long weekend workshop + Mike Vargas piano salon
with Nancy and Mike Vargas
Fri.–Sun., July 6–8, 2012
at Moving East, London, UK
(Underscore 3.00–7.00pm, potluck and discussion 7.30-9.30pm)
A weekend workshop with Nancy and Mike that addresses the practice of Contact Improvisation and group improvisation within the framework of the Underscore and live improvised music. Sessions will focus on each of these areas separately and in combination (Contact w/ and w/o music, an afternoon session with dance musicians, group improvisation scores and skills, and the Underscore).
The Underscore is a framework for practicing and researching dance improvisation that Nancy has been developing since the early 1990s based on her work with Contact Improvisation. The Underscore is a long jamming/CI/improvisation/composition score that guides dancers through a series of “changing states”—from solo relaxation and sensitizing to gravity and support, through group circulation and interaction, to contact improvisation engagements, then opening out to full group improvisation, and back to rest and reflection.
This weekend, we’ll study the interactions between improvising dancers and improvising musicians—in contact improvisations and larger group improvisations, including the Underscore. How can dancers and musicians support one another’s imagination and concentration? How much diversity, of intention and activity, can we all accommodate? How free are the dancers? How free are the musicians?
While combining and refining our practices of Contact Improvisation, the Underscore, and music, we will focus on detailed listening and watching, mixing many species of movement with many species of sound. Our goal is to develop a variety of conscious, deliberate relationships between what we hear, what we see, what we feel, and how we play.
Nancy’s longtime collaborator, composer/improviser Mike Vargas, will be co-teaching the workshop through his music and his point of view, informed by 30+ years of working with dance of all kinds, the last 12 years with Nancy, CI, and the Underscore.
Saturday afternoon’s session is open to musiciansinterested in working with improvising dancers.
Mike Vargas (www.mikevargas.net/) will lead a lunchtime discussion for musicians from 11.00am – 1.00pm. From 1.00 – 2.30 musicians will set up and warm up in the space and then will combine with the dancers and improvise together from 2.30 – 5.30pm. Numbers very limited. Apply by email to Robert with letter of interest stating your experience working with dance and improvisation.
Cost (for musicians): £10
Venues: Friday and Saturday: MovingEast, St Matthias Church Hall, Wordsworth Road, Stoke Newington, London N16 8DD www.movingeast.co.uk/
Friday evening: Lumen URC, 88 Tavistock Place, London, WC1H 9RS www.lumenurc.org.uk/
Sunday: Siobhan Davies Studio*, 85 St George’s Road, London, SE1 6ER www.siobhandavies.com/studios/index.html
£150 fully waged / subsidised
£140 part-time waged / independent artist
£120 unemployed / full-time student