MODULE DESCRIPTIONS for SUMMER IN PUGLIA
- playful experiments, experiential method development and informed practice
A life practice: FOCUS Intersections, warp/weft nexus, webs, nets, roundabouts, meetings, exchanges, arriving departures and vice versa. Human macro and micro-movements reflect this universal fractal architecture; from the bilateral, liquid crystal weave of our fascial structures to the way our bodies swing, push, pull and intersect with the world.
Every day we will investigate a topic from the Axis Syllabus information pool in several ways: inventing new practices, do and observe improvisation, discussion and moving together.
ARMS FROM THE HEART
Beginning with the support foundation for the heart, the diaphragm-psoas nexus, connective, interwoven bands of elastic tissue span, sleuth, glide and brace out to reaching or grappling hands.
The nerves have infiltrated the whole, setting up relays for fast track messaging and providing further elastic or muscular connection.
The bones wrap the lung heart matrix in a loving and protective embrace, extending that embrace to or defending itself from the universe.
This class will propose sophisticated ways to harness the sheer power of the arms to turn and fly
active dialogue with the ground
This workshop will center on the interaction between our structure and the earth or other elements in our environment. Touching, pouring, reacting, adapting and resisting are some activities that express themselves in circular trajectories when we move. Coordination challenges reveal that all these actions are inherently linked to each other and build the pretext or reaction for dealing with the constant attraction of our mass with gravity.
- developing empathy for human structure and activity
Movement on planet earth. Always has been. Likely to continue for the foreseeable future. The planet, even the galaxy is always in motion and even our ground that we rely on has always been moving. They all have their own laws that we can partially measure or observe. The human body has developed under these physical laws, refined and aided through the development of traditional methods and scientific investigation. This period in human philosophical history has brought us away from pat dogma of the Moral Age into the Ethical Age, precipitating an ongoing process of discovery, giving us new motivation, deepening or correcting our understanding the human body and its movement potential.
İn this context I invite you to intimately experience your physical structure and work along certain lines that respect current understandings of anatomy and physiology. The Axis Syllabus will serve as an information resource for the development of empathetic movement material: empathy for possibilities, empathy limitations as well.
Respect for and knowledge of the body and rigor in the application of that knowledge offers us the possibility to harness gravitation and mechanical forces, to fill the room beyond the limits of skin and the body's dimensions to radiate into the world.
WALK THE BEAT
- basic rhythmical understanding and coordination through walking mechanics
Walking is a practice common to all human beings and cultures. Walking could therefore be thought of as the matrix for all traditional dances.
This fundamental gesture, that has so profoundly shaped our species, allows us a trans-disciplinary access portal to the moving human body, to its cellular memory, it's individual and collective identity.
Walking is also a profoundly polyrhythmical action: the alternance of the shift of weight expressed by our feet, the offbeat pulse of our knees, the melody of the undulations of the spine and swing of the arms, not to mention all the different accents and rhythmical colors that we can make while we walk according to our objectives and mood…
We will use the anatomical and bio-mechanical tools offered by the Axis Syllabus as well as some basic rhythmical principles to analyze the body's subtle structural relationships.
Starting from a promenade, we will move into a dance that can expand these principles in time and space.
TOOLS FOR HUMAN MOVEMENT ANALYSIS
The Human Movement Alphabet is a universal writing system for describing, documenting, evaluating and composing human movement patterns and possibilities. It allows to radically narrow our focus on directionality, support systems, anatomical movements, muscular activity, mechanical forces, timing, and so on. As a process oriented self-educational tool, it can facilitate the enhancement of movement skills through the acquisition of analytical competences. If used strategically, it serves as a complement to learning through imitation. What we will do:
We will discuss scientific, anatomical and biomechanical information from the Axis Syllabus archive using the symbols from the Human Movement Alphabet as a cypher. We will provide impulses for your personal learning methodology by sharing some of our own through scores, exercises and games. We will attentively watch, record, analyze, identify, name and document movement patterns using appropriate terminology and coding symbols. Please, bring paper, color pencils, your personal cell phone for video recording, and your inquisitive spirit.
BODY TO BODY
I look at my body insistently, soon I will ask it to modify his structure to lose that neutrality. I will ask it to change, to expand, to grow new appendices, to be something else. (inspired by P.P Campanini)
I will share thoughts, practices, scores that i am developing in my artistic research within my artistic collective Myelin Zone. We will focus to prepare the body for encounters both with human and non human partners, we will explore the concept of agency, we will enjoy shifting the borders of what we perceive as “us” and what it’s not.
"FINE SPINE" - options for spinal integrity
a composition of hard and elastic material
a complex organ at our very core
a continuous chain that connects us from the head down to the pelvis
The spine manages to offer us a wide variety of options on how to move head, torso and pelvis. In concert with arms and legs, these 3 body parts become expressive instruments, recounting many stories of our own and the lives of others as well. How can we tell tales about ourselves and the environment using our spine as the main articulating center of the body? I would like to offer a look at some of the options we have inside us and create a more conscious relationship with our spine. We will use movement and dance as a means to explore, improvise with different attention and playfully discover new tales about ourselves.
RESOURCES I MAKE
In this module we will focus on appropriate and effective strategies to teach, communicate and transmit information about the moving body. A 2 hour, guided class offered every day by one of the facilitators will serve as a sample to start our investigation.
Moreover we will offer a frame which includes assessment skills, proposals for teaching, games and improvisation for enhancing attention and offer space to try and discover.
The lab is open to anyone interested in expanding their movement transmission skills for various disciplines and anyone who is curious to experiment with different communication modalities.
Morning Awakening - Internal and External tuning
Every morning Francesca and Baris will propose a topic from the Axis Syllabus information pool to investigate ways in which anatomical and biomechanical pointers can be applied to various locomotive or otherwise physically demanding circumstances, such as walking and running on uneven terrain, lifting or carrying heavy weight, or climbing a tree.
HAND CLAD FEET - practicality, durability, flexibility, anatomical support, style
Frey will teach you the basics of shoe making, including anatomy-friendly design, cutting, gluing, sewing and finishing techniques.To participate in this workshop, you must prepare:
- think about and acquire: materials for closure: buttons, buckles, laces, zippers...etc.
- make a model of your foot - click here for a tutorial - acquire and bring your materials and tools:
Thin, flexible leather for upper parts, about 3 sq m
Thin, tough leather for the soles and heels
Light, thin rubber sheets for the soles
Thick waxed cotton thread
4 large tubes of contact glue
Heavy duty scissors
Large blunt needle
“A tension develops between what I want and what is emerging. This tension is important to the feeling of the piece.” Andy Goldsworthy
Francesca and Baris will propose a subtle, mentally and physically stimulating inquest into internal and external con- ditions. They have prepared a variety of engaging games and perspective shifting tasks that disturb and refresh view-point and offer grounds for renewed understanding, awareness and choice of options. This session is meant as a key-in to tune into the self, and tune oneself to the local environment, to the others present, to the larger biosphere, the planet, the uni- verse....They will accompany you in transforming this experience into a creative journey, assisting you in an artistic re elaboration that we will share at the end of the session.
RHYTHM, SONGS and STORIES from BENIN
If Eric Acakpo is granted his travel visa, he will be on hand to share his deep knowledge of Beninese culture, a thought-provoking and inspiring journey into an ancient yet timeless repository of the allegorical wisdom of the FA (Yoruba geomancy).