S-08 / Alexander Technique in Dance Practice
Georgia Paizi, Thodoris Ziarkas
In the frame of Open Spaces/Sommer Tanz 2019
Inspired by the poetic literalism of the human body, plant physiology, and planet orbits, the SEEd collaboration project (Georgia Paizi and Thodoris Ziarkas) draws from the Alexander Technique, somatic education and an experiential anatomy toolkit. Working with live music, group improvisations talked-through in real time, hands-on work in duets, and instant composition, this SEEd workshop themes include falling up, a dance past, a bony landscape, gesturing from the fascia (connection, proprioception), breath, habit, and motivation, as well as tropism (plants quality of growing in a turning quality), SEEd's basic idea and inspiration.
Georgia Paizi (UK/GR) is a dancer and movement & experiential anatomy teacher. She studied dance at Trinity Laban with the Independent Dance (MA Creative Practice - Dance Professional, Gill Clarke Bursary, TLD Award) in London, where she also studied anatomy & physiology (CCST) and was trained as an Alexander Technique teacher (LCATT). She holds a BA in theatre, and an MA in spatial theory from Greece. Georgia teaches regularly in Athens, London and Berlin.
Thodoris Ziarkas (UK/GR) is an improviser, double bassist and composer. After growing up with the sounds of the Cretan lyra he evolved through experimentation to discover the double bass. Currently based in London he is the co-founder of the group Valia Calda, as well as appearing regularly solo, with the London Improvisers Orchestra, Bonnendis, ΑΜΑΝ, and the trio with Tasos Stamou & Stephanos Chytiris. In addition he is a qualified teacher of the Alexander Technique (L.C.A.T.T, London).