9 / Waves and Grooves
Janos Crecelius, Francesca Pedullà
In the frame of Winter Tanz 2015-16
Undulation: A regular rising and falling, or movement to alternating sides; movement in waves. A wavelike form, outline, or appearance. One of a series of waves or wavelike segments.
The wave form, or undulation, is possibly the oldest signature of all biological life. Everything in this universe seems to move in gradually shifting cycles, suggesting that all life has formed from this process of altering alternation. The human spine is an excellent example: a composite of waves, a study in intervals and scales. We could think of dancing as awareness of and playing with waves. Music can also be understood as an auditory map of pulsation, the conscious composition of frequency, a way of allowing us to perceive an accented phase of the wave. Change the accent, and the quality of time changes, inspiring a different physical and expressive response. Working from a strong technical basis rooted in West African dance and music, this workshop invites movers to explore the dialogue between inner and outer realities, and investigate ways of responding and organizing the individual and the collective body. We will propose games that illustrate aspects of music theory, engage in somatic and rhythmical explorations and guided improvisation. And we will dance together.
Janos Crecelius is a percussionist, composer and performer. He combines a deep knowledge of West African music and its connections to the dance with an extraordinary musical presence and sensitivity. His talent and his passion are reflected in numerous projects: dance performances, plays, various music formations. As a renowned dance accompanist, he has worked for Koffi Koko, Elsa Wolliaston, Tchekpo Dan Agbetou, Seydou Boro, Germaine Acogny and many others. He gives percussion lessons for children and adults in his hometown Berlin as well as in various cities in Europe.
Francesca Pedullà is an independent artist-curator and Axis Syllabus teacher. She graduated in History of Theatre and Performing Arts. She holds a diploma as a professor of African Dance Expression - Centre Artistique 6-éme Parallel - FEIDA Bordeaux, directed by Koffi Koko. Since 1998 she has spent several months out of the year living in Benin, who's rich culture has been a profound artistic inspiration. Since 2005, she develops artistic works and cultural cooperation projects as choreographer and artistic director in both Europe and Benin. Her latest works were presented at the Institute Français de Cotonou (Benin), FITHEB (Benin), Teatro della Tosse (Genoa), Teatro dell' Archivolto (Genoa), TroisC L (Luxembourg), Festival Biennale Passage 012 (Bielefeld), Tanzfabrik Berlin, Haus der Berliner Festspiele (Berlin) a.o. Currently based in Berlin, she choreographs, performs and teaches throughout Europe, the USA, Canada, Israel, Brazil and Benin. www.francescapedulla.org