18 / The Instrument : Embodying Musicality
In the frame of Winter Tanz 2015-16
This workshop is for experienced movers and dancers who wish to engage with dynamic states for instant composition and performance. Each session will be a continual process, following on from a warming-up in which we will tune and awaken our senses. Starting with the body, we will practice handling physicality and directing it from centre to space. Investigating deeper, we will work towards specifying how we carry our physicality in our dancing; how we elaborate feelings, desire and thought – with the materials of dance making. One main attention will be working with momentum and pace; engaging with listening and allowing our life rhythm to be integrated in our dancing. Following these elements and the passions they evoke, we will look into how we interpret tempo / velocity, how we work in complement with sound and resonance and how we become appreciative of the immediate and joyful connection of music and dance.
Maya Matilda Carroll is an independent choreographer, dancer and teacher, based in Berlin since 2004. In the past twelve years Maya has made works from solo to extended group pieces, collaborated with other dance, music and visual artists from all over the world. She created with performers from diverse backgrounds (classical / contemporary dancers, poets, musicians, actors, opera singers and amateurs), and has been commissioned to create pieces for state companies, independent companies and dance academies. In 2011 Maya formed The Instrument with her partner, composer/ musician Roy Carroll. Since 2015 she has been increasingly developing group pieces, reflecting on old / new communities, social roots, pluralities and singularities.
Dance background: During 2000-2003 Maya danced in Batsheva Ensemble company, directed by Ohad Naharin. She worked with choreographers Lara Barsacq, Anat Danieli, Sharon Eyal and Arkadi Zaides to name a few. In 2005 Maya joined Research Project with Sasha Waltz & Guests in Berlin. Since 2013 she collaborates with choreographer and director Julyen Hamilton. She joined his company Allen's Line in their last two pieces Goat Ocean and Mud Like Gold. theinstrument.org