Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

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26 OCT 2009
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2 Nov 2009
Via Malabranca 15, Orvieto, 05018, Italy

Orvieto Contemporanea
International Cultural Projects in Residency 2009

Palazzo Caravajal Simoncelli
Caravajal15 residenza dinamica
Orvieto \ Italy
www.contactfestival.it

26 October–2 November \ 2009
BEING READY
an intermediate course in Contact Improvisation
Project in residency Orvieto \ Italy

with
Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood

26/10/’09 – 1/11/’09
Intensive Residential WORKSHOP
BEING READY
an intermediate course in Contact Improvisation

2/11/’09
International JAM

BEING READY
an intermediate course in Contact Improvisation
Because of the challenging nature of this workshop, this intensive is for those with a solid grasp of Contact fundamentals. What does it mean to be ready to dance at any time, with anyone, anywhere? There are no set formulas, or specific manners to achieving this state of readiness. There is, however, an attitude and a state of body-mind that can be cultivated which can help bring us to that place of total alertness. Being completely attentive and always prepared on all levels, will enable us to go beyond thinking our way through the dance, and help us be attuned to what is actually taking place. This full presence also allows us to be freed of the mental chatter, planning ahead, and judgment, which so often override the body’s ability to make appropriate split-second choices. In this way the improvisations can be entirely physical, playful, heartfelt, surprising and enjoyable. Explored themes will include: tumbling, flying, use of variable speeds, use of direct action and initiation, resistance, disappearance, subtle and surprising ways of moving weight, flowing through unfamiliar circumstances, extending our personal range of movement, and integrating our imagination and our heart. Discussions about the work and various approaches to bodywork will complement each session.

Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood is the artistic director of AH HA Productions a project oriented company focusing on improvisation as a performing art.
Andrew is recognized as an exceptional international teacher, performer and creator in the field of instantaneous choreography and contact improvisation since 1975. His work has been presented in numerous international festivals since 1980 (Impuls Tanz, La Biennale, Festival Montpellier, F.I.N.D., Festival des Antipodes, IF/ New York, Bates Dance Festival, etc).
He has danced with the companies of Fulcrum, Jo Lechay, Marie Chouinard, and Jean-Pierre Perreault, and has collaborated with many renowned dance artists including Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith, Lisa Nelson, Kirstie Simson, Peter Bingham, Chris Aiken, Ray Chung and Benoit Lachambre among many others. His background includes athletics, gymnastics, yoga, modern dance, Release Technique, improvisation, alignment work and Aikido. He was awarded the Canada Council’s Jacqueline Lemieux dance award in 2000.

Intensive Workshop timetable
26 October – 1 November
A 7 days of intensive training
with Andrew de Lotbinière Harwood for 42 hours,
6 hours every day: from 10 to 13 and from 14 to 17

2 November Jam
beginning at 11 am ending at 7 pm
at Caravajal15 residenza dinamica

MORE INFO and REGISTRATION
www.contactfestival.it
tel +39 0763341479
info@contactfestival.it

Caravajal15 residenza dinamica
Palazzo Caravajal-Simoncelli
Via Malabranca 15
05018 Orvieto TR – Italy

The workshop costs 350 euros, it is a 42 hours of workshop, consisting of 6 hours a day for 7 days.
Cost of the Jam (November 2):
The jam will be from 11 in the morning until 7 PM at evening time, including the lunch break.
For participants enrolled in the residential workshop, the Jam costs 25 euros, including breakfast and lunch. Only Jam, without lunch and breakfast is 12 euros.
For people not registered in the workshop, the Jam costs 45 euros, lunch included.

Sleeping:
The residential workshop’s fee includes free beds that our association offer to participants, in a collective situation, with the mattresses in the workshop premises.

Meals: we have our Italian cook who will prepare dinner and supper for us.
The cost is 20 euros a day (2 meals).
For breakfast there is an additional fee of 4\5 euros.
The total cost is 24\25 euros a day for all three meals (dinner, supper, breakfast).

It will also be advisable for participants to communicate their dietary restrictions: vegetarian, non vegetarian, allergies, etc.

Registration procedure
In registering for the Andrew Harwood’s intensive workshop you have to send a pre-registration fee of 150 euros, confirming with an e-mail to: info@contactfestival.it.
After having made the payment, send a copy of the money order via fax, to +39 0763.340669
The pre-registration fee is considered an advance payment for participation in the project.
The remainder of the fee of 200 euros, will be paid upon arrival in Orvieto.

