THE RESONANT BODY
© Ana Kavalis
Body, voice, sound Workshop
Ana Kavalis – Performer & Jeff Gburek – Musician
The resonant body is a body that leaves a trace, a reverberation, a physical and an emotional echo in other bodies, capable to fill and feel the visible and the invisible space in the present moment. It is a body that through its empathy and sensibility towards the outside world, creates space for expansion and communion.
In this workshop we will research the relationship between body, breath, language, and sound. The workshop is structured in two parts. In part one called The listening body we will focus on the relationship between sound and movement by exploring the different ways of listening: towards the inside of our body, to the space around us, the others, the nature, the city, and the silence. The idea is to experience sound as invisible matter that can become visible through our body, going from the listening to the embodiment of what we perceive as sound. But how do we relate to sound? What does it mean to embody sound? How can we create a body soundscape? The relationship between performer and musician plays here an important role. To further this relationship, we transfer the practice of listening to the communication between the two involved. With the help of improvisation as a form of spontaneous creation, the idea is to refine the dialogue between performer and musician and to translate it into a practice of collaborative work.
In the second part called The speaking body we will work on the interrelationship between movement, breath and language. First, we will focus on the relationship between movement and breath. Exercising our breathing awareness, the idea is to bring more connection and support towards our movements. When the breath becomes an energy source, we observe how far it can influence and change our presence. How then can breathing become a tool for creation? How can we create a dramaturgy based on our breathing? In order to continue with our research, we go for the next step: the relationship between body and language. How can language be danced? Here we will explore the ways how language and body inhabit each other and the different ways of embodying language considering its sonority, its materiality, its resonance and its (un)significance. Inspiring ourselves by the absurdity and the poetic qualities that emerge from this dialog, the idea is to develop our own speaking body dramaturgies.
We will explore these issues individually and, in the group, extensively using different methods and technics from the performance, dance and physical theater: butoh dance exercises, voice work, improvisation and somatic practices.
This work is open to anyone who is interested, to performers, dancers and musicians and anyone who wants to approach the body as a poetic resonant organism.
The workshop will be held in English and German.
WHO: Ana Kavalis and Jeff Gburek
WHEN: January 18th 2019 | 3 -8 pm & January 19th 2019 | 10 am - 3 pm
PRICE: 140€ | 120€ Early bird until January 1st + Students and Hartz IV recipients
LANGUAGE: English / German
Born in Havana, Cuba, Ana Kavalis is a performer, dancer, actress, and teacher based in Berlin since 2004. Her work is developed on the terrain of physical theater, dance, and performance. Her artistic career has the distinctive mark of crossing borders, the disruption of theatrical stage language, the experimentation with new forms of dialogue and exchange with the audience and the continuous questioning of identity. In Cuba she studied modern dance with teachers such as Tangin Fong and Manolo Vasquez. In 1996 she emigrated to Montevideo, Uruguay, where she then studies drama at the E.M.A.D. graduating in 2000. In 2001 she travels to Sao Paulo, Brazil to study the acting method developed by Antunes Filho in the CPT (Theatrical Research Center. In Berlin, she collaborated as an independent artist with several theater and dance groups. The three years of intense collaboration with the Djalma Primordial Science group, created by the dancer Ephia Gburek and the musician and composer Jeff Gburek, significantly influenced her development as an artist and her works as a solo performer. Since 2006 she has developed some solo performances: “Eurydike – eine Anatomie des Schattens” (2006/2007), “Penthesilea” (2009), “Lilith im Spiegel” (2010/2011), “Das Meer hinter der Mauer” (2012), “Qui se cache dans ce corps? “(2016/2017). More recently her work “Somehow standing” in collaboration with the musician Jeff Gburek was presented in Tatwerk as part of the PAF Berlin 2019.
Jeff Gburek is a multi-instrumentalist, sound designer & composer who has performed throughout Europe and the USA. He uses prepared guitar, radios, magnetic field antennae, theremin, manipulation of organic objects, sound automatons & special microphones to bridge formal music & environmental sound sources, bringing multiple dimensions of sound into consciousness. For 10 years, Jeff Gburek provided live sound for the dance theater (butoh) company known as Djalma Primordial Science, in which capacity he traveled to Japan, Indonesia and widely in Western Europe and the United States of America, & once even to Mexico. He was given artistic visa to live in Berlin, earned scholarships and residencies as solo artist in Darmstadt, Amsterdam's STEIM, Denmark (Odin Teatret), Le Bains Collective in Bruxelles and has performed at Les Instants Chavires & Les Voutes (Paris), Ausland, Kule & Exploratorium (Berlin), Museum of Contemporary Art, Strasbourg, Nantes & Alchemia (Krakow), MOZG, Plan B (Warsaw), Łasnia (Gdansk), Museum of Contemporary Art, Torun and in Bilbao, Spain at the Contemporary Art Museum. Jeff Gburek also performed as soloist and in ad hoc groups at the Ad Libitem Festival (Warsaw), FRIV & FRIV MOVE (Poznan), Experyment Festival (Zbaszyn, Poland). With the dance theater project Djalma Primordial Science, Jeff Gburek performed at festivals in Potsdam, Germany, Postfurhhamt, Hau Drei, 48 Stunden, Karmanoia Theater (Berlin), Odin Teatret (Hostelbro, Denmark), Illuseum and 308klub in Amsterdam, in Lyon and in Rodez, France & the chapel of the asylum where Antonin Artaud lived during the Second World War. Jeff's work has appeared on labels such as Nur Nicht Nur, Aural Terrains, Absurd,Herbal Records, Triple Bath, Foxy Digitalis,NOT, Spectropol, Plus Timbre and his most frequent collaborations are those with Tetuzi Akiyama, Karolina Ossowksa, Marjorie Van Halteren, Hubert Wińcyzk and Filippo Panichi.
- 18 January 2020 15:00
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