October 1, 2017

Resless Presence: Workshop with Missimiliano Balduzzi

Date(s) - Sunday, October 1, 2017
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

School for Contemporary Dance & Thought

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How to learn rigorous technical exercises while practicing presence?
How to be present during the breaks and the breaths between those exercises?

Over the course of twenty years of artistic research I have created and practiced, alone and in collaboration with others, a physical and vocal training for performers that fosters the discovery of a specific density in the body and voice. Something similar to what we may experience in the extraordinary moments of our life, when the body is called to react with total awareness. This training, through rigorous exercises/actions that generate a certain quantity of “good tension”, helps to bring density to the performer’s body and fosters lightness and the ability to decide in-the-moment. Both in the most intense moment of dramatic action and in the smallest daily movements and stilness.

In this workshop each student/performer will be guided in the creation of a personal sequence of physical and vocal actions that enhance the quality of presence in the body through the practice of some basic principles: balance and weight, control of noise and breath, impulse and stop, resistance and rhythm, awareness of space and time. Working in pairs and with the group as a whole, the individual sequences will be added to foster direct attention simoultaneusly to the execution of the exercises, to the presence of the other and the relationship of the body to its physical surroundings.

The workshop is open to performers, actors, dancers and artists from other disciplines and whoever is interested in unveiling a denser presence inside and outside the studio. ​