[CI-Announce] DANIEL LEPKOFF: Improvisation Workshop, November 22-26, 2010, Schwelle7, Berlin/Germany
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Foundations of Improvisation
5 day intensive Improvisation Workshop with Daniel Lepkoff
WHEN: Monday – Friday, November, 22-26, 2010, 12 am – 6 pm
WHERE: Schwelle 7, Berlin, Germany
FOUNDATIONS OF IMPROVISATION
Researching Movement, Mind & Flow of Information
“I view dancing as the imagination acting through the body. My work
examines how the mind and body act together to compose our movement.
Whatever is happening, at any moment, is appreciated as an intelligent
response to one's present moment and as material that can be placed in
a dance frame. The workshop provides tools and situations for
researching your own movement choices and developing your powers of
observation. I am an improvising performer and my own reference point
in creating and practicing this work is to develop a performance
practice. However these techniques can be easily applied by anyone
interested in making dances or dancing, as well as people with a
curiosity about the creative process and an appetite for being
“The material is drawn directly from my own movement research which
has it's roots in seminal the work I began in the '70's with the early
developments of both Anatomical Release Technique and Contact
Improvisation, as well as the work of Steve Paxton, and the work of
We will divide our 6 hours of studio time into two work sessions with
a break in between:
I. The Movement of our Attention - Ordinarily we are unconscious of
the movement of our attention and so do not notice how we constantly
scan our environment, with all of our senses, for information. This
facility is often under utilized. Through practice we can cultivate
and strengthen our innate ability to observation and access new
perceptions and physical understanding of where we are and where we
can go. For a dancer it is a key to movement invention and research.
We work with an combination of stillness and movement to research and
delve into the details of how the mind composes physical images,
movement desires, and ultimately organizes our body to move. Aspects
of stillness can be found within movement and inside of a stillness
one finds a moving state. We work specifically with the constructive
rest position in connection with deeply reflex ordinary movements such
as: breathing, crawling, walking and running. Gradually we building a
clear and visceral link between high energy action and deep seamless
II. Moving the Environment - The visible boundaries of our body are
transparent to the force of gravity. The forces that we feel within
our body, (compression or stretch) do not know the difference between
what is us and what is our environment. We move ourselves by extending
our energy into the environment. The environment answers. We move it
and it moves us. This duality offers an extended dimension to our
awareness and understanding of what is happening in our dancing as we
navigate through time and space.
We will work with objects (both large and small) and each other to
explore extending our architecture and expressing force and intention
into the environment.
Our work forms a base for a shared physical language and and supports
creating spontaneous compositions in solo, duet, or group. For more
detailed information on Daniel's work go to: www.daniellepkoff.com
Material developed in the workshop will be presented to the public in
an Informal showing at the end of the week, Friday, 26 at 8:30 pm, Our
focus will be live performance as a venue and vehicle for sharing
information We will use this opportunity to think about the nature of
improvising in performance and to consider what is happening
physically in the minds and bodies the performers and audience members
in the theater.
REGISTRATION: xs4jan (at) gmx.de
PRICE: 150 EUR
We can host up workshop participants in our special sleeping cocoons.
The cost is 10 EUR a night per person.
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Uferstraße 6, HH, Aufgang links, 1. OG
13357 Berlin – Wedding (Nähe Uferstudios)
Schwelle 7 – Cie. Felix Ruckert Berlin e.V.
Artistic & Managing Director: Felix Ruckert
info at felixruckert.de
Trafic Link: U8 Pankstraße, U9 Osloer Straße, U9 Nauener Platz, SB
Gesundbrunnen, SB Humboldthain, Bus M27 Brunnenplatz
THOUGHTS ABOUT THE WORK & PERFORMANCE
by Daniel Lepkoff
„As a maker of dances, a designer of theater and an improvising
I am not specifically interested in presenting “dance” movement on the
What is happening
at any moment,
I see as possible material that can be placed in a dance frame.
Each of us exists in an on-going physical dialogue with our environment,
tuning to the details and nuance of our own and
each others’ movement behavior and to the conditions of our present
We observe, we feel, and we act.
We create our own images and
construct our own understandings.
Ordinarily this activity is unconscious.
In the theater I want to stimulate audience and performer alike to
consciously and actively create their own images,
and so my work is designed not to tell the audience what it is they
are looking at.
Inside of a moment of disorientation, of not knowing, lies an
opportunity for a person in the theater
to create their own story.
In these times, we are surrounded by media images designed by others
to manipulate our attention and to control what we know and do not know.
As an artist, the performance event offers me an opportunity to create,
DANIEL LEPKOFF's work looks at "all" of our movement as a finely tuned
physical dialogue with the environment and explores the form and
composition of this interaction.
He played a central role in the development of Release Technique with
Mary Fulkerson and Contact Improvisation with Steve Paxton since the
early 70’s. Throughout the 70’s and 80’s he traveled extensively;
actively teaching, performing, and exposing this new work and new
ideas to audiences worldwide.
As a performer and teacher he is known for his commitment to a way of
composing dances that arises from the process of living movement, a
vision of living in the body in a physical dialogue with the environment
He is one of the founders of Movement Research in NYC.
In the 80's Daniel was a member of the New York based improvisational
performance ensemble “Channel Z” from 1982 to 1987. Channel-Z’s
members included: Robin Feld, Paul Langland, Daniel Lepkoff, Diane
Madden, Nina Martin, Stephen Petronio, & Randy Warshaw.
Over the years he has collaborated with many other artists and
performers including: Lisa Nelson, Steve Paxton; Paul Langland, Saira
Blanche Theater in Moscow (Oleg Soulimenko and Andrej Andrianov), Lux
Flux in Vienna (Inge Kandlsdorfer, Annette Pffeferkorn and Jack
Hauser) and Japanese dancer, Sakura Shimada, among others.
His own work has been seen in NY at PS122, The Kitchen, Movement
Research, DTW & Danspace. He has received grants for The Robison
Foundation & The Suitcase Fund. In 2002 he was the artistic director
and co-produced (together with Mira Kovarova) of "Physical Dialogues"
a dance festival in Bratislava focusing on alternative systems for
He has published numerous articles articulating concepts that are
central to his own work, these writing appear in CQ, The MR
Performance Journal and Contredanse Publications in Bruxelles.
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