"Tensegrity is …the fluid and energetically efficient way of being — the path with heart." – Don Juan, Yaqui Indian from Yuma, Arizona
Tensegrity is an architectural and also biologic principle of structure based on non-touching compression elements floating in a balanced sea of tensional elements. Applied to our anatomy, the compression elements are our bones suspended and held in relationship by an all encompassing and permeating tensile web of connective tissue (fasciae) that gives the body its overall integrity.
How does this idea influence how we perceive, treat and analyse the relationships within our body? How does Tensegrity allow for a certain gravity independence?
Establishing balanced tensegrities in our body in motion means the intricate study of biomechanics and a complex tuning of the tensional relationship between articulations and body parts. Further allowing for gradual, sinosoidal movement in concert with the gravitational forces will let the strings and membranes of our instrument - the body - resonate more fully. In this workshop we will take a closer look into the multiple properties of Tensegrity, trying to shift the theoretical ideas into our body consciousness and testing its dynamic manifestations in improvisational explorations, partnered dances and athletic movement sequences.
The Axis Syllabus can be considered an information resource pool filled with tools, tactics and knowledge for continuously improving movement education and training practices for dancers and everyone that desires to move. The AS claims to be a detailed systemic and a continuously redefining movement analysis that is based on on-going empirical, multi-scientific and pedagogical inquiry. Knowledge is gathered, organised and tested by a community of teachers and students from all walks of life. Safe falling reflexes, transitions, finding healthy range of motion, injury prevention or kinetic efficiency are some of the key objectives. An Axis Syllabus class aims to create a collaborative learning environment and effective space for personal research.