Workshop with Yoshiko Chuma at POOL – INTERNATIONALES TanzFilmFestival POOL

Where: DOCK 11, Kastanienallee 79, 10435 Berlin, Germany

When: 8th – 10th September 2021

“the worst thing is that we cast a blind eye to catastrophes that aren’t even what we think they are”

Workshop with Yoshiko Chuma

September 8th – 10th, 2021
10 – 11.30 am
Theater hall of DOCK 11

Participants will work on shifting concepts from the two dimensional 3:4 rectangle to the body. The investigation process of transformation from intellectual concepts to physical movements will be an exercise for both the brain and the body. We will use our own gestures, words, images and experiences to create movement. Dance is a monologue, flowing resistance activity using dance to deliver a delicate and powerful message. How do these practices speak to urgent political and global issues today?

Participants will be asked to bring a smartphone, a laptop and 10 ordinary props (e.g. plastic cups, weather bottles, hat, sunglasses…).

Workshop Fee: 70 €

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Yoshiko Chuma (conceptual artist, choreographer/artistic director of The School of Hard Knocks) has been a firebrand in the post-modern dance scene of New York City since the 1980s, has been consistently producing thought-provoking work that is neither dance nor theater nor film nor any other pre-determined category. She is an artist on her own journey, a path that has taken her to over 40 “out of the way” countries and collected over 2000 artists, thinkers and collaborators of every genre since establishing her company in New York City in 1980. The School of Hard Knocks was founded as a company of diverse backgrounds. Its purpose is to create, perform, encourage and sponsor experimental and multi-disciplinary and multi-media work. The School of Hard Knocks is an ongoing phenomenon—its shape as diverse as the situations the company performs in—from street performances to formal theatre/dance concerts to large scale spectacles. Company activities include an annual New York season, ongoing development and rehearsal of new works, and performances/residencies and collaborations with local artists on tour throughout the United States, East and Central Europe, Asia, Middle East, and South America.

Over the course of the company’s history, more than 2,000 people have performed under Chuma’s direction. Notable international performers have been involved in the School of Hard Knocks over its 40 year history, including Stephen Petronio, Vicky Schick, Jodi Melnick, David Zambrano, Sasha Waltz, Sarah Michelson, DD Dorvillier, Allyson Green, Miriam Parker, Simon Courchel, John Jasperse, David Dorfman, and many others.

Between 1979 and 1982 Yoshiko Chuma directed seven films on 16 mm, that were shown for the very first time in Europe at POOL Shine.

Photo: Portrait of Yoshiko Chuma by Elizabeth Kresch

Registration: Sarah Möller

Costs for participants: 70 €

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