Riding the bull home

(day class : 2 x 2.5 hrs)

Okay!
You’ve stayed open and available, worked hard to follow as much as lead, been careful to neither push nor force, and voilà: Material has been born, themes have developed, and an overarching narrative has emerged…

Now What?
What does is take to reach the final part of your journey?
How do you Ride the Bull Home?

In this advanced workshop we’ll explore how to bring our improvisational material home, looking for end-making in the final chapter—perhaps even in the very last moments of our improvisations—and practice not shying away from committing to a resolution. And we’ll discover how the searching for an organic closure is often an illusion, an unfulfilled desire—regardless of how much it is a natural human longing— and research how this impacts our performance attitude and relationship to the audience.

Through a series of exercises, we’ll investigate how:
- time determines perception of “success” and “failure”
- an alive compositional mind embraces absence and emptiness
- the nature and politics of endings affects our decision-making process

Be prepared to be challenged and annoyed, while enjoying the spirit of collaboration within a community of equals.

Into the night jungle

night class : 2 x 4 hrs (Wed 22:30-2:00 & Fri 22:30-2:30 [or later depending on performance timing])

presence perception performance laboratory

Although it is not possible to plan for transformational moments, we can choose to enter into the realm of mystery. Through humorous lightness and provocative intensity, deep body sensing and expansive imagination engagement, we practice bending our attentiveness towards the resonant present moment. In this unfolding landscape between knowing and not knowing, with our awareness heightened and consciousness expanded, the potential for transformation lives.

INTO THE NIGHT JUNGLE is for all adventurers who want to explore diverse improvisational states of mind, body & voice, and question their assumptions about the performative moment. Be prepared for mental and physical exhaustion, perception-bending and assumption-altering encounters, and for a serious amount of playful fun.

David Lakein (USA / Chicago-Berlin)

He is an interdisciplinary artist, choreographer-director, performer, educator and writer, whose work swirls around the borders between dance, theatre, cabaret, installation and performance art. He collaborates extensively with other artists, and performs-researches-teaches across the globe in diverse venues, festivals and schools. Known for his inquisitive nature, Lakein is a well-respected teacher dedicated to his students and a rigorous learning process. Whether facilitating students in workshops and performance projects or bringing artists together in laboratories or festivals, he is committed to research as a creative act and dialogue as a transformational encounter.

Lakein studied philosophy & literature, and acting and directing in the United States, trained as a dancer and performer in Berlin and Amsterdam, and studied visual arts in Chicago; he holds a BA from Wesleyan University, a BFA from the School for New Dance Development, Amsterdam School for the Arts, and an MFA in Studio Arts from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago.

http://www.lakeinworkshops.wordpress.com/

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