CONTACT: Rossella Fiumi, +390763341479, , http://www.contactfestival.it
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2 NOV 2009
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6 Nov 2009
Berlin, Germany

The Performance Jam Contact Ensemble.
5 Day Intensive Workshop by Scott Wells from San Francisco

WHEN: November 2-6, 2009, 12:00-18:00
WHERE: Schwelle 7 Studio, Berlin / Germany
WEB: http://www.schwelle7.de/Scott%20Wells.html
REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
PRICE: 200 EUR
SLEEPING: We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.

The Performance Jam Contact Ensemble.

I'd like to create an atmosphere that has more intention and group focus than a jam, but less stringent than a formal performance. We'll develop our ensemble work and gain performance skills and resources. Contact Improvisation will be an element of our practice, an element to mix with soloing, ensemble and compositional work.

We will take single elements (e.g. a flying skill) into scores.
We will use this progression:

1) Connecting with yourself, using body sensations or images as they come up or the stories in your head. Noticing impulses to move—being able to feel your impulses, and pick which ones to follow.

2) Connecting with others (Ensemble), Awareness of others in the group. For example, f your working with levels, can you track the others’ levels as you move. Mirroring or copying others is one of our skills for this.

3) What is interesting to watch? Connecting with the watchers (audience). Do you sense what is interesting for them to see? Do you sense what place onstage will be psychologically dynamic OR make the picture of what is happening see-able. This is composition.

Scott Wells will support this score through teaching contemporary dance technique, improvisation, contact and partnering:

Contact Improvisation – Basic Skills and Thrills
With trust + skill, pleasure + technique we will venture into the realms of contact. We will go for the pure contact moment and there will be lots of practical work for jumping, catching, landing, a variety of handstands and acrobatics. This skills based class is meant as preparation for jamming, choreography and to give you the tools to have your dance.

Contact Improvisation – Flying ≠ Jumping
Lose your head to fly contact improvisation: Flight patterns, Fluid Acrobatics and Pure Contact
We will work for clear, satisfying contact improvisation in which pleasure is the first teacher. We will practice flying, catching, landing, fluid acrobatics, deft maneuvers. For the acrobatics in particular everyone will work at their own level and will learn best by building group safety and trust—I think everyone will do something they never expected. We will practice integrating the flying and acrobatics into the contact flow. That is: aerial interactions that increase the contact. Jumping ≠ Flying because jumping is is a muscular action, whereas flying is a joint nervous system based and is affected greatly by emotions and attitude.

Wrestling with Affection
We start with seeking the softest connective contact. Then we venture into wrestling accessing a wide range of feelings, play, and sensuality. Introduction to techniques for safe and aggressive contact including soft takedowns, resistance and collaboration. Safety, listening, ease and quick reflexes are emphasized for this style of contact improvisation.

Partnering – Physics of empathy
We will learn partnering from Scott Wells’ repertory. This will be contemporary partnering grounded in contact and air-born in dreams of flight. We will use improvisational tuning exercises to get in sync and learn set phrases that combine solo dancing, flying lifts, and fluid acrobatics. I will breakdown some ambitious lifts into workable steps. And approach flying and acrobatics as exercises in emotion and orientation and so give support to each as you expand your abilities. We go for honest moments of impact and desire; to articulate the delicious, perform the intimate, understand when to use force, where to soften, how to be empty and why we dance with each other.

Material developed in the workshop will be presented to the public in an informal showing at the end of the week, Friday, 6 at 8:30 pm

CV Scott Wells

In 1981 Scott he discovered the pleasure of contact improvisation shortly after becoming obsessed with the struggles of modern dance. He stuck with both and currently directs a company in San Francisco and tours annually to Europe. In 2005 Scott received the San Francisco Award for Outstanding Choreography. and was selected by Dance Magazine as “one of the 25 To Watch in 2005”. He is highly regarded contact improvisor. “an electrifying style of contact” SF WEEKLY. Scott has trained extensively in contemporary dance and the Alexander technique. and has an MFA in dance (the highest academic degree for dance). He has taught at festivals in Turkey, Canada, Seattle (SFADI), Vienna (Impustanz), Romania (Trans-Contact), and Germany (Freiburg Contact Festival as a main teacher) and will teach this year at the Budapest Kontact Festival and the Barcelona Contact Improvisation Festival.

