BERLIN: Scott Wells's "The Flying Score Workshop"
Scott Wells & Dancers
The Flying Score – Workshop by Scott Wells
Workshop in Contact Improvisation, flight patterns and fluid acrobatics
May 25-27, 2018 – Tanzfabrik Berlin (Kreuzberg)
Scott Wells, San Francisco
Artistic Director of Scott Wells & Dancers – contemporary dance ensemble, renown for their high-flying, gravity-defying dance
– Friday 25.5.: 16-20:00
– Saturday 26.5.: 10-18:00 (break 13-14:00)
(19-22:00 public Contact Jam)
– Sunday 27.5.: 11-18:00 (break 14-15:00)
(=total teaching time: 17h)
Early bird: 145€ (money transfer until April 25, 2018),
For registration details and workshop questions please contact me by e-mail at email@example.com
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WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION – The Flying Score:
Starting with contact as our foundation, we’ll traject towards a space that supports freedom of flight and expression: expression that takes us into interaction and ensemble improvisation. That is: we start at zero to redefine what is contact—to ourselves, others, reality, gravity. We start at zero to connect with our bodies, our interest and spontaneity.
Some notions: We will decode momentum to ride moving support — riding momentum is about letting go without being out-of–control. We’ll track flying centers of gravity to find aerial interactions that increase the contact.
I like to inject some body systems material (BMC, Alexander Technique and bodywork). For example: Jumping ≠ Flying because jumping is a muscular action, whereas flying is in the bones and is affected greatly by emotions and attitude.
Some of the techniques that will be tought are: ‘flying patterns’ (lifts, how to spring, how to jump, how to fly), ‘fluid acrobatics’ (actobatics in movement), ‘pure contact’(contact improvisation basics). For the acrobatic and advanced patterns everyone will work at their own level and will learn best by building group safety and trust – everyone will do something new. We will learn some repertory and practice taking the aerial work into improv. I like feedback and will see what the group is up for.
We will practice flying, catching, landing, fluid acrobatics and deft maneuvers. We’ll be doing my favorite contact exercises and current curiosities--created or learned over the decades of investigation and indulgence. We use these to warm up, center and to re-enter the “beginner’s mind” of contact improvisation. We will practice integrating the flying and acrobatics into the contact flow. That is: aerial interactions that increase the contact. We will take the aerial work into improvisation FLYING SCORES.
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