S-06 / Moving Bodies | Empty Spaces
Martin Piliponsky, Kirstie Simson
In the frame of Open Spaces/Sommer Tanz 2018
Exploring Freedom through Dance Improvisation
Kirstie and Martin’s creative dialogue encompasses the importance of expanded listening with perceptions of the body and the environment, through practicing focused states of presence, communication and bonding. Imagine a relationship to our bodies without the imposition of culturally conditioned expectations. Imagine what our relationship would be to dancing if we had no prior notion about what the moving body should look or feel like. Is it possible to reach beyond these and other ideas of limitation, to enter a field of free expression in the body? In this workshop Martin and Kirstie will take participants into this field through the celebration of movement practices that they have developed over the past thirty-five years of teaching dance improvisation. We will develop the sensitivity to care for, engage, respect and respond to our own and our partners bodies as we move through practices that are powerful and potentially transformative. The work will include facilitated exercises, open time for play and exploration, movement and vocal scores, listening, observations, meditation and discussion. Much of the work will be experienced through partnering and connection with others, balanced with solo moving and sounding. There will be time to process our individual experiences and to understand connections to a creative and liberating way of being together. Both Martin and Kirstie see their art forms as a life practice, and they will share insights gleaned from their collective experience of living dance improvisation.
Wheelchair accessible studio.
Martin Piliponsky (Argentina) is an architect and urban planner, a dancer and teacher of improvisa- tion. Throughout his growth, Hebrew folk dances and athletic sport training have shaped his character and spirit. For the past several years his passion for architecture is reflected in his guidance as a teacher and curator of spaces both traditional and non-traditional for the practice and performance of dance and improvisation. Blending his background in architecture and dance, Martin teaches about the possibilities of how the spaces in which we live can transform dance and life itself. Sustained by a practice in deep listening to oneself and the environment that contains us, he shares his practice through teaching and performance to students and audiences all over the world.
Kirstie Simson (UK) draws from her knowledge of contact improvisation, dance techniques, the Alexander technique, aikido, meditation and dedicated spiritual inquiry, and her extensive experience of improvisation in performance. She has worked tirelessly over the course of three decades to share with people the joy of exploring the bodys’ primal urge to move. She feels passionately that liberating our often unquestioned and fearful relationship with our physical intelligence will be an important aspect in the creation of new culture. She currently teaches dance improvisation at the University of Illinois, and facilitates workshops all over the world.