spreading some seeds

body, voice & sound workshop

The resonant body is a body that leaves a trace, a reverberation, a physical and an emotional echo in other bodies, capable to fill and feel the visible and the invisible space in the present moment.

In this workshop we will research the relationship between body, breath, language, and sound. The workshop is structured in two parts. In part one called The listening body we will focus on the relationship between sound and movement by exploring the different ways of listening: towards the inside of our body, to the space around us, the others, the nature, the city, and the silence. The idea is to experience sound as invisible matter that can become visible through our body, going from the listening to the embodiment of what we perceive as sound. But how do we relate to sound? What does it mean to embody sound? How can we create a body soundscape? The relationship between performer and musician plays here an important role. To further this relationship, we transfer the practice of listening to the communication between the two involved. With the help of improvisation as a form of spontaneous creation, the idea is to refine the dialogue between performer and musician and to translate it into a practice of collaborative work.

In the second part called The speaking body we will work on the interrelationship between movement, breath and language. First, we will focus on the relationship between movement and breath. Exercising our breathing awareness, the idea is to bring more connection and support towards our movements. When the breath becomes an energy source, we observe how far it can influence and change our presence. How then can breathing become a tool for creation? How can we create a dramaturgy based on our breathing? In order to continue with our research, we go for the next step: the relationship between body and language. How can language be danced? Here we will explore the ways how language and body inhabit each other and the different ways of embodying language considering its sonority, its materiality, its resonance and its (un)significance. Inspiring ourselves by the absurdity and the poetic qualities that emerge from this dialog, the idea is to develop our own speaking body dramaturgies.

We will explore these issues individually and, in the group, extensively using different methods and technics from the performance, dance and physical theater: butoh dance exercises, voice work, improvisation and somatic practices.

This work is open to performers, dancers and musicians and anyone who wants to approach the body as a poetic resonant organism. All levels are welcome.

WHO: Ana Kavalis and Jeff Gburek
WHEN: January 18, 2020 | 3 pm - 8 pm / January 19, 2020 | 10 am - 3 pm
PRICE: 140€ | 120€ Early bird until January 1st + students and Hartz IV recipients
LANGUAGE: English / German


Duo for resounding dancer and live musician

“Somehow Standing” is a dynamic performance about a body in transit. Being traversed, transformed and occupied by other bodies and voices, it puts into question the concept of identity through movement, language, and sound. The piece plays with the idea of instability as a possible practice that enables survival and creates new perspectives of living.

How can the instability that results from all this movement become a kind of source, or a path that radically changes our behavior and our perception of the world and ourselves? How can we move away from a homogeneous controlled narrowing idea of being and instead set off for existing in a more refined sense of instability: living and evolving, unfinished, open, human and other, all at once, in the energy spirals of the universe, where identities disappear and reappear?

To answer these questions, throughout the piece, a body in transit is exposed to emptiness and uprooting, subject of constant becoming. In this process, the body creates and lives under its own rules, crossing the borders of culture, languages, and communication. It reinvents itself continuously in its translated and re-assembled appearances, experiencing new ways of presence and absence, erasing the dualism between time and space, looking for new sources of energy, amplifying its voice in unexpected ways; but never giving up. Every possible end is a new chance to continue, every possible fall is a chance to go forward.

Ana Kavalis - Concept and performance
Jeff Gburek - Live Sound

Saturday, June 1st 2019 | 3 and 6 pm
In the frame of PAF - Performing Arts Programm