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, 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