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Workshop for BA-Students - Becoming a Dancer with Bertha Bermudez & Vincent Colomes

Expectations, Doubts, Answers and Wishes

Wednesday 28.2. – Sunday, 4.3. (except Friday 2.3.) I 13h30-17h30 I Uferstudios, Studio 6

Nowadays dancers are required to know many different dance styles, be able to sing and speak on stage, perform not only in the theatre but in various environments, know martial arts, move like acrobats and much more. All these requests are extremely enriching and can create a multifarious spirit in dancers. However, they can also confuse, frustrate and remain superficial so that young dancers in particular might feel like they know a bit of everything but nothing in depth. It is in these situations that each individual needs to ask: Which kind of community, society and world do I want to work and live in? What is the role of art within it? Can dance be an engine for positive change in our societies and how?

In this workshop we will muse on these questions while engaging in physical proposals, and work and reflect together to find answers.

What does it mean to become a dancer?
Where do you want to dance?
What inspires your dancing?
Why do you want to dance?
How are you learning and what are you learning in order to become a dancer?

Drawing from their own experiences as dancers in a variety of dance contexts – including Rudra Béjart Lausanne, Frankfurt Ballet (William Forsythe), Compañía Nacional de Danza (Nacho Duato), Emio Greco | PC dance company, Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Ballet Gulbenkian, Ramon Oller, freelancing in smaller projects and teaching and doing research – Bertha Bermúdez and Vincent Colomes will invite the participants to reflect on these questions while exposing them to different choreographic practices, working environments, a dancer’s agency and the questions one should ask oneself when wishing to become a dancer.

Bertha Bermúdez is a former dancer in some of Europe’s leading dance companies, Frankfurt Ballet, Compañia Nacional de Danza in Spain, Rui Horta, Paul Solving Norton and  Emio Greco | PC dance company.Having turned towards research in dance documentation and notation in 2005, Bermúdez has co-directed and coordinated the interdisciplinary research projects (Capturing) Intention and Inside Movement Knowledge and Pre-choreographic elements. Bermudez has initiated since 2014 her PhD at the Humanities department of the Amsterdam University. Since 2009 Bermudez develops her artistic path collaborating with other artists creating documentaries, dance films, interactive installations and publications.

Vincent Colomes was born in Paris, France. In 1995 he graduated in classical dance at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Paris. Up until 2013, he danced in different companies such as Ballet Victor Ullate, Ballet National de Marseille Roland Petit, Introdans, Ballet Gulbenkian, Metros Ramon Oller and Emio Greco | Pieter C. Scholten (EGPC/ICK Amsterdam). Since 2013, he has been studying and practicing Flamenco Dance. He is a teacher for improvisation workshops and classes, Double Skin Double Mind (DSDM) workshops, classical dance and he also participates in collaborative projects.

Foto: Kristie Simson

Workshop for BA-Students: What moves us and why? with Kristie Simson

How does Dance Improvisation Practice affect our lives and choices?

Wednesday 28.2. – Sunday, 4.3. (except Friday 2.3.) I 13h30-17h30 I Uferstudios, Studio 9

There is deep inspiration and rigor in a practice of improvisation that places 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. These guiding principles and questions have informed Kirstie’s art/life practice since she began exploring dance improvisation over three decades ago. 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. In this workshop Kirstie shares insights gleaned from thirty-two years experiences of living and loving Dance Improvisation.

Kirstie Simson is a professor at the University of Illinois, and continues to teach and perform all over the world. She has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Kirstie is renowned today as an excellent teacher, a captivating performer and a leading light in the field of Dance Improvisation.

Diana Shepherd is a movement artist from Illinois, USA. She studied and received her BFA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. There, Diana worked with choreographers Kirstie Simson, Tere O’Conner and performed her senior thesis entitled “Selfs”. Diana has participated twice in the International University Global Theater Experience’s Art Oasis programme in Italy and in Austria, where she was an assistant to the programme. She has been a dance teacher for 8 years and has recently started her own children’s dance classes in Berlin at the K77 Studio. For her Berlin premiere, Diana performed the self-choreographed solo “Bodies (2nd Part)” in the ada Studio performance showcase 10 Times 6. Diana is currently living and working in Berlin, pursuing her choreographic ideas on international bodies and how they interact with the society that ex- ists, and restricts, around them.

Foto: Yanai Yechiel

Workshop for BA-Students: "State Choreographer" with Dana Yahalomi (Public Movement)

Wednesday 28.2. – Sunday, 4.3. (except Friday 2.3.) I 13h30-17h30 I Uferstudios, Studio 8

Politics exists within our bodies, we can recognise an embodiment of citizenship or a choreography of sovereignty when seeing a demonstration or a policeman arresting someone. Public Movement, the research and action group from Tel Aviv, studies and creates public choreographies, forms of social order and overt and covert rituals. During the workshop we will examine, train and perform movements of state power demonstrated by military, police and rescue units. We will also experience excursive elements in the dance of citizens taken from protests, civil disobedience, outbursts of joy and celebration. The four day workshop is based on both theoretical practice and its physical implications outside the studio, it will include one day of training with the police and one day of group experiments in public space. We will study examples and discuss essential terms such as public space, performance of politics, pre-enactment and choreographic memory.

