Art Factory International

Jiří Pokorný Workshop
Kidd Pivot Improvisation Tools and Crystal Pit

Where: Art Factory International – Via della Casa Buia 4/A Bologna 40129, Italy

When: 11 and 12 december time: 10.00 – 15.00

This workshop focuses on the study and practice of movement methodology and repertory by choreographer Crystal Pite. Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills and embody artistic intelligence through improvisation and set choreography.
The improvisation sessions will insist on revealing and uncovering articulations and timings in the body while the repertoire sessions will spotlight specific excerpts which the participants will be invited to learn, examine and experience.
KIDD PIVOT / Improvisation Tools
The improvisation session focuses on discovering and revealing articulations and timings in the body. The class begins with a warm-up as participants articulate deeply through the body in stages, starting from the spine and working towards the extremities. Participants work at their own pace, exploring kinetic relationships both within their own bodies and to the space around them. The class is explorative and non-performative: its focus is on the play between analysis and instinct, and the use of improvisation both as a tool and an experience. This workshop is influenced by mindfulness techniques as well as by more than 20 years of collaboration
CRYSTAL PITE / Repertory
This workshop is designed to allow dancers to be initiated to the work and artistry of choreographer Crystal Pite. The session spotlights specific excerpts which the participants will be invited to learn, examine and experience. Focus will be given to many aspects of her dance making such as clarity, articulation, speed, intense physicality, and the idea of being danced.
Jiri Pokorny is a Czech choreographer based in The Hague, Netherlands.
He graduated from the Prague National Dance Conservatory.
in 2000 and went on dancing with Laterna Magika in Prague.
Three years later he joined Nederlands Dans Theater 2 in The Hague
and continued his carrier with NDT1. After seven years in NDT, Jiri joined Vancouver based company KiddPivot under the leadership of Canadian choreographer Crystal Pite. Jiri has worked with many
renowned choreographers such as Jiri Kylian, Mats Ek, Ohad Naharin, Paul
Lightfoot, Sol Leon and Crystal Pite among others. Jiri has performed in prestigious theatres worldwide, including Paris Opera, Sadler’s Wells London, Teatro Real Madrid, Teatro Liceu Barcelona, Joyce Theatre New York and many more.
In 2013, Jiri transitioned on to making his own works as a freelance
choreographer and since then he has collaborated with companies and
production houses across Europe and North America. To name few, he created pieces for NDT, Aterballetto in Italy, Basel Ballet, National Theater Mannheim, Budapest Dance
Theatre, Chamber Ballet Prague, North West Dance Project in Portland ( US ) and
Korzo productions in the Hague.
Jiri’s engagement with dance education has also its importance due to a
numerous collaborations with dance schools such as Royal Conservatory in The Hague, Juilliard School in New York, Arts Umbrella Vancouver, NDT’s Summer
Intensive and Architanz Tokyo.
Jiri directs his own educational program for young choreographers The Pioneer Project in Korzo Theatre, The Hague.

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Costs for participants: 130€

Contact details: Art Factory International
Via della Casa Buia 4/A
Bologna – Italy

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