Scott’s style of contact is athletic and emphasizes freedom of movement, flying, fluid acrobatics (easy to advanced), safety, precision, pleasure and technique. What students often like best in Scott's classes is the variance between the meditative, listening, slow and sensual dancing and the fun, playful, very physical dancing. And students appreciate how the scary or advanced moves are safe, relaxed and made possible.


LOCATION -——-

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6, HH 1. OG
13357 Berlin/Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 30-4736 3500
http://www.schwelle7.de
Email: info (at) felixruckert.de
TRAFFIC LINK: UB Nauener Platz, Pankstr, Osloer Str, SB Gesundbrunnen

CONTACT: http://www.schwelle7.de/Scott%20Wells.html
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13 Nov 2009
MARTHA MOORE: Performance Workshop, November 9-13, 2009, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany
Germany

Assembling Narratives
5 day intensive Performance Workshop with Martha Moore
WHEN: November, 9-13, 12:00-18:00
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany

ASSEMBLING NARRATIVES
The Construction and Deconstruction of a Character

This workshop proposes to explore the notions of building a solo around a purely fictional auto-biography, where movement and text can co-exist in a non-linear fashion.
The idea is to create an open system of situations and fragments that will be built up, altered, and torn down daily.
Watching and commenting on each other’s work will be an integral part of the process.

We will begin each day with a warm-up intended to center the individual within the group, interlacing the vertical preparation of Ba Gua (style WU), the use of voice, and different somatic approaches.
This will be followed by a group improvisation, using simple (and sometimes not so simple) spatial constructs to develop listening skills before concentrating on individual work.
We will move back and forth constantly between improvising and composing, in and out of order.

The workshop will culminate in an evening of Performance/showing on Friday, November, 13 at 8:30 pm

WORKSHOP: http://www.schwelle7.de/Martha%20Moore.html
REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
PRICE: 200 EUR

SLEEPING:
We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.


LOCATION -——-

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6 HH 1. OG
13357 Berlin/Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 30-4736 3500
http://www.schwelle7.de
Email: info (at) felixruckert.de

TRAFFIC LINK: UB Nauener Platz, Pankstr, Osloer Str, SB Gesundbrunnen


CV MARTHA MOORE

Martha Moore belongs to a generation of dance artists with one foot in modern dance and the other firmly planted in the post modern. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dance from the University of California-Santa Barbara (dir. Rona Sande), where she worked intensively with a former assistant to Mary Wigman and Kurt Jooss, Isa Partch-Bergsohn, as well as several members of the Graham, Limon and Cunningham compagnies. She received a Master of Fine Arts degree in dance under the direction of Martha Myers, exploring somatic methods, improvisation and choregraphy. During this time she received a scholarship to the American Dance Festival and presented her work , «A Question of Procedure» under the direction of Lucas Hoving. She then joined the dance staff at Connectcut College before moving to New York City in 1977.

From 1975 to 1983 , she danced and collaborated with several music and danse improvisational companies and worked on a film with the Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble for the Nebraska Public Television. She was selected to present her works in such venues as the Dance Theatre Workshop, The Door, and the 92nd Street Y, and create work for The Yard in Martha’s Vineyard. During this time she also danced and collaborated with the artists Stuart Pimsler and Ara Fitzgerald.
In 1980 she presented her first evening length work in Paris and then moved there permanently in 1983.

She was artist in residency at Die Werkstatt in Dusseldorf in 1984 and formed her company Toss in 1985. She has performed for several artists on stage and in film, notably Mark Tompkins, Lila Greene, Stephanie Aubin, Charles Cré-Ange, and Jacques Patarozzi. In 1993 she created with Patricia Lopez the film "Killing was Easy" (Réalis. Sylvia Callé), selected for the "Festival des Assassins" at the Cinémathèque de Paris.

