workshops/labs

Performance as Practice Workshop
Performance as Practice | solo and collaborative development is a practical workshop, focused on inter-disciplinary performance. PaP is open to dance, movement, performance art, and improvisation artists of all levels, professional and university, who are interested in further developing a solo and collaborative body-based art practices.

Participants will be introduced to various approaches to creating a personal performance practice, including: concept development, physical and mental preparation, experimentation, and execution. We will focus on different aspects, elements, disciplines, modes and/or methods of performance. The goal is to identify and develop a personal practice which is applicable to solo and group situations.

This workshop may culminate in a public performance, conceived and realized by the participants.

Past Performance as Practice Workshops:
– Summer Semester 2014: Bilwa led a semester long workshop at the University of applied Arts Vienna. He invited Jasmin Schaitl to co-lead several blocks.
– Nov 2014: Jasmin and Bilwa led a 3 day intensive workshop at the University of applied Arts, Vienna.
– Jan 2015: Bilwa led a 2 day workshop at Grüntaler 9, Berlin
– Feb 2015: Bilwa and Jasmin led a 2-day Performance as Practice workshop at Fidget, Philadelphia USA.

resonance workshop
resonance is a collaborative research network founded in 2011 by William “Bilwa” Costa and Martín Lanz Landázuri to explore figurative, physical, and mechanical phenomena related to resonance. Developed by a varying constellation of artists in the US, MX, & EU, the resonance score continues to emerge through repeated exploration of methods for reverberating mindfully in improvisation.

resonance workshop can be offered for movement, sound, theatre, and other performing artists. We practice listening, observing, sensing, and acting from sound, movement, language, and memory impulses. By reapplying terms and processes typically used to describe the physical behaviors of sound and movement, such as: frequency, amplitude, timbre, source, input, filtering, output, sending, panning, wavelength, particle, and molecule, we engage with expansions and contractions of energy and sound in our bodies and in the spaces where we work. We experiment with deprivation, isolation, and heightening of our various senses to bring new understandings of the potentials lying dormant in our bodies and the spaces they inhabit.

resonance workshop might explore questions like: How do we transmit material that perpetuates in different forms throughout a space? How does material travel from one body to another? How do we translate or morph material into different media? How do sound and movement inhabit different areas of the body, and different places in a space? How can we use practices of vibration, reflection, speaking, sounding, panning, resounding, writing, drawing, imagining, and remembering to cultivate a resonating body?

resonance workshops are designed for various durations: from a single 3-hour session, to multiple sessions spread over a week. A resonance workshop series can culminate in a public performance by the workshop leaders and participants, who collaboratively compose a score from the experiences shared during the workshop.

past resonance workshops/lab:

2013: workshop, Cenart, San Luis Potosí, MX
2012:lab Laboratorio Sensorial, Guadalajara, MX
2012: workshop, Agora Collective, Berlin, DE
2012: workshop, Vilnius, LT
2011: sine~waving workshop/performance, Schwelle 7, Berlin DE w/ Malin Astner
2011: workshop/performance, Deck 3, Berlin, DE
2011: workshop, Agora Collective, Berlin, DE
2011: workshop Eden’s, Movement Research, NYC

sub_space workshop
sub_space is a workshop, based on the performance structure, for dance, movement, visual, and sound artists. This workshop is open to professional and/or university students. During the workshop participants explore various techniques, scores, and exercises  based on listening, seeing, identifying and utilizing the entire (macro) space, as well as the (micro) spaces that exist within it.

sub_space workshop has taken place at Tatwerk, Berlin and at LAPS dept. of Teak Helsinki, as part of the Lapsody Festival.

Co- (lab) 
Co- (lab) is a site-relative lab, comprised of: dance, movement, performance, sound, and visual artists of various disciplines and levels, from university to professional.

During the lab, we will focus on the specific physical characteristics of the studio, and other indoor and outdoor spaces; and how we, individually and as a group, relate and respond to them. We will use this research to create graphic scores for task-based movements, sound, and visual performances.

Individually, and collectively, we will develop understandings of these scores, and how they can manifest into performances in different places. Using techniques of reduction and refinement, we will compose final scores that are based on all of the material generated during our lab. We will work individually, and as a group, focusing on the topic: collaboration and collectivity.

 

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