No Category Practice
by Renan Martins
The No Category Practice is a mix of various movement practices. Rather than exploring their individual potential, we place the emphasis on how they interrelate. We consider their complementary and conflicting natures and how they might broaden our spectrum of possibilities as movers, performers, dancers, and people. Our starting proposition is that such practices are the basic tools by which we know ourselves and make sense of the world around us. We then confront the categories by bringing them to the forefront of our consciousness. In so doing, we can observe that their creation is linked to identity formation and, as such, they limit our possibilities for connection (to both ourselves and others). We open our minds to the power of images, analogies, comparisons, and symbols. The dance unfolds through the creation of metaphors that serve as mechanisms for escaping the rigidities of categorization.
RENAN MARTINS (BR/PT)
Renan Martins started his education in Rio de Janeiro at Deborah Colker Movement Center at the age of 16, and one year later won a full scholarship to study at SEAD in Salzburg, Austria. In 2010 he joined P.A.R.T.S. (Performing ArtsResearch and Training Studios) to be part of the research Cycle where he focused more intensively on choreography and started developing his own work. In 2016 he joined the Aerowaves network with his first group piece Let Me Die In My Footsteps as one of the top 20 works of the year. He has performed his pieces in different venues in Brazil, Austria, Slovenia, Germany, Holland, Portugal, Russia, Belgium, Croatia, France, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Switzerland. He has taught in some of the main dance centers, schools and festivals around Europe and abroad such as Royal Conservatory Antwerp, PARTS Summer School, CODARTS, DOCH Stockholm, Impulstanz, b12 Festival and Studio Alta Prague, amongst others. Along with his choreographic practice he has also been a dancer for Iztok Kovac, MarysiaStoklosa, Pierre Droulers, Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker, Ceren Oran, Alexandra Waierstall, and Daniel Linehan. And since 2013 he is a member of Damaged Goods/Meg Stuart performing in Violet, ATELIER III, and Projecting Space. In 2021 he will premiere his new group piece VIADUTO in the frame of DDD Festival, produced by Sekoia Artes Performativas and with the coproduction of Rivoli Teatro Municipal do Porto.
Mondays till Fridays
Times of this workshop:
10:00 – 12:00 and 13:30 – 17:30
Price of the workshop:
Registration fee of 80 euro required (as part of the 300)
David Zambrano is also teaching in the evening of the same week. Book both workshops and pay 360€ instead of €400.
Performance by Renan Martins! On Saturday, January the 9th at 20:00
SATURNO, A FESTA! (made with Dj Dovecake, from Berlin), duration 60min.
Donation minimum of 5€ (Crude Saturdays included)
Crude Saturdays will happen at 18:00, then a short break will be held before Renan’s performance.