Alive ... & then Some: Workshop for Trance-dance and Analysis

Event, from 18.08.18 to 19.08.18

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Event in English
Reservation required
90 € / reduced price 65 €


Event overview

Alive ... & then Some
Workshop for Trance-dance and Analysis

The attempt to reach and analyze different states of trance is at the center of the workshop conducted by Justin F. Kennedy and Emma Waltraud Howes. Using a wide range of physical, psychological and research-based exercises, “Alive ... & then Some” will encourage a dialogue on transcendental experience and its explanation. In a pseudo laboratory-style environment, participants will use physical and psychological exercises and observations to explore and interpret various forms of trances. These exercises may include Osho meditation, sacred helixing, internal wave energy, hypnosis, gentle moshing, as well as voice and movement techniques. For the two artists, it is just as important to experience altered states of consciousness as it is to gain critical distance. Through remembrance, automatic responses, screenings, readings and archiving, the workshop will discuss the analytic aspects of trance forms and address the challenges of documenting and interpreting profound experiences. “Alive ... & then Some” is a spin-off of a workshop organized in 2016/17, “Wormhole Through Your Brain” held at Impulstanz in Vienna in cooperation with the artist Jeremy Shaw. Jeremy Shaw is currently featured in the exhibition “Blind Faith” with his film “Liminals,” which features Emma Waltraud Howes.

Speakers: Emma Waltraud Howes works as a translator between movement and form and is a performer and visual artist. Her work is based on gesture observations with a focus on developing a broadening choreographic practice involving public intervention, kinesthetic and architectural research. Her recent solo presentations and performances include “Symphony of a Missing Room” for Lundahl & Seitl at Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin (2016), ”Dynamis” for Georgia Sagri at documenta 14, Kassel (2017); “Liminals” for Jeremy Shaw at the Venice Biennale (2017); “Scores for Daily Living” at Kunstmuseet Nord-Trøndelag, Namsos (2018); and “Ten Days Six Nights” for Joan Jonas at the Tate Modern, London (2018).Emma Waltraud Howes is currently a resident at ACME Studios London, through the generous support of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Justin F. Kennedy is a Berlin-based dance artist and teacher originally from St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. In 2006 he received a BA in Dance and Ethnic Studies from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut and in 2013, a MA in choreography from the HZT Berlin. He has performed with and for Ligia Lewis, Isabel Lewis, Tino Sehgal, Jeremy Wade, Peaches, Faustin Linyekula and Jeremy Shaw, among others. His current projects include the science-fiction opera “An Ode to Love and Death,” working with his art boy band BOYZ in the WOODS, Adam Linder’s “Choreographic Service No. 5” at the Kunsthalle Basel (2017), and Liz Kinoshita’s choreography “You Can’t Take It with You,” which premiered at the Pact Zollverein, Essen, in April 2018.