Kreuzberg 3
Möckernstr. 68
10965 Berlin
Foto: Dan Merlot

S 15 / Screen-Dance Performance Intensive

Workshop with Kirstie Simson, Katrina McPherson
In the frame of Sommer Tanz 2015 / Open Spaces#2-2015

The Screen-Dance Performance Intensive includes the workshops 'Move, Touch & Be Moved' and 'Capturing moving Images' plus the 'Screen-Dance Performance Lab'.

10:30 - 12:30   Move, Touch & Be Moved
Kirstie draws her from her knowledge of contact improvisation, dance techniques, the Alexander technique, Aikido, meditation and her extensive experience of improvisation in performance. Her work explores the huge potential of the body’s response to the primal urge to move, inspired by the energy released through human interaction, physical challenge and a daring to go beyond inherent ideas of limitation. What moves us and why? There is deep inspiration and rigor in a practice of improvisation that posits vulnerability at its heart. Developing the skills to be able to care for, engage, respect and respond to that state of vulnerability in oneself and others gives life to improvisation that is powerful and transformative. This is the work that Kirstie engenders through facilitated exercises, open time for play and exploration, movement scores, observations and discussion. Much of the work is experienced through partnering and connection with others, balanced with solo time for processing and reflection. Kirstie’s art form is her life practice, and she shares insights gleaned from thirty-two years experience of loving and living dance improvisation.

13:00 - 15:00   Capturing Moving Images
A workshop for those interested in exploring the creative interface between improvised dance & video dance practice lead by internationally renowned screendance artist Katrina McPherson. It will look at ways in which improvisation can be used to generate video dance material – work that will be experienced on-screen. Taking movement as the starting point, we will explore how camera techniques can capture the spontaneity, energy, presence and connection to the audience of improvised dance performance. We will look at examples of editing as a next step in the process and in-camera editing techniques will be practiced. Katrina’s aim as facilitator is to seek a perfect balance between teaching, experimentation, enquiry and support.   We will try to avoid working through the technical basics, allowing us to move immediately into the creative, aesthetic and philosophical areas of the discipline.

17:00-20:00   Screen-Dance Performance Lab
The Screen–Dance Lab sessions are an opportunity for people to engage with Katrina and Kirstie who will share insights gleaned from their collaboration in creating the performance documentary film Force of Nature and on-going work. Both Katrina and Kirstie engage with their respective art forms as life practices. This is the context from which their teaching interests and styles have emerged and merge. The Lab will explore this perspective/context through: facilitated exercises; research of proposed themes; open time for play and experimentation; pushing boundaries while searching for new possibilities; and the opportunity for students to create and share their own work.Katrina and Kirstie are specifically interested in exploring the inter-changing role of dancer and camera, the observer and the observed, while filming and dancing.
Screen-Dance Performance Lab can also be booked in combination with only one of the other workshops:
Move, Touch, Be Moved + Screen-Dance Performance Lab: 240/200 €
Capturing Moving Images + Screen-Dance Performance Lab: 240/200 €

Kirstie Simson

Kirstie Simson is renowned as an excellent teacher, a captivating performer and a leading light in the field of Dance Improvisation. For the past thirteen years she has been a tenured professor in the Department of Dance at the University of Illinois. In August 2020 Kirstie returned to her home base in Wales with plans to continue sharing her work though with curtailed international travel. She is excited to be starting an involvement with the Black Mountains College, a local college where a curriculum of planet-centric education will be launched in 2021 for building a better future. www.kirstiesimson.com

Katrina McPherson

Katrina McPherson (UK) is one of the world’s leading screendance artists and the author of ‘Making Video Dance’ (Routledge 2006). She works almost exclusively with improvised dance in making work for the screen. Katrina’s most recent films include the multi-award-winning ‘There is a Place’, with Chinese-Tibetan dancer Sang Jijia, ‘There is a Place’ with Rosalind Masson, Dai Jain and Simon Ellis, and ‘Force of Nature’, a full-length performance documentary featuring improvising dance artist Kirstie Simson.
Level: with movement experience
Language: English
2 1/2 h break