In 1995, she co-founded the collective company «Les Penelopes» and collaborated with the Quatuor Albrecht Knust for the re-creation of «Continuous Project Altered Daily» by Yvonne Rainer and Steve Paxton’s «Satisf’n Lover», and later with Dominique Brun, Valeska Gert’s «La Mort» and «La Sorciere» of Mary Wigman.
From 1992 to 2000, she was regularly invited for teaching residencies at the European Center for New Dance Development in Arnhem, as well as a commissioned work for the twin school in Dusseldorf. At the same time, she began creating a series of duets and performance installations in collaboration with various dance artists:Anne Koren, Sally Silvers , Isabelle Marteau, Christine Corday… and continues this process now with the New York choreographer Ara Fitzgerald.
She currently contributes work to the feminist performance collective, femmeuses (directed by Cecile Proust), and collaborates with the sculptor Félix Perrotin in the performance series, the john and jane installations, and for her latest work that was easy.
She performed in «Fuck Yeah !» for the Nature Theatre of Oklahoma in May 2009 during their residency at Les Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers.

She has taught professional classes and workshops for several national choreographic centers and companies in Europe, as well as for the «Centre National de la Danse», and the «Ménagerie de Verre» in Paris.

CONTACT:
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15 Nov 2009
Vilnius, Lithuania

For intermediate-advanced level CI dancers, but beginners are also welcome!

Dynamic Trios

I am curious to find tools what helps to dance trio contact improvisation. How to create alive dancing dialogue by using touch, movement, weight and balance? What kind of details we can find from trio dance by listening to the live situation. What if I have every moment in trio many possibilities where I can guide or allow dance to go. How well we recognize when we are leading or following the dance or when being just passive? What are my habits in trio dance and what are the directions in movement where I never want to go? So this will be lot about what kind of choices we make in trio dance and technical tools for trios.

Mirva Mäkinen

I am a 35-year old dancer. I graduated (MA) from the Dance Department of the Theatre Academy of Finland in 2000. After that I have worked widely in Finland as a dancer, dance teacher and choreographer.

From 2000 onwards I have acted as dance teacher and lecturer for dance at the Kallio Upper Secondary School of Performing Arts. I have also taught at domestic and international dance and contact improvisation festivals.

In dance I am interested in the feeling of flow and soft movement. I love to investigate movement, its rhythm and different ways of inhabiting the body. A feeling of dancing is created by being able to switch the body from total relaxation to extreme intensity and ìtensionî. I call this the body’s ability to breathe and create movement. My ideal is total presence, which makes every moment true and meaningful.

It’s a great opportunity to meet, learn and dance with a wonderful CI dancer and teacher Mirva! As well as share the dances and explorations with international participants and visit a beautiful capital of Lithuanian! Come to enrich your CI dance with a trio experience and practise, get some inspiration for your dance and a lot of joy and pleasure of learning!

Fee: Cost of the workshop – 65 EUR.
With early registration and deposit* (20 EUR) paid:
55 EUR, till 9th of November,
45 EUR, till 22nd of October.
10 % discount for the participants of the Minifestival !
*10 EUR of deposit is unrefundable in case of cancellation

Venue: Space in Vilnius city centre, will be announced later.

Lodging: We will try to organize sleeping in our homes, so bring your own sleeping bags!

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997, , http://contactimprov.blogas.lt/ki-seminaras-su-mirva-makinen-suomija-118.html
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16 NOV 2009
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20 Nov 2009
andres isasi 8 - 2ºd, bilbao, basque country 48012, Spain

Nov 16 – 20, 2009 FIM-Festival of Multidisziplinary Improvisation
Bilbao
, basque country, ("spain"),europe

the 4th year of this unique festival, where different disciplines meet, investigate and collaborate

the set-up: afternoons

16.00-20.00 4 different workshops :

dance – katie duck usa/nl http://magpiemusicdance.com/artists/duck/

accoustis music – alfredo genovesi uk/nl http://profile.myspace.com/alfredogenovesi1

electronic music – amir shoat israel/uk http://www.myspace.com/kavwomb
marc chia singapur/nl http://www.myspace.com/onemannation
johann merel peru/uk http://www.myspace.com/terocal
joe zeitlin uk http://www.myspace.com/joezeitlin (tbc)

video travis flint usa/bilbao

alfredo and his students were last year always from the beginning on playing with the dancers; the other 2 workshops usually came in at around 6.30, 7.. ; then a couple os sets with everybody working together

