Body Weather Workshop: Melbourne

Body Weather Workshop: Melbourne
10 June 2023
10 a.m.
Gretel Taylor and Frank van de Ven offer a weekend Body Weather workshop, moving from physical training into improvisation.

Body Weather is a comprehensive approach to training and performance that investigates the intersections of bodies and their environments. The term and philosophical basis for Body Weather was founded in the early 1980s by dancer Min Tanaka and further developed by proponents worldwide. Bodies are conceived not as fixed and separate entities but as constantly changing - just like the weather.

This workshop is suited to dance, theatre & movement practitioners, artists and anyone interested in exploring the body and physical presence.

10am - 12.30pm Body Weather training
1.30 - 4pm Into Improvisation

After a fun and powerful movement workout in the mornings, we will delve into some possibilities of movement improvisation in the afternoons. We’ll explore sensory and imagery tasks, observe prevalent habits and patterns, create movement and improvise with scores to enter an embodied state of curiosity and discovery.

Frank van de Ven was a member of Tanaka’s Maijuku Performance Company in Japan from 1983-1991. With Katerina Bakatsaki he founded Body Weather Amsterdam, a platform for training and performance. He has an ongoing commitment to the Body/Landscape projects conducted worldwide and since 1995 he has led the annual, interdisciplinary Bohemiae Rosa Project (Czech Republic) with Milos Sejn, connecting body and landscape with art, geology and architecture.

Gretel Taylor trained at the Body Weather Farm in Japan in 1999 and 2000, which informed her performance, teaching and research (as BodyPlaceProject). Gretel developed an improvisational ‘locating’ practice as a mode of relating to place during her PhD (2009) and as an ongoing inquiry, with particular interest in ecological and decolonial lenses on site-based performance. She has taught Dance and Performance at Deakin, RMIT, Monash and Victoria University, as well as regularly at Dancehouse.

Studio : Dancehouse, Wurundjeri
Country, 150 Princes Street,
Carlton North VIC 3054
Dates : Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th
June, 2023
Time: 10am-12.30pm and 1.30-4pm
Workshop fee: $200/Concession $180 (students/unwaged)
Info & bookings: ZnJhbmsgISBEgfCB4czRhbGwgISBubA== / +61 455 454 782 or Z3JldGVsdGF5bG9yIHwgZ21haWwgISBjb20= / 0425 759 988

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