W-02 / Choreographic Improvisation (fully booked)
In the frame of Winter Tanz 2018/19
For more than thirty years Rosalind Crisp has been taking the lead from her dancing body, evolving a field of choreographic principles and tools that enable a dance artist to produce movement from any part of her body, in any direction, at any speed or effort, at any time. Her tools guide the attention of the dancer to her dancing, to the continual flow of physical, spatial and sensory information for decision-making in the present moment. The body is approached by undoing it from held tension and unquestioned pathways. Breath, weight and sensation are prioritised. A range of practical tools is explored for sourcing movement from touch, texture, imagination and every part of the dancer's body - parts that are anatomically segmented or fictitiously separated and sensed. Attention is detached from presenting moves and is embedded in the continual emergence of material in a shared and porous relationship with the dancer's audience.
Rosalind Crisp is one of Australia's foremost dance artists. In 2016 France awarded her a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres (Dame of the Arts). Rosalind founded the Omeo Dance studio - home to experimental dance in Sydney (1996-2004). Invited to Paris in 2003, she became the first choreographic associate of Atelier de Paris-Carolyn Carlson (2004-2012). For over thirty years Rosalind has been developing a radical physical critique of dance, through dancing. The foundation of her practice is her consistent solo studio research and her long-term collaborations with, amongst others: Celine Debyser, Max Fossati, Andrew Morrish, Bo Wiget, and dance scholars Isabelle Ginot and Susan Leigh Foster. In 2014, in acknowledgment of her influence on many generations of Australian dancers, the University of Melbourne – VCA made her an Honorary Fellow. www.omeodance.com
Beyond analogy, Crisp’s movement is astonishing in its sheer otherness, ... the standard syntax of dance is erased. It’s magical... RealTime