20.00 – 21.30 communal (vegan) dinner, share,chill and laughs

21.30 – 23.00 improv sets, with students and teachers participating

check out a video :
http://es.youtube.com/watch?v=T6wVSNIBmbk

there might be laboratories in the mornings..

organised by l´mono ( http://l-mono.org ), an independent urban arts/culture center run by a small collective. We have a beautiful dance studio, a music and a couple more studios, a exibition/concert hall, kitchen… situated in a centrical old industrial building, which due to urban planning is destinated to disappear in the not too faraway future…(we´ll see..)..;
anyway, it´s a festival with a very special caracter and atmosphere, where the ´teachers´ are as keen on investigating and playing as the other paticipants …and often all just mingles and twingles…, and a unique opportunity to investigate the possibilities of dance, music and video working together in an improvisational set-up.
and bilbao and its surroundings are also sure worth a visit: friendly and very special people, it´s famous transformation from industrial to ´cultural´city("guggenheim-effect"),beautiful beaches with cool waves 25 min away, mountains all around…sounds like a tourist guide..haha..but it´s true..
so also if it´s not for the fim, we invite all travelling artists dancers performers to pass by, maybe share work, maybe play together..

CONTACT: olaf kehler PHONE: 0034 94 444 88 33; 0034 628 55 83 80
EMAIL: l.mono.bilbao@gmail.com WEBSITE: l-mono.org,
myspace.com/fimbilbao

dance : 120 €
others : 80 €

CONTACT: olaf kehler, 00 34 944448833 , 0034 628 55 83 80, , http://L-mono.org
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22 Nov 2009
Earthdance, 252 Prospect St, Plainfield, MA 01070 USA

with Patrick Crowley

Come join us for a weekend of embodiment, skill building, and play though the practice of this magical form. We begin with fundamental principles of movement including: release of the muscles, weight sharing, supporting, following momentum, and aerial work. These become the building blocks for experiencing states of physical and artistic freedom.

Arrival: Thursday, 11/19, after 5 p.m.
Last session ends Sunday afternoon 11/22

CONTACT: 413-634-5678, , http://earthdance.net/programs/ciessentials09.htm
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Vilnius, Lithuania

We are happy to invite you to the 3-rd Contact Improvisation and Performance Minifestival in Vilnius, Lithuania!
From the beginning this festival had an idea: to gather, make a connection and communicate with contact dancers and teachers from neighbour countries, especially the ones we've never met or heard about. Last year it worked out perfectly (60 people from 7 different countries and 12 cities) and we are looking for a new meeting again this year!
We invite contact teachers from region countries to meet and share their interests and experience in contact improvisation and performance with festival participants. We invite you to participate! Come to meet, share and support, inspire and enjoy (contact, improvisation, performance, neighbours, new people, unknown, ideas).
We will have a nice week-end full of improvisation, contact dance, performance, jams, spontaneity and happiness.
We want you to meet us and we want to meet you!

Workshops with Damir Arslanov (Russia), Aleksandra Ścibor (Poland), Niklas Valenti (Sweden), Ilze Zirina (Latvia) and others.

Fee: Cost of the festival – 50 EUR (40 EUR by payment* before 9th of November, 30 EUR by payment* before 22nd of October).
*unrefundable deposit of 10 EUR

Venue: Space in Vilnius city centre, will be announced later.

Lodging: We will try to organize sleeping in the studio or in our homes, so bring your own sleeping bags!

Food: We will provide only water and some snacks. There will be longer breaks for "hunting" in the supermarket, making a picnic in the studio or going to eat in a cafe.

Please, help us to spread the word and support our small, but sincere steps into contact world!

We hope to dance with you soon!

Previous experience in contact improvisation or any dance is not necessary, you can start doing it here! If you have some and love doing that, come to share and enjoy with others!

You are also welcome to Pre-minifestival workshop with Mirva Makinen (Finland)! Participants of the Minifestival will get 10% discount.

CONTACT: Julija Melnik, +4915780269288, +370 613 57997, , http://contactfestival.blogas.lt
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27 Nov 2009
Berlin, Germany

DANIEL LEPKOFF: Improvisation Workshop, November 23-27, 2009, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany

Foundations of Improvisation
5 day intensive Improvisation Workshop with Daniel Lepkoff
WHEN: Monday – Friday, November, 23-27, 2009, 12 am – 6 pm
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany

FOUNDATIONS OF IMPROVISATION
Researching Movement, Mind & Flow of Information

This work examines the basic functioning of the body and how the mind and body work together to compose our movement. Whatever is happening, at any moment, is appreciated as an intelligent response to our present moment and as material that can be placed in a dance frame. The workshop provides tools for researching your own movement choices, and developing ones powers of observation.

