ARTiculating Presence: The Tactile Mind(Body)
5 day intensive workshop with NITA LITTLE
Monday, June 20th to Friday 24th, 2011
Workshop daily from12 am – 6 pm
Improvisational Performance: June 24th, 8:30 pm
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany (adress below)
ARTiculating Presence: The Tactile Mind(Body)
Creative acts of the embodied mind are the means by which dancers non-verbally interrogate borders, enter other bodies, and define the dimensions of internal and external space. Through mindful acts, identities appear then vanish, self-knowing becomes a playground and environments merge with inner space. Working with the mind of the dance and the dance of the mind, this highly physical workshop will take us to the edge of our boundary definitions as it encourages bold acts of physical and mental extension. Building movement potentialities that encompass the tactile physicality of mind, this workshop trains creative action in ensemble dance improvisation and Contact Improvisation. Geared toward interpersonal actions within an ecological and enactive understanding of selfhood, it will ask that dancers become highly tuned to re-cognizing context and its making. Here, we will learn to act with the kind of creative support that clarifies our purpose and our presence, bringing the world and the dance to life. We will reach to find the materials of non-verbal communication as we explore the agency of presence, the speed of awareness, unconscious cognition, and the conditions of environmental imagination. This workshop bridges full physicality and enhanced technical skill building with changing states of awareness. We will move within a spectral array of movement possibilities as we balance the softening of physical release with the clarity of directed action. The purpose of this workshop is to inform your dance research by challenging binary ideologies as we expose the mindbody to new potentialities.
Structured to train technical as well as creative skills, this workshop will build toward an improvisational performance. Each day will be spent in theoretical discussion and physical/mental training as well as composition and practice. In this work we will investigate the resonant webs of awareness derived from movement scores that direct and modulate attention as the bases for compositional structures.
This workshop will culminate in a performance. We will be developing works constructed by students, duets based on the Geometry of Attention, and a score for the ensemble, Restless Peace.
Nita Little engages in an investigation of the dynamic aspects of embodied states through the performance, pedagogy, and creative research of dance improvisaton. She participated with Steve Paxton, Nancy Stark Smith and others, in the explorations that became Contact Improvisation in 1972 and has been significant in its emergence and development. Her work on the embodied mind and the “meaning” of attention dates back to the early 80s when she initiated a curriculum, The Mind in Motion. This work explores the range of experiential states of the embodied mind and reveals principles that define Contact Improvisation as well as ensemble dancing. She collaborated in numerous performing companies introducing Contact Improvisation throughout the United States and then initiated a number of performance groups. Her performance practice is a mix of both formal and improvisational choreography that utilizes scores.
Nita has received funding and support through the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, and the NEA/Dance USA National College Choreography Initiative.
Over the years Nita has been both faculty and guest artist at numerous colleges and universities including New York University, California Institute for the Arts, Texas Christian University, Temple University, Tufts University, Scripps College and UC Santa Barbara.
Nita teaches and performs regularly at national and international dance festivals, previously: São Paulo Meeting, The Rio Festival, Rio de Janeiro, ImPulsTanz, Vienna, The Side Step Festival, Helsinki, Kontakt Budapest International Improvisation Festival, ContactFestival Freiburg, Germany, the Zip Festival, Italy, the Seattle Festival of Alternative Dance and Improvisation and the West Coast Contact Improvisation Festival, Berkeley California. Nita is a PhD candidate and is writing her dissertation toward her doctorate in Performance Studies at The University of California, Davis.
FEE: 150 Euro
REGISTER: per email to email@example.com
We can host up workshop participants basic opportunities to stay overnight. The cost is 10 EUR a night per person. More options: http://www.schwelle7.de/GAESTE.html
Uferstraße 6, backyard, left site, 2. floor
13357 Berlin – Wedding (Nähe Uferstudios)
Schwelle 7 – Cie. Felix Ruckert Berlin e.V.
Artistic & Managing Director: Felix Ruckert
Trafic Link: U8 Pankstraße, U9 Osloer Straße, U9 Nauener Platz, SB Gesundbrunnen, SB Humboldthain, Bus M27 Brunnenplatz