Functionality and Perspective & Your Own God, Laboratory of creation
by Judith Sánchez Ruíz / JSR Company
3 weeks laboratory with Judith Sánchez Ruíz: a technical, research and creation process
This laboratory will focus both on a body training experience and on a creation process that will end with two performances in the last evenings of the laboratory. Overall, participants will acquire tools developed by Judith Sanchez Ruiz to approach movement, improvisation, creation, choreography, and content production.
Morning Training – Functionality & Perspective in Dance:
These morning open classes are based on the 10 years investigation of Judith Sánchez Ruíz on the release technique. Participants will focus on the importance of being grounded, creating an understanding of the shifting of weight, clarity of movement, attention to detail, precision, and dynamics in a multidirectional approach. This practice will lead to very specific qualities of functional and organic movement while working with the imagination and the improvisation in
Functionality & Perspective give to the dancers many ways to understand movement’s initiation in the body that allow them to understand the functionality from a creative approach. These sessions will encourage the body to question and practice task-oriented exercises, equations, and scores.
NOTE: People from outside of the intensive are welcome to join the morning technical training from 11-12.30 each day for 15 €.
Afternoon Laboratory – Your Own God:
“In studying improvisation I came in contact with my body in another dimension. I wanted to use my biological rhythm, the texture of my organs, I wanted to gain a level of creativity coming from the history of the skeleton itself, separate from the knowledge we have gained. Without filters or assumptions of what movements are appropriate or not in contemporary dance. Much closer to the humans that we are and delivery beyond society or trendiness, rules or ideals.”
Judith Sánchez Ruíz
Your Own God’s tools sourced methodologies, and practical exercises aim to unlock the mind from imitative academic dogma (that imposes a mainstream style and decorative content). We will focus on each participant’s individual awakening and exploration of our functional and artistic potential. The dancers will practice how to reset the mind, through radio exercises, ramifications and associations of vocabularies that will guide to a much deeper connection to a richer and organic movement. There will be space for unexpected transformations, and an infinity of chances to play, create and deconstruct.
Judith Sánchez Ruíz | JSR Company was founded in 2010 in New York City, pursuing the creation of alternative contemporary dance and site-specific performances. The company has an interdisciplinary approach, through collaborations with composers as well as visual and media artists.
Judith Sánchez Ruíz conceptualizes the art of Improvisation into a complex subdue choreography. Her approach doesn’t rely on mechanization, or memory of movement, but on ramification and layering of subjects in composition.
‘Human casualness’, improvisation, community, and activism as well became an essential part of her work. With her latest piece “My breast on the table”, she is seeking to own space without the usual categorization of western appropriations, rewriting how she perceives choreography and performance today.
The Berlin-based director, choreographer, teacher, improviser, Judith Sánchez Ruíz (CU-GE) is a former member of Sasha Waltz & Guest, Germany (2011-2014); Trisha Brown Dance Company, (2006-2009); Mal Pelo Company, Spain, (1997-1999); and DanzAbierta Company, Cuba (1991-1996). Among others independent choreographers as David Zambrano (1997); Deborah Hay (2012), Jeremy Nelson & Luis Malvacias (2001-2002); DD Dorvillier (2002, 2019).
Judith has taught: HZT – Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum Tanz, Berlin; Weißensee Kunsthochschule, Master Arts Programme “Spatial Strategies”, Berlin; Tictac Art Centre, Brussels; P.A.R.T.S., Brussels; La Manufacture, Lausanne; Summer Melt: Movement Research, New York; Guangdong Dance Festival, Guangzhou, China; Texas Dance Improvisational Festival, TDIF, Dallas, US; Festival Deltebre Dansa, Spain; b12 Festival, Berlin; Atlas Mexico Festival, Guanajato, Mexico; Dance days of Chania, Greece; Dance Umbrella Festival, London, UK; Coda, Oslo International Dance Festival, Norway; Festival El Cruce. Rosario, Argentine; Hong Kong International Choreography Festival, Hong Kong; East Point West | Interdisciplinary Festival of Embodiment, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Vitlycke-Centre for Performing Arts, Tanumshede, Sweden. SNDO – School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam; Paris Conservatory CNSMD, Paris; Amsterdam School of Dance MTD, Amsterdam; SEAD Salzburg Experimental Academic, Salzburg; Copenhagen Dance School, Copenhagen; Aktina Dance school, Athens; ROAR, Berlin. STUDIOS: Ménagerie de Verre, Paris; Micadanses, Paris; Critical Path, Sidney; Tanzquartier, Wien; Tripspace, London; Metaneira Studios, Greece; Tanzfabrik, Dock 11 and Marameo, Berlin; K3 – Center for Choreography, Hamburg; MedusaMenorca, Menorca; NunArt Guinardó, Barcelona; Moscow Tsekh Summer School, Moscow; Marseille Objectif Danse, Marseille; Sasha Waltz & Dancers; Radialsystem, Berlin; Cie. toula limnaios; Dance Company of Volkstheater Rostock; Barn College Residence in Berlin and NYU, Tisch Summer workshop Residency, Berlin.
Mondays till Fridays
January 31st – February 18th
Times of this workshop:
Functionality and Perspective: 11:00 – 12:30
Your Own God, Laboratory of creation: 13:30- 17:30
This workshop will be concluded with a creation which will be performed on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th at 19:00. Make sure that you can be available these evenings till 22:00.
Price of the workshop:
Registration fee of €150 required (as part of the €800).