The Responsive Body Workshop
Külli Roosna and Kenneth Flak
Photo by Alexander Browne
The Responsive Body Workshop is for anyone interested in researching movement principles alone as well as with a partner, and who wish to be physically challenged in a playful manner. Previous dance or martial arts experience is not necessary; participants move from the experience of their own body.
The purpose of the class is to find freedom of movement, grounded in functional anatomy, and supported by the imagination. The class develops attention, mobility, strength, coordination, an adaptive center, as well as the use of rhythm and space.
We start with simple movements in order to bring attention to functional connections within the body. This gentle beginning allows us to tune into ourselves, get rooted in the present moment, and prepare for more complex tasks. After this we bring up the pulse and introduce more energetic, technically challenging patterns.
In the workshop we bring attention to our senses. With the help of a partner we expand the range of our movement choices, creating physical responses to internal as well as external impulses, and research different ways of creating improvised as well as fixed material. In the end we will bring sensor technology into the game, enabling us to research a new set of connections between movement and sound.
The workshop is led by internationally active choreographers-dancers Külli Roosna (EST) and Kenneth Flak(EST/NOR) who have been working together since 2008. More info about them: www.roosnaflak.com