LIGHT SHADOW BODIES | IN THE SHADOW OF THE BODY, a Research and Creation Dance Lab Workshop directed by the Rafael Alvarez | BODYBUILDERS

Where: Micadanses, Paris

When: 18 and 19 May 2018

Deadline for applications: 10 May 2018

Research and Choreographic Creation Workshop Lab
with Rafael Alvarez | BODYBUILDERS (Portugal)May 18 & 19> Micadanses, PARIS
(Friday 18: 00-20: 00 + Saturday 16: 00-18: 00)

This workshop lab aims the development of movement proposals and choreographic composition possibilities exploring the body’s relationships with light (or darkness) and shadow. In a game of body-shadowlight dialogues, we will construct movement landscapes and choreographic sketches inspired by Junichirô Tanizaki’s “The Praise of the Shadow” and under the influence of the recent research and creation choreographic project developed by the choreographer Rafael Alvarez | BODYBUILDERS in Tokyo and around Japanese aesthetics (WAVE Project: IN THE RANGE OF A WAVE, 2018 and IN THE WAVE OF DISTANCE, 2019).

We will discover possibilities to create haikus with the body. The body and its shadows are revealed in a dance of ephemeral rituals of absence and presence, in and out of the light.

“I believe that beauty is not a substance in itself, but nothing but a drawing of shadows, a play of clear-obscure produced by the juxtaposition of various substances”.
(“The Praise of the Shadow“, Junichirô Tanizaki)

The creative autonomy of the participants will be encouraged, with a focus on a process of sharing, research, and creation.

* Each participant must bring a light projector, a lamp or a flashlight.

“In front of the lightning –
Sublime is the one
Who knows nothing ”
(Haiku, Matsuo Bashõ)

This research and creation workshop lab is open to participants of all ages and from all levels – amateurs and/or professionals, wishing to develop their creative methodologies through contemporary dance languages and deepen improvisation and composition tools.


Workshop Location:
15, 16 et 20 Rue Geoffroy l’Asnier (Marais)
75004 Paris
Metro: Saint Paul, Hôtel de Ville (L1) ou Pont Marie (L7)

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Costs for participants: 25€

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