W-01 / Improvisation – The Athletics of Intimacy
In the frame of Winter Tanz 2017/18
A workshop in dance improvisations and somatic tunings
This 5 day workshop is a laboratory in dance improvisation as practice and performance. The mornings will combine applications of Body-Mind Centering ®, skills and practices of Contact Improvisation, and tunings of improvisational approaches in solo, duet and ensemble dancing. This practice will bring forth skills, tools and practical experience of improvising to become more tuned to center and subtleties of touch, direction and intention. We explore musicality and phrasing, the learning of specific rolls and lifts as well as how we craft time and space in spontaneous choreographies of solo, duet and ensembles. This practice will bring forth skills, tools and practical experience of improvising to become more tuned to center and subtleties of touch, direction and intention. We explore musicality and phrasing, the learning of specific rolls and lifts as well as how we craft time and space in spontaneous choreographies of solo, duet and ensembles. The afternoons will be a practice in seeing and being seen. We will make the invisible visible, learning more about the interior of the body and our ideas and find pathways to exterior space, time and place. We will play with structures for improvising where we can witness and participate. Skills will include release techniques and experiential anatomy to better understand the mechanics of the body, and patterns, body puzzles and forms that shape the body and space with odd timings and unusual perspectives, to create dances that are dynamic and alive in the moment. We will cultivate 3 dimensionality and depth, stretch our perceptual tools as well as cultivate presence and readiness. The use of the voice (sounding into vocalizing) and writing (documenting, describing, poeticizing) will be a part of this week as well. Related articles will be handed out to support and enhance our studies.
K.J. Holmes is a dance artist, actor, singer and educator based in Brooklyn, NYC. Exploring improvisation as process and performance since 1981, she has collaborated extensively with forerunners of dance improvisation Simone Forti, Karen Nelson, Lisa Nelson and Steve Paxton, as well as with poet Julie Carr, performer Keith Biesack, and trumpeters Roy Campbell Jr. and Dave Douglas, among many other outstanding artists. Her experience with BMC, Ideokinesis (with Andre Bernard), Contact/Improvisations and Release techniques have been instrumental in developing methods of inquiry into performance, the body and the mind. K.J. is a graduate of the School for Body-Mind Centering (1999) and the William Esper Studio (Meisner acting) (2009), of which the play between is essential to her current practices. Her work has been presented extensively in and beyond New York City. K.J. teaches at NYU/Experimental Theatre Wing, Eugene Lang/New School for Social Research and Movement Research in NYC, as well as traveling nationally and internationally conducting workshops and performing. As a performer she has most recently collaborated with Miguel Guitierrez and The Powerful People, film makers Matthew Barney and Cristiane Bouger, Xavier Le Roy and longtime mentors and collaborators Lisa Nelson and Steve Paxton. www.kjholmes.info