July 20 – 24, 2015
PLACES STILL OPEN!
Mon – Fri: 4 hours a day (Schedule TBA)
Fee: 170€ , Registration before June 15th: 150€
This workshop is designed in progression with the previous workshop week at Tanzfabrik in Berlin. Or either week can be taken separately.
Working with SCORES as a rich way to find unique content, method, and structures. With deep foundational releasing to warm body, voice, and flow of ideas, and access our subconscious as fertile source of material & guidance. Investigating paths between moving, writing, speaking, drawing and vocalizing — juicy ways to find personal content & structure that’s fresh, relevant & free of inhibition. Trusting our inner world, accessing technique as resource and finding the courage to transcend it — in presence, vulnerability, and ideological freedom. This class was developed in response to a need to take the next step from deeply-sourced improvisation to repeatable performance events, & discover what to take with us from one rehearsal to the next.
About Ponderosa: Ponderosa welcomes international guests and artists to their studios located on 5.5 hectares of an old farm outside Berlin in the Brandenburg region of Germany. Our main purpose is to create an International meeting space in the countryside outside of Berlin. We come from wide ranging backgrounds, but share a common experience of embracing the arts, living on a broken down farm and encouraging an event that inspires people’s creative sources and gives them a place to enact their own desires and visions. We depend on the form of improvisation to help create structures & solutions. We are a team of organizers, teachers, builders, performers, artists, cultural managers, producers & hosts. Our goal is to bring uniqueness, clear thought and spontaneous action to our yearly festival while remaining intact as a self-sufficient group and as a building community.
Focusing on all aspects of the term improvisation, we hope to give room to our visitors to participate on many levels. There is enough open space at Ponderosa to extend your mental and physical potentials into your wildest dreams.
Ponderosa is a place of constant sourcing of the theories & practices behind performance. It’s a place to come out, to show your beginnings. It’s a place to trust non-goal oriented processes. It’s an International meeting space for the living library of thoughts & ideas that are mixed within the free scene and the professional art world.
Co-curator Maria Scaroni: “Ponderosa has been hosting dance since 11 years, developing a more and more welcoming infrastructure, in the middle of the Brandenburg countryside, the deep ex East-germany, by the polish border. It is actually only 1 hour trip from Berlin. Stephanie Maher brought this place up and with it her lineage and relations with north american dance, especially very socially and physically engaged people and works from San Francisco. So the core DNA of the place is quite physical, it offers a big barn and other spaces turned into studios, a forest, a river, a sauna, a garden that produces vegetables for the entire summer for everybody. All that over layered with a really cool way of dealing with communal living (meaning that it is not some politically correct community, though people need to understand togetherness, the land, logistics), a living library and a juicy exchange with Berlin based artists, for performances, lectures, just hang out zone, where quite rich encounters and conversations take place. “