WALK RUN HOUSE
10.00h - 17.00h
This workshop will propose a technical and compositional exploration of two specific practices.
House Dance: a clubbing dance, largely influenced by Hip Hop, characterized by its rapid and rhythmical Footwork.
Passing Through: the collective improvisation method designed by David Zambrano, primarily based on walking and running.
In the mornings, we’ll focus on identifying the organizing principles of these two techniques and dive deep in the training of their basic aspects. We’ll first look at the actions of walking, running and bouncing that are at the base of these techniques. Then, through a progression of focused drills and scores, we’ll break down House Dance rhythmical Footwork and design our own tools for generating musical and sharp feet patterns. Which we’ll then use to travel through space in powerful, rich and unexpected ways.
We’ll then bring this Footwork practice in the larger framework of Passing Through and train our ability to deal with ever more challenging group situations. We’ll set common tools for organizing collective fluxes and bodies interactions (impacts, pushes, pulls…).
The afternoons will be dedicate to composing complex chunks of movement material, using the principles that we will have extracted from the analysis of House Dance & Passing Through. We’ll map out the tools at our disposal and elaborate precise constrains in order to stimulate creativity. Both individually and collaboratively, the participants will create clockwork movement materials, intertwining : highly written footwork, complex grooves, poly-rhythms & partnering work.
Embedded in this physical work, I’ll propose a spectrum of mental practices, ranging from Mindfulness Meditation to Visualization and Mnemotechnics. The participants will be encouraged to develop an observational attitude towards their learning processes and ask themselves how they might improve these. We’ll discuss various tools to organize and engineer one’s mental ecosystem while learning, thinking and dancing.