Special Events — conferences, festivals, regional jams and workshops

Events are listed in chronological order. For historical interest, see also the list of past events.

6 MAR 2011
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10 Apr 2011
Contact Improv for Actors-Spring Workshop with Michael Doonan
929 East 2nd St #105, Los Angeles, CA 90012 USA

Contact Improv for Actors explores the fundamentals of physical preparation through stretch, strength, and alignment; and the relationship of the actor to the physical environment, to the group, and to a specific ‘other’. The result is an instinctual, unpredictable, and undeniable presence.
Strong physical actors will be in a relaxed state of readiness, kinetically aware of the space they are in, the people they are around, and the imperceptible influences of motion and rhythm that surrounds them. Physical actors use all their senses, intuition, and intellect, to inform their physical being and actions on the stage without self- consciousness or judgement.

Michael Doonan holds an M.F.A. in Acting from UC Irvine, where he now teaches Contact Improvisation with Annie Loui, a heralding force in this work. Michael has studied with international theatre artists at the Grotowski Institute in Poland and also with the Moscow Art Theatre and Harvard/ A.R.T. in Cambridge, MA.

Time: Sundays 2-5 pm. Begins 3/6/11. Ends 4/10/11.
Place: Loft Ensemble/ 929 East 2nd St #105/ 90012
Price: $200 total. Payment plans available.
Contact: m.doonan@gmail.com

CONTACT: Michael Doonan,
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4 APR 2011
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8 Apr 2011
WORKSHOP: Javier Murugarren: Unexpected dresses for undefined ceremonies, April 4-8, 2011, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany
Berlin, Germany

+ Unexpected dresses for undefined ceremonies +
LABORATORY COSTUME PERFORMANCE – development of SOLO work

Monday, April 4th – Friday, April 8th, 2011
Duration: 5 days / 5 hours a day
Venue: Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany (adress below)

Updates: http://www.schwelle7.de/JavierMurugarren.html

REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
PRICE: 150 EUR


+ Unexpected dresses for undefined ceremonies +
LABORATORY COSTUME PERFORMANCE – development of SOLO work

The primal idea of this laboratory is to address costume design technique and directly integrate it into development of performance parameters such as physicality, performativity and presence in the form of solo actions.

The laboratory will be divided in two parts:

1 Costume design research
A quick overview in the use an posibilities of sewing machines as well as simple design tips will be given at the begining of the workshop in order to give the participants a minimum autonomy to proceed by themselves.
We will also investigate the potential of colors, tissues and forms and the hidden fascinating psychology these elements have.

2 Performance implementation
During the second part of the day we will investigate the relation between the item in creation process and the performer in research. Here we will try to achieve two parallel dynamics where the development of the costume will affect the perception of the performer.
At this point, the introduction of movement proposals, actions, discussions, readings, and individual coached investigations will give us the possibility of deepen into the imagery, form or antiform of our trip; always with the goal of achieving a plastic coherence. At the end of the laboratory we will review the material created by each participant in the form of a informal series of solo presentations.

+ javier murugarren +
choreographer, performer and costume designer. Born in Basque country and currently living in Amsterdam. His work it is developed through the interference of different disciplines like physical theater, puppetry, cabaret and costume design, He has collaborated with several companies while continuously developing his own work.

LINKS
http://www.murugalas.com
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fy_VMtFdEVI


Notes for participants:
- participants are welcome from diverse backgrounds: dancers, performers, visual artists, and anyone with an interest in costumes, in the body and a desire to perform it at its capacity
- the workshop will be conducted in English
-> IF POSSIBLE, BRING YOUR OWN SEWING MACHINE


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

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Schwelle 7
Uferstraße 6, backyard, left site, 2. floor
13357 Berlin – Wedding (near Uferstudios)
http://www.schwelle7.de
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=286059761953

Schwelle 7 – Cie. Felix Ruckert Berlin e.V.
Artistic & Managing Director: Felix Ruckert
info@felixruckert.de

Traffic Link: U8 Pankstraße, U9 Osloer Straße, U9 Nauener Platz, SB Gesundbrunnen, SB Humboldthain, Bus M27 Brunnenplatz
http://maps.google.de/maps?daddr=13357+Berlin,+Uferstr+6

CONTACT:
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11 APR 2011
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15 Apr 2011
WORKSHOP: DAVID ZAMBRANO, Improvisation on stage, April 11-15, 2011, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany
Berlin, Germany

DAVID ZAMBRANO: Improvisation on stage
Monday, April 11th – Friday, April 15th, 2011
daily 12 am – 6 pm
Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany

IMPROVISATION ON STAGE

Learning to use one’s life experience, being able to consciously and continuously shape one’s energy integrating the body and mind, time and space through the practice of dance improvisation, students learn to create instant pieces of dance onstage in front of an audience.

The workshop begins with students improvising solos, duets, and small groups utilizing the class as an audience. Zambrano pushes the students to realize that there is always something more inside and that performing is spontaneous. The students are urged to break down old habits to search for new possibilities. Change is vital to this training as the student is asked to constantly change their vocabulary into something new. How do you use your power? How do you redefine what you know, turn it on and off to explore something new? The student become more flexible as they learn to communicate within their bodies, the bodies of fellow performers, and the environment in which they are working. Zambrano asks his students to accept everything one can imagine, especially the impossible, and to learn to call upon them when creating an improvisation.

PARTICIPANT’S PERFORMANCE

David Zambrano and the students of the workshop will perform at Schwelle 7 Friday, April 15 th at 8:30 pm

DAVIS ZAMBRANO

„My workshops are very physical. Whoever wants to take it, she/he must know that we are moving our thoughts all day.“ (D.Z.)

