Forsythe Masterclass: part 1 & 2

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The Re-Workshop takes Ballet Frankfurt/The Forsythe Company's collaborative approach to creation as its starting place, offering two weekends of workshops on the practices of re-inventing initiated by William Forsythe. In the first, Amy Raymond will draw from her experience with Ballet Frankfurt and somatic studies of Hino Budo in order to create both individual and group dynamics within an improvisational setting. In the second, Liz Waterhouse will draw from her experience with The Forsythe Company and studies of Philosophy/Performance Studies, to look at the dimension of movement transfer between materials (paper, clothing) and people, as scores. The workshops are intended to complement each other and The Forsythe Company's performance of "The Returns" at the Holland Dance Festival. Those unable to attend both weekends, may register for one weekend.

Re-Workshop Part 1 || Amy Raymond (21 & 22 June)
The workshop will start with exercises that emphasize connectedness between people by the means of our sense perceptions. One aspect is drawing from the power of the connection from the people in the room. The group will be encouraged to listen to what is happening, and become a player in an emergent form that shifts between the dynamics of self assertion and group connection. Through varying experiences participants will be encouraged to re-create key moments within an evolving choreographic structure.

Re-Workshop Part 2 || Elizabeth Waterhouse (28 & 29 June)
only accessible in combination with part 1
After a physical warmup, this workshop will develop systems of using re-words and materials (clothes and drawings) as movement scores. Dancing together, we will consider: How do these materials suggest or invite us to move? How can we construct motion via layering material-suggestions and suggesting-re-techniques? Participants will try tasks from The Forsythe Company's repertoire and build their own scores in groups. Subtle doses of theory, such as James Gibson's idea of affordance, will be introduced as needed. The workshop will end with discussion of how material and digital tools are being used in contemporary choreographic process. Please bring an extra set of clothes that can be used to create a movement score.