Frank van de Ven
BODY WEATHER: NAVIGATING THE HERE AND NOW
Body Weather is a comprehensive approach to training and performance that investigates the intersections of bodies and their environments. Bodies are conceived not as fixed and separate entities but as constantly changing – just like the weather. Weather is seen as a complex system of forces and influences coursing through and beyond bodies and the world. The term & philosophical basis for Body Weather was founded in the early 1980’s by dancer Min Tanaka and further developed by Laboratories worldwide.
The workshop will focus on how Training and Improvisation relate.
MB training (mind/body, muscles/bones), is an energetic, dynamic and rhythmic movement work-out that observes the kineasthetic sensitivity and co-ordination potential of the body while developing strength, endurance, flexibility, and grounding.
Within improvisation we’ll explore both physical and mental states of being and creating movement, improvise on non-existing scores and inspect prevalent habits and patterns that prevent us being fully here and now.
As a training, Body Weather is of relevance to anyone interested in exploring the body and physical presence and this workshop is suited to dance, theatre and movement practitioners and artists of various backgrounds.
Assistant teacher: Emilie de Vlam (Body Weather Gent)
Frank van de Ven’s biography:
Frank van de Ven was a member of Tanaka’s Maijuku Performance Company in Japan, from 1983-1991. With Katerina Bakatsaki he founded Body Weather Amsterdam, a platform for training and performance. He has an ongoing commitment to the Body/Landscape projects he initiates worldwide and since 1995 has led the annual, interdisciplinary Bohemiae Rosa Project with Milos Sejn (Academy of Art & Design, Prague, Czech Republic), connecting body and landscape with art, geology, and architecture.
Dates and times:
March 25 – 29
9:00 – 13:00
50 € registration fee
In the same week Alexandros El Greco is teaching in the afternoons. You get a 15% discount for registering to both workshops.