Embodying semantic is a new methodology that takes its starting point from the creative process of the performance, ‘Hardly Ever’ by Francesco Scavetta.

Where: Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts, Tanumshede, Sweden

When: 2 – 6 September 2019

Francesco Scavetta (NO/SE/IT)
Embodying semantic

Embodying semantic is a new methodology that takes its starting point from the creative process of the performance, ‘Hardly Ever’.
In the workshop, after time dedicated to grounding physical references, procedures such as SHOW and TELL / TELL and SHOW will be explored as powerful tools for creativity and performativity, and for articulating dramaturgical paths and conceptual landscapes.
In ‘Embodying Semantic’, the body of the performer is understood as a fiction upon which an endless possibility of fictions can be written.
Through different tasks, the participants will be invited to continuously manipulate their fictional worlds and creations using verbal statements and physical answers. Participants will engage in physical cartography that can continuously formulate new meanings, connecting forms with significances we did not know were previously connected.

Scavetta has developed a reputation on the international dance scene for his wildly inventive work, playful humor and subversive intelligence and his company Wee is at the forefront of the Nordic dance scene. Established in Oslo in 1999, together with dancer Gry Kipperberg, Wee has produced 22 of Scavetta’s performances and toured in 37 countries -in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, North, Central, and South America.
Wee’s creations have changed in format and aesthetic, yet they have continuously explored what theatre and performance can mean in contemporary life.
The core of the company’s investigation deals with fragility and paradox, epiphany and dream, empathy and surprise, avoiding narrative and physical cliché, while questioning reality and identity with humoristic disbelief.
“Wee creates performances that can engage and amaze, can evoke empathy and twist expectations, that can be both poetic and unusual, and that we experience as a challenge first of all for ourselves: that surprises us, as much as it talks to us and about us.”
More info: “http://wee-francescoscavetta.no“:http://wee-francescoscavetta.no


TOWARDS is a cycle of intensive workshops that include physical praxis, evening lectures, video screenings and live performances. It’s the metaphor of aiming at something – to expose and engage ourselves in physical investigations and conceptual challenges that can foster creativity and encourage discoveries. TOWARDS sees pedagogy as a continuous intellectual provocation, an occasion for inspiration through paradoxes and awakenings and as a desire to overturn common sense and question what we have learned.
TOWARDS is a state of mind. It means not being there yet, being on the move, being on the way. It’s a constant rediscovery and involves being aware that distance starts from proximity: that to go far, we have to start from close by. From here. From where we are. We take many small steps and see how things transform. It’s a kind of utopia of the body where the result is unimportant: it’s about the challenge. It’s not taking anything for granted, enjoying the departures more than the arrivals and experiencing the emotion of each new beginning.
To be TOWARDS means to have passion and discipline, curiosity and carefulness, eagerness and patience. It’s to learn that sometimes it is more important to forget than to remember. It’s erasing expectations by pushing the reset button and starting again. It’s about not being acquiescent with where we are, but rather remaining curious to move somewhere else. It’s about finding silence in the body that can transform the way we understand the movements we embody. It’s simple to set out, even without a destination.

TOWARDS is the desire for an epiphany of vision. It’s the need to go beneath the surface and search for innocence and the ability to be amazed. It’s about treasuring moments that bear small revelations with great simplicity, seriousness and (why not), a sense of humor.

TOWARDS offers the occasion to explore the work of renowned international artists, gaining an insight into their practice and methodologies as well the philosophical and poetic worlds that trigger their creative research.

The project started in August 2018 with Julyen Hamilton’s workshop, ‘Making Dances – compositional and poetic richness’.

In 2019, the workshops will be organized in three blocks of two weeks. Each week will include:
– a lecture for sharing theoretical reflections
– evening video screenings
– a final performative event

TOWARDS is curated by Francesco Scavetta and organised by Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts, in collaboration with Sekoia – Artes Performativas.


Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts (CPA) was established in 2012 in Tanumshede, on the Swedish west coast, almost in the middle between Oslo and Goteborg. Surrounded by countryside, Vitlycke – CPA is located in a UNESCO protected area, visited for its famous Bronze Age stone carvings and is neighbour to the Vitlycke Museum.
Vitlycke – Centre for Performing Arts is a place for investigation and creation, for research, training and education. It is a place where companies can concentrate on their creations in a calm rural environment in the middle of nature, detached from the rhythm of the city.
A platform where artists can meet, rehearse and share their works.

To register, fill this form: https://forms.gle/DSd97pCoDxKMtUxaA

Costs for participants: 270€ (the price includes the workshop, lecture, performance and accommodation. Accommodation for limit number of participants.)

Contact details: e-mail: towards@vitlycke.org

For further information, please visit https://vitlycke.org

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