Developmental movement patterns such as: walking, rolling, crawling, running, pushing, and pulling form a base vocabulary used to re-simulate and re-examine our body's deep understanding of how to move.

“The movement of our attention." is our primary tool for our research. Structured explorations offer ways to re-focus on particular details of our sensory experience, perceptions, and actions. We open to all aspects of our experience: gravity, touch, vision, sound, time, & the imagination.
In these ways we re-form our images and understandings of what is going on when we move. Our physical research is a base for spontaneous composition.

Material developed in the workshop will be presented to the public in an Informal showing at the end of the week, Friday, 27 at 8:30 pm, Our focus will be live performance as a venue and vehicle for sharing information We will use this opportunity to think about the nature of improvising in performance and to consider what is happening physically in the minds and bodies the performers and audience members in the theater.

WORKSHOP: http://www.schwelle7.de/Daniel%20Lepkoff.html
REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
PRICE: 200 EUR

SLEEPING:
We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.


LOCATION -——-

Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6 HH 1. OG
13357 Berlin/Germany
Phone: +49 (0) 173 – 6118404
http://www.schwelle7.de
Email: info (at) felixruckert.de

TRAFFIC LINK: UB Nauener Platz, Pankstr, Osloer Str, SB Gesundbrunnen


THOUGHTS ABOUT THE WORK & PERFORMANCE
by Daniel Lepkoff

„As a maker of dances, a designer of theater and an improvising performer,

I am not specifically interested in presenting “dance” movement on the stage.
What is happening
at any moment,
I see as possible material that can be placed in a dance frame.
Each of us exists in an on-going physical dialogue with our environment,
tuning to the details and nuance of our own and
each others’ movement behavior and to the conditions of our present moment.
We observe, we feel, and we act.
We create our own images and
construct our own understandings.
Ordinarily this activity is unconscious.
In the theater I want to stimulate audience and performer alike to consciously and actively create their own images,
and so my work is designed not to tell the audience what it is they are looking at.
Inside of a moment of disorientation, of not knowing, lies an opportunity for a person in the theater
to create their own story.
In these times, we are surrounded by media images designed by others
to manipulate our attention and to control what we know and do not know.
As an artist, the performance event offers me an opportunity to create,
Empty Space.“


CV

DANIEL LEPKOFF's work looks at "all" of our movement as a finely tuned physical dialogue with the environment and explores the form and composition of this interaction.

He played a central role in the development of Release Technique with Mary Fulkerson and Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton since the early 70’s. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s he traveled extensively; actively teaching, performing, and exposing this new work and new ideas to audiences worldwide.

As a performer and teacher he is known for his commitment to a way of composing dances that arises from the process of living movement, a vision of living in the body in a physical dialogue with the environment

He is one of the founders of Movement Research in NYC.

In the 80's Daniel was a member of the New York based improvisational performance ensemble “Channel Z” from 1982 to 1987. Channel-Z’s members included: Robin Feld, Paul Langland, Daniel Lepkoff, Diane Madden, Nina Martin, Stephen Petronio, & Randy Warshaw.

Over the years he has collaborated with many other artists and performers including: Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton; Paul Langland, Saira Blanche Theater in Moscow (Oleg Soulimenko and Andrej Andrianov), Lux Flux in Vienna (Inge Kandlsdorfer, Annette Pffeferkorn and Jack Hauser) and Japanese dancer, Sakura Shimada, among others.

His own work has been seen in NY at PS122, The Kitchen, Movement Research, DTW & Danspace. He has received grants for The Robison Foundation & The Suitcase Fund. In 2002 he was the artistic director and co-produced (together with Mira Kovarova) of "Physical Dialogues" a dance festival in Bratislava focusing on alternative systems for researching movement.

He has published numerous articles articulating concepts that are central to his own work, these writing appear in CQ, The MR Performance Journal and Contredanse Publications in Bruxelles.

CONTACT: http://www.schwelle7.de/Daniel%20Lepkoff.html
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