This course will offer participants the basis to experience performance as a mode of address, a tool of research, a historical field and a personal practice. The course gears towards practical experimentation (making and doing) with historic methods that can lead to new results of our own. From the start we will work together in the dance studio, anchoring the course in methods that come from “new dance,” in particular Simone Forti’s Logomotion speech & movement improvisation form. This core will enable us to consider historical paradigms of drama as well as what Happennings artist Allan Kaprow called “non-theatrical performance” and the way time-based strategies have developed so strongly in the visual arts. The course will introduce an embodied approach subject matter, and we’ll reach out to the city around us, with a Berlin map in one hand and the work of Hannah Arendt in the other, offering insights into local history with her unique method of thinking, based on “people, not concepts.” This course is open to those interested in creating a performance for the first time as well offering new tools for developing artists of all genres.
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