S06 / Watch Me Watch You
In the frame of Sommer Tanz 2016
The act of performance is an interactive web of looking, listening, feeling and perceiving each other. In this workshop we will work from the most basic building blocks of experience, unpacking sensation, perception, impulse, emotion, thought, memory, reflex and reaction in order to create more space between them in which to locate and direct the dances and actions we perform for each other. How do those attending to our performances perform their presence and attention? How do we invite their engagement as they enact their perception(s)? Choreographers Jess Curtis and Claire Cunningham will lead this 4-day workshop researching themes and ideas related to their new work "The Way You Look (at me) Tonight" investigating sensing, 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.
Not necessarily just for dancers, but also for people with a body-based performance practices. The material is accessible to folks with diverse physicalities and the Uferstudios venue is barrier free/wheelchair accessible.
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 is an award-winning choreographer, performer and scholar committed to an art-making practice informed by experimentation, innovation, critical discourse and social relevance at the intersections of fine art and popular culture. Curtis has created and performed multidisciplinary dance performance throughout the U.S., Europe with seminal group Contraband, the radical performance collective CORE and the experimental French Circus company Cahin-Caha, Cirque Batard. From 1991 to 1998 he co-directed the ground-breaking San Francisco performance venue 848 Community Space with Keith Hennessy and Michael Whitson. In 2000, Curtis founded his own trans-continental performance company, Jess Curtis/Gravity, based in Berlin and San Francisco. In 2011 he was presented the prestigious Alpert Award in the Arts for choreography and the Homer Avila Award for innovation in physically diverse performance. Curtis is active as a writer, advocate and community organizer in the fields of contemporary dance and performance and teaches Dance, Contact Improvisation and Interdisciplinary Performance for individuals of all abilities throughout the US and Europe. He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of the Arts in Berlin. He holds an MFA in Choreography and a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the University of California at Davis. www.jesscurtisgravity.org