was first performed during ImPulsTanz 2017 and was subsequently showcased in a slightly adapted version at the HAU1 Hebbel am Ufer in Berlin in 2018.

The premiere of "ON THE CUSP", Kaler’s first choreographic piece for 16 dancers of the Cullbergbaletten, took place at the Tanzquartier Wien in January 2019. In the meantime, Kaler has also been working with Planningtorock on Rostron’s musical show "Powerhouse". "Powerhouse" and "RAW PRACTICE" will premiere in Austria as part of ImPulsTanz 2019.

Ian Kaler also develops workshops that function as research formats in parallel to his choreographic series, which he has held at the ImPulsTanz International Contemporary Dance Festival in Vienna, the Tanzquartier Wien, PACT Zollverein Essen, DOCH School for Dance and the Circus Stockholm, the Cullbergbaletten, Escuela Profesional de Danza in Mazatlán as well as the University of Sonora in Mexico, amongst others. Aside from teaching workshops that are designated for professional dancers with Mixed Abilities, he also teaches his practice to people who have artistic backgrounds outside for the realm of dance.

ARTISTBIO: Planningtorock aka Jam Rostron

Planningtorock – aka Jam Rostron – is a Bolton-born Berlin-based singer-songwriter, composer, producer and director with three critically acclaimed studio albums of left-field dance to their name – not to mention various collaborations, operas, film scores and remixes. A self-taught, non-binary, working-class musician, they’ve spent a decade plus queering sound and vision as Planningtorock.

Planningtorock debuted in the Noughties with 2006’s Have It All [Chicks On speed], finding artistic community among fellow DIY outliers and gender outlaws such as Peaches and The Knife. Their sound – tense, spellbinding dance music with classical flourishes, unexpected brass and pitched-down vocals that have become Planningtorock's signature – have earned them a dedicated following.

W, Planningtorock’s critically acclaimed 2011 debut on DFA, revealed a visionary and politicised producer. It offered up deeply queered art-pop – 2014’s All Love’s Legal (“a masterclass in left-of-centre dance music”, Mixmag), released on Rostron's own imprint Human Level with banner-ready slogans (‘Patriarchy Over And Out’, ‘Let’s Talk About Gender Baby’), revealed their ability to combine pop-oriented music with a political message.


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