8 / Real Time Composition

Mark Tompkins

In the frame of Oster Tanz 2015

When improvising, each performer is working simultaneously on many different levels of perception; listening, watching, sensing, acting, reacting to one's self and one's partners in a given space and time. The art of improvisation resides in each performers abilities to remain open to the wealth of internal and external impulses, and to receive, process, and propose material in an uninterrupted flow of feedback. How to avoid overload, how to be actively attentive, how to do "nothing" and still act. These are some of the questions we will confront through a series of improvisational structures and games that deal with inner and outer concentration, simultaneous time, changing states, and the relationship of the watcher and the doer, both as performer and as spectator.

Mark Tompkins, American performer and choreographer living in Paris since 1973, he founds the Company I.D.A. in 1983. Over the years, his unique way of fabricating unidentified performance objects has become his signature: solos, group pieces, concerts and site-specific performances that mix dance, music, voice, video and text. His passion for real time composition leads him to collaborate with many dancers and musicians. Renowned for his teaching, he travels around the world. His recent performances are inspired by popular forms like music hall, cabaret, vaudeville, burlesque and musical comedy: BLACK’N’BLUES, OPENING NIGHT, SHOWTIME, STARDUST with Jeremy Wade, A POWER BALLAD with Mariana Tengner Barros, NEVER MIND THE FUTURE with Sarah Murcia, A WIND OF MADNESS with the Mladinsko Theatre in Ljubljana, Slovenia and LE PRINTEMPS. In 2008, he receives the SACD prize for Choreography for all his work.

Möckernstr. 68, 10965 Berlin Level: with movement experience
Language: English
Prices 180 € ( 150 € * )
* Early Bird Price: Applies on arrival of the full workshop fee on our account by 19.03.2015