ReWire/Dancing States – Explorations in Ensemble, Solo, and Contact Improvisation. With Nina Martin and Andrew Wass.
1st-5th August 2016 Movingeast, London
Cost: Cost: £185 Fully waged/Funded
£165 Part-time waged/Independent artist
£145 Unemployed/full time student
The workshop investigates improvisational dance forms guided by a performance framework. We will enter our dancing from a Body/Brain approach by examining different kinetic and neural states through the system, ReWire/Dancing States. The kinetic state encourages us to recognize the body’s preconscious desire for movement and in the neural state we attempt dancing the brain in a way that bypasses mind as much as possible. Ensemble Thinking frames the dancing that ensues from these avenues of investigation which is truly authentic and offers a fresh vocabulary for your Solo and Contact improvisations by breaking habitual patterns in order to be open to other opportunities for expression.
Nina Martin and Andrew Wass are collaborative artists who have created numerous works together in the Lower Left Performance Ensemble since the 90s Lower Left. With the other members of the ensemble: Shelley Senter, Margaret Paek, and Leslie Scates their work has been presented in Berlin, Budapest, New York, and San Francisco. Lower Left’s creative systems Ensemble Thinking, ReWire—Dancing States, and Articulating the Solo Body are taught world-wide including across the United States, Europe, and Asia. Andrew is a graduate of the MA program of Solo/Dance/Authorship at the Hochschulübergreifendes Zentrum für Tanz in Berlin and is currently an MPhil/PhD candidate at the University of Chichester in the UK investigating the nature of choice and change in improvised dance-making. wasswasswass.com Nina makes her artistic home in Marfa, Texas and is Associate Professor at TCU School for Classical & Contemporary Dance. Her PhD research focused on ensemble improvisation in performance. Nina travels widely to teach in countries such as Italy, Germany, Finland, Nederlands, Belgium, Austria, Japan, Canada,Venezuela, and others.