jueves, 13 de marzo de 2008

Improvisación en Francia (Burdeos). David Lakein


with David Lakein

26 - 27 Apr ~ Bordeaux, France

This class will go off-roading in the contact hinterlands.

We will see how our duets benefit from the moments we are apart, rather than have these moments of separation undermine the richness and riskiness of our dance.

Which compositional tools support us to find inspiration from our solo expeditions’s flora and fauna, rather than be overwhelmed by them?

How can we move through moments when we feel "lost" in space and “empty” of ideas?

Cutting our way deeper into the improv bush, we'll hike into the muddiness of departure- and arrival-moments, seeing how we can discover <<>> in the midst of <<>>.

This workshop is suitable for both for beginners and more experienced contact practitioners.

Language : French & English


26.4 14:00-18:00

27.4 12:30-16:30


70 / 50 reduced for students & jobless.

You must pay 30 to guarantee your spot.

I M A G E – M A K I N G L A B O R A T O R Y

Advanced Workshop in Composition, Improvisation & Performance Skills

with David Lakein

28 Apr - 2 May ~ Bordeaux, France

Working individually and in small groups, we will make several images each day, either quickly with reckless abandon or slowly with careful consideration. The frame of our creation process will vary greatly: completely open, tightly structured, with a specific focus, or global theme. We will refer continuously to these questions: What distinct components does an image have? Which are central and which act in a more supportive manner? Where are the boundaries of an image; when does is begin, end? What are the differences between an image and a larger scenic entity?

In working with the elements of body/figure, movement/ action and setting/atmosphere, as well as voice/text and object/costume, we will gain a more nuanced and precise awareness of how they influence, and in which ways interact with each other. Various improvisational approaches and techniques will be introduced and researched, and serve as a critical aid in the initial generating of material.

We will explore the compositional tools available to us as we develop and refine our images. Addressing and further clarifying such issues as timing, location in space, and audience position, will enable us to make our images more visceral and intelligible, powerful and resonant. Our aim is to deepen our awareness of the choices we confront and options at our disposal during the different stages of the decision-making process, and in so doing, gain a greater degree of freedom and feeling of trust with our images.

The body and its position within an image will be investigated closely, as well as some essential performance skills. We will experiment with varied approaches to identifying and placing a specific physical quality in the body, so as to gain a wider-reaching and more multi-dimensional understanding of the sources of and complexities contained within our performance attitude. An important part of our research will be exploring the diverse textures and distinctive aspects of presence. Our investigations will include: whether there is such a thing as a neutral, disinvested body; the differences between “being” and “presenting”; how to draw, deflect, or defer the audience’s attention.

The laboratory will include site-specific work. We will spend time in the street and other locations in the city, in village squares and in nature in the countryside, as well as around the early-morning kitchen table and the late-night riverbank. We’ll discover similarities and differences between making images inside and outside the studio, be it in private and intimate or public and formal surroundings, letting our approaches and experiences in each influence and inform the other.

An essential aspect of the image-making process is developing an intuitive sense and considered understanding of when and how to ask relevant questions of ourselves and others. We will investigate how to approach asking for, receiving, and giving feedback, and how it can be organically integrated into the creation process. Writing will also form an important part of our experience, as a source for material, an aid in the compositional process, and a feedback form.

The laboratory is open to participants from all backgrounds (dance, theatre, mime, visual arts, photography, etc) and is suitable for both beginning and highly experienced image-makers.

There will be an informal public performance on the last day.

Language : French & English

Number limited to 18 participants.


28-29.4 & 2.5 Bordeaux

30.4 & 1. 5 Nérigean (35 min. outside Bordeaux) www.jardindalice.fr

We will work 4 hrs / day in the studio, 3-4 hrs / day outside, and also sometimes in the evenings.


250 / 220 reduced for students and jobless > If paid before Apr. 7

300 / 270 reduced > If paid after Apr. 7

+ 8 / night for housing & 10 / day for shared cooking, in Nérigean

David Lakein (USA) is a Berlin-based Director-Choreographer, Performer, Teacher, and Writer.

He studied philososphy and theater in the United States, and dance and performance in Berlin and at the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam.

David’s work swirls around the borders between dance, theatre, cabaret, and performance art and embraces the edge between the profoundly serious and ridiculously silly. He is the Artistic Director of the international artistic platform Paradogs Bay, and in the Organization Team of the Ponderosa TanzLand Festival.

Full CV & Photos : www.davidlakein.com

www.paradoxbay.org / www.paradogsbay.org / www.ponderosa-dance.de

Information & Registration:

Eric Ellul

+33 (0)6 712 721 33


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