S 11 / Making Sense of Each Other
In the frame of Sommer Tanz 2015 / Open Spaces#2-2015
Choreographers Jess Curtis and Claire Cunningham will lead a 4 day workshop researching themes and ideas related to their new work investigating movement, our perceptions of each other and of our environment. Taking inspiration from the work of their collaborator Dr Alva Noë, whose philosophy suggests that perception is an activity happening in our whole bodies and not just our brains – we will investigate, through movement, language, writing, watching, listening and feeling, how difference – of physicality or lived experience- and diversity can both inform and shape our perception.
Claire Cunningham, Glasgow/UK. is a performer and creator of multi-disciplinary performance based in Glasgow. One of the UK’s most acclaimed and internationally renowned disabled artists, Cunningham's work is often rooted in the study and use/misuse of her crutches and the exploration of the potential of her own specific physicality with a conscious rejection of traditional dance techniques (developed for non-disabled bodies) or the attempt to move with the pretense of a body or aesthetic other than her own. www.clairecunningham.co.uk
Jess Curtis, San Francisco/Berlin. has created a body of work ranging from the underground extremes of SF’s Mission District Warehouses with Contraband and CORE (1985-1998) to the formal refinement and exuberance of European State Theaters and Circus Tents with Compagnie Cahin-Caha (1992-2002) and Jess Curtis/Gravity (2000-present). Along with numerous fellowships and funding awards, his work has been recognized with the prestigious 2011 Alpert Award in the Arts for choreography, and the 2011 Homer Avila Award for Physically Diverse Dance. He recently completed a Ph.D. in Performance Studies at the University of California at Davis. www.jesscurtisgravity.org