The aim of this class is to discover unconscious movement which results naturally from conscious movement. By becoming aware of unconscious movement one can more clearly channel the energy required to accomplish a given task, leading to movement efficiency. When faced with a technical challenge oftentimes far too much energy is expended in trying to overcome the challenge. By pinpointing the areas where effort is required (conscious movement) and examining what results naturally from this effort (unconscious movement) energy can be focused and conserved. Through a series of practical combinations and exercises, such paradoxical questions as "how to go down to come up" or "how to move forward by dropping motion” will be addressed. Very often a movement need not always be created but rather simply "discovered”.
Mu-Yi Kuo comes from Taipei, Taiwan. She trained in contemporary, classical and Chinese dance in Taiwan and Germany. Since 1995 she has been working as a dancer, choreographer and teacher. As a dancer, she worked with choreographers including Stephanie Thiersch, Anna Konjetzky, Rodolpho Leoni, Canan Erek, Philipp van der Heijden, Pina Bausch, Yaron Shamir, Henrietta Horn, Michele Anne de Mey and Thierry de Mey. As a creator, her debut creation “Cycle C” (2011) was nominated by the Aerowaves European Network as the most outstanding interdisciplinary production of Germany. In 2012, she choreographed the solo theater work “Dance Play” for playwright Ana Mendes, winning the Prize of the Jury Sophiensaele at the 100° Berlin Festival. In 2013 she created an intermedia concert performance “Prisma” together with musicians Ensemble Ruhr during a residency at Pact Zollverein. She has taught in companies and institutions such as Pact Zollverein, Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, ZAIK Köln, Mouvoir Dance Company, Akram Khan Company, Cie Toula, Folkwang Tanzstudio, Ben J. Ripe Company and Polymer DMT. Since 2014, Mu-Yi Kuo has been on faculty of the Folkwang University of the Arts where she teaches dance, movement composition, improvisation and coaches student creations.