David Zambrano has been making dance for over 20 years. In his pursuits as both a creator and educator, Zambrano has visited 40 countries, worked with more than 25,000 students, and has performed at hundreds of venues across the world. His pieces range from set choreography, structured improvisation, and pure improvisation. Born in Venezuela, Zambrano spent 15 years in New York, and now lives in Amsterdam continuing to perform and teach worldwide. His improvisation is committed to art as a cultural exchange developing the creative process in a world without borders. Zambrano sees improvisation as an art and choreography as a vehicle to further develop his work in improvisation.

Zambrano’s pursuits as an improviser, choreographer, and performer have been presented all over the world. The most notable examples of his original projects of both solo and group work include: Twelve Flies Went Out at Noon (2005), Barcelona in 48 Hours (2004), The Rabbit Project/Proyecto Conejo (2003), Mandraking (2002), David Zambrano InvitesÖ(2000), Acme (1999), Ballroom (1996), Proyecto: Z (1994), Red Blink (1994), Agua Fuerte (1993), Cancion de Diente (1993), Sabana (1990), Fetiche (1987), and Para Carmen (1984). He also founded the Festival de Danza Postmoderna in Venezuela in 1989 and was its director until 1993.

Zambrano’s methods in improvisation are influenced by the training he teaches around the globe. The most notable method is his Flying Low technique which examines the dancer’s relationship to the floor, earth, and ground. These techniques are very sought after by festivals, dance companies and schools including: Movement Research (New York), American Dance Festival (USA and Japan), PARTS (Belgium), La Caldera (Spain), Impulstanz Festival (Austria), Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez (Belgium), Sasha Waltz and Guests (Germany), New York Dance Intensive (USA), AREA (Spain), The School for New Dance, Development (Holland), Dansens Hus (Denmark), Rosas (Belgium), La Anonima Imperial (Spain), Danza Abierta (Cuba), Danza Combinatoria (Cuba), Retazos (Cuba), Espacio Alterno (Venezuela), Neodanza (Venezuela), Taller de Danza Contemporanea de Caracas (Venezuela).

His performance work has been presented at or by: Movement Research Presenting Series (USA), Dance Theater Workshop (USA), The Kitchen (USA), Festival Aix-en-Provence (France), Tanzwerkstatt Berlin (Germany), Tamperen International Theater Festival (Finland), Improvisation Festival/New York (USA), Primer Taller Internacional de Danza (Cuba), Periferics (Spain), P.S. 122 (USA), CODA (Norway), Impulstanz Festival (Austria), Konfrontance (Czech Republic), Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church (USA), the Whitney Museum (USA), Theater Frascati (Netherlands), and many others.

Past collaborators include: Jennifer Monson, Sasha Waltz, Mark Tompkins, Mat Voorter, Simone Forti, Pooh Kaye, Simone Sandroni, Bill T. Jones, Donald Fleming, Jill Becker, Yoshiko Chuma, Ismael Houston-Jones, Jordi Cortez, Hisako Horikawa, Frans Poelstra, Palle Dyrval, Katie Duck, Michael Moore, Sam Bennett, Robin Holcomb, Yuval Gabay, Guy Yarden, Otto Lechner, Max Nagl, Miguel Noya, Johannes Bauer, Dietmar Diesner, Joelle Leandro, Michael Vatcher, Nuno Rebelo, Misha Mengelberg, Ab Bears, Wilbert De Joode, Tristan Honsinger, Thomas Hauert, Mat Voorter.

He has been the recipient of many grants, awards and fellowships as well as having served on various panels and juries. They include the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Suitcase Fund administered by Dance Theater Workshop with funds by the Rockefeller Foundation, the New York State Council for the Arts, The Jerome Foundation, and the Mertz Gilmore Foundation. Zambrano has been a panelist for the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Certamen Coreografico de Madrid, and the PARTS school for Contemporary Dance in Brussels. As a recognized artist of merit, he was granted special residency status by the Dutch government.

http://www.davidzambrano.org

UDDATES: http://www.schwelle7.de/DavidZambrano.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, backyard, left site, 2. floor
13357 Berlin – Wedding (Nähe Uferstudios)
http://www.schwelle7.de
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=286059761953

Schwelle 7 – Cie. Felix Ruckert Berlin e.V.
Artistic & Managing Director: Felix Ruckert
info@felixruckert.de

Trafic Link: U8 Pankstraße, U9 Osloer Straße, U9 Nauener Platz, SB Gesundbrunnen, SB Humboldthain, Bus M27 Brunnenplatz
http://maps.google.de/maps?daddr=13357+Berlin,+Uferstr+6

CONTACT:
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14 APR 2011
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17 Apr 2011
nuñez de arce 11, madrid, 28012, Spain

April 14 to 17 2011

Teachers: Joerg Hassman, Stephanie Maher, Johan Nilsson
workshops, jams, scores, labs, performances.
guitar, cello and piano music alive.


CONTACT: irene schachter, 0034 91 532 27 01, info@estudio3.org, http://www.estudio3.org

CONTACT: irene schachter, 00 34 91 532 27 01, , http://www.estudio3.org
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17 APR 2011
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23 Apr 2011
Dartington Estate, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6EL, United Kingdom

Hosted at Dartington Estate, where contact improvisation first landed in the UK, the festival will take place in beautiful dance studios with underfloor heating and views onto the Devon countryside.

Teachers: Cathy Crick, Charlie Morrissey, Riccardo Meneghini

For more information and to book, contact Richard Sarco-Thomas by emailing: contactfestivaldartington@gmail.com

Price: £220 (£180 student rate) or £250 (£200) after 1st February. Includes all meals all festival events and camping. There is also a day rate of £45.

CONTACT: Richard Sarco-Thomas, , http://www.contactfestivaldartington.co.uk
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