10 — 14 February 2018
Assembly Hall — 60 Spylaw Road, Edinburgh
Booking: [email protected]
Cost £210 (payment in three instalments and free accommodation possible)
Dance is like an apparition. It appears as if out of a void — it does not explain, nor make meaning, nor bring salvation — but it makes appear a world that is ordinarily invisible. A large part of our reality is invisible to us because it is outside of our perception. We cannot see what we do not know, but the imperceptible can sometimes manifest itself as a phenomenon. Like a ripple on water by an invisible wind, the unseen has a way to make itself known. This phenomenon, when it occurs through our body, is dance. Such dance has possibility to change the perception of an audience — it transforms their physical status and shifts their sense of time. By transforming their perception, we transform their world. We do not create dance, we create a world.
In the workshop, we address some fundamentals of how we could allow the invisible to manifest in us as a phenomenon.
We must understand 1. Shift in time. 2. Training the body as a 'whole self' 3. Emergence of motivation 4. Meaning of externalizing a dance, and the role of the consciousness and intention.
Moeno Wakamatsu is a Japanese solo dance artist residing in South Normandy, France. Born in Tokyo Japan, 1975, she grew up in Japan and then in Canada, and USA. She began her dance studies at the Merce Cunningham School. In parallel, she pursued architectural studies at The Cooper Union School of Architecture. After the diploma she installed herself as an architect in New York City, while she continued to dance for other choreographers and companies. In early 2000's, she made dance her only profession. She immigrated to France in 2010. She continues to perform and teach in Europe and North America. She is also a Feldenkrais practitioner since15 years. An expression that is beyond physical movements, her dance work exists outside the arts of ideas or concepts, and aims for direct communication in intensified time and space.