Moving the environment:questions into form
by Daniel Lepkoff
This approach to dancing looks at the form and composition of our ongoing interactions with our environment as “danced composition”. The work is open to anyone interested in movement as a language for communication and can be applied directly to performance.
The basic work offers practical tools for researching our functional movement and reflexes. Specific exercises look at the details inside of ordinary movement: walking, standing, crawling, reaching, lying in stillness, how we use our eyes to see, rolling side to side, running, pushing, eating, drinking and more.
Exercises are drawn from Daniel’s ongoing movement research and practice, a long history with Contact Improvisation, a base in Anatomical Releasing Technique, as well as long term collaborations with artists: Steve Paxton, Lisa Nelson, Simone Forti, Channel Z, Paul Langland, Oleg Soulimenko, and others.
Simple improvised scores and structures provide a format for manifesting our movement desires and images in the frame of time and space. We are playing in perceptual space. Each of us are both observer and actor. The studio space is shared multilayered frame, perceived differently by each participant. A container of images.
Beginning in the early ’70’s Daniel Lepkoff played a central role in the development of Release Technique with John Rolland and Mary Fulkerson, and Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton. Through ongoing experimentation with new forms of performance, workshopping specific questions about movement, intense periods of personal movement research, and an ongoing stream of collaborations with improvising artists, Daniel has slowly expanded and deepened his understanding of functional movement and the presence of the imagination in the body.
As a performer he is known for composing dances that arises from the process of living movement and as a teacher for his continual invention of original techniques, making direct contact with information and pursuing questions together with students. He is one of the founders of Movement Research in NYC. He works internationally and lives on a piece of land in Vermont.
20.00: solo improvisation by Daniel Lepkoff
450 Euro for 2 weeks
PS. This workshop is also a nice combination with the last week of March in where TICTAC art centre hosts a week for Contredanse on Steve Paxton’s work.
More information on Daniel Lepkoff: www.daniellepkoff.com
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