An open call for Real Time Composition workshop with Mark Tompkins.

When improvising, each performer is working simultaneously on many different levels of perception: listening, watching, sensing, acting, reacting to one’s self and one’s partners. The art of real time composition resides in each performer’s ability to remain open to the wealth of internal and external impulses, and to receive, process and propose material in an uninterrupted flow of feedback. How to avoid overload, how to stay actively attentive, how to do nothing and still act? These questions are addressed through a series of improvisational games and scores that explore and develop the sensations and perceptions – touch, vision, hearing, weight. To sharpen our inner and outer concentration, we explore the notions of shifting, letting go, simultaneous time, active/passive, center/support and the roles of performer, witness and spectator.

Mark Tompkins is an American dancer, choreographer, singer and teacher. Tompkins moved to France in 1973 and discovered dance with Harry Sheppard. In 1975, he made his first solos and worked with contact improvisation icons Steve Paxton and Lisa Nelson. In 1983 he founded the Company I.D.A. S Solos, group pieces, concerts that mix dance, music, song, text and video, his way of fabricating unidentified performance objects has become his signature. Fascinated by the frictions and resonances between high and low entertainment, his performances are often inspired by popular forms like cabaret, music-hall, musicals and burlesque. At the same time, his passion for real time composition has led him to collaborate with various dancers. Renowned for his teaching, he travels around the world. In 2008, he received the SACD Choreography Prize for all his work (Society of Dramatic Authors Composers).

Where: The Red House Center for Culture and Debate, Sofia, Bulgaria

When: 21-22 April 2018

Deadline for applications: 25th March 2018.

(The applications will by answered by 28th March).

To apply, please send an email with your bio resume that presents you, your artistic biography and interest in participating in the workshop.

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The seminar is free of charge for international participants. For two approved international applicants we offer free accommodation for the days of the workshop as well as reduced tickets for the artistic programme of the 11th Antistatic International Festival for Contemporary Dance and Performance.

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