Public Movement is a performative research body which investigates and stages political actions in public spaces. The group has been active in Europe, USA, Israel, Asia and Australia. They have recently performed at the European Capital of Culture, Aarhus; Gothenburg Biennial; Guggenheim Museum, New York; Tel Aviv Museum of Art; Impulse Festival, Dusseldorf; ACCA Melbourne; the Asian Art Biennial, Taipei; Berlin Biennial; Performa, New York, Steirischer Herbst Festival, Graz; HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin and more. Public Movement was founded in 2006 by Omer Krieger and Dana Yahalomi. Yahalomi later became the sole director in 2011.

Foto: Company Christoph Winkler

Workshop for BA-Students - "Dance is not enough" with Christoph Winkler & Robert Ssempijja

Wednesday 28.2. – Sunday, 4.3. (except Friday 2.3.) I 13h30-17h30 I Uferstudios, Studio 11

In this workshop we will research the possibilities of taking a political stance in contemporary choreographies. Following on from Christoph Winkler’s 2013 production of ‘Dance is not enough’, we will now look at dance as protest, such as with Radical Cheerleading which has been included in various demonstrations. Radical Cheerleading uses the conventional form of sports cheerleading and combines it with political statements and slogans. The students will learn selected phrases from the choreography and combine them with their own content. Furthermore, we will question to what extent the relationship between dancer and choreographer is already a political one, and which effects does this have on the creation of movement material.

In the second part of the workshop we will take a look at what the West’s definition of contemporary dance and contemporary art perceives as periphery: the Ugandan choreographer Ssempijja will give us a practical insight into the contemporary trends of East African dance. C. Winkler and R. Ssempijja will develop material in a collaborative process with the students which will incorporate the experiences, dance styles and biographical backgrounds of the participants.

Bring you pointe/tap/hip hop/etc. gear!

Excerpt from “Dance is not enough”:

Christoph Winkler has been freelancing in Berlin since 1998. His choreographies cover a broad spectrum of formats and range from the personal to the political in theme. Winkler was born in Torgau in the former GDR. He initially trained in weight-lifting, Judo, fight sports and breakdance before studying dance at the Staatliche Ballettschule Berlin and later choreography at the Hoschschule für Schauspielkunst “Ernst Busch”.

Robert Ssempijja is a diverse emerging Ugandan contemporary dance artist and dance researcher who is having a career both through formal and informal dance setting experiences, He has been working on three different continents and with over fifty different companies, projects and choreographers. In his art, he uses a combination of Ugandan traditional dance, breakdance and techniques of contemporary dance to get those interesting creations of art. He is trained in techniques from Burkina Faso and has recently completed his diploma in dance at Ecolé des Sables in Senegal. He is also the founder of Dance Revolution East Africa.

Foto: Peg Skorpinski

Peer-Learning Workshop for BA-Students with Chrysa Parkinson (mentor)

Roles and materials

Wednesday 28.2. – Sunday, 4.3. (except Friday 2.3.) I 13h30-17h30 I Uferstudios, Studio 3

This workshop will focus on peer learning. Participating students will have the possibility to share skills and things they know, initiate working sessions, exchange formats and teach each other. Aspects such as collaborative practices, facilitation and self-organized learning come into play. What do I learn when teaching others? How can I contribute with my experience and my knowledge to an open process? Which position or role can I adopt in such a process? How do we collectively share responsibility?
Chrysa Parkinson will be a mentor for this group process. As needed, the participating students can invite her into the studio to observe and support the process, giving feedback and advice.

Chrysa Parkinson is a Professor of Dance and the Director of the New Performative Practices MFA program at DOCH/Uniarts in Stockholm.  She has been performing as a dancer and has been teaching internationally since 1985. Her artistic research is focused on the performer’s experiential authorship. Chrysa’s writing, films and interviews have been published and distributed internationally.

Paul Leclaire

Workshop for MA-Students: "Narrative Biodata " with Martin Sonderkamp

Narrative Biodata – On the artistic potential of résumés

Tuesday, 27.2 – Sunday, 4.3. (except Freitag, 23.) I 13h30-17h30 I Uferstudios, Studio 10

»There are four ways, and only four ways, in which we have contact with the world. We are evaluated and classified by these four contacts: what we do, how we look, what we say, and how we say it.«
– Dale Carnegie, US-American author and communication and motivation coach.

But is that really everything? How do we deal with the gaps, detours and breaches that at first glance don’t seem to fit in with our representation of ourselves, but actually do have influence over how we negotiate and communicate with the world? With a view to the history of curriculum vitae, this workshop is conducted in an open, collaborative format that invites the participants to approach their own CVs as well as the CVs of others as artistic material. The workshop looks especially closely at the gaps, detours and cracks that at first glance don’t seem to fit in with our representations of ourselves. Based on experimental explorations of written, spoken and audio-visual media, the participants will gradually design choreographic scores, dances or performative lectures in which they will design, develop and retell real, fictional, future, individual, collective and hybrid biographies.

Martin Sonderkamp, is an artist based in Berlin and Stockholm. He is currently a professor at Stockholm University of the Arts /Doch – School for Dance and Circus. His choreographic work transcends disciplinary and aesthetic boundaries between dance, visual art and music, and features forms of participatory choreography, mixed media installations and scores for extemporary performances.