Water, Forest, Concrete (WFC) is a 5-day retreat that integrates physical training, theory, choreography and material experimentation, in synergy with various natural and human-made environments.

Where: ReMo Studio and surroundings, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

When: Dates: 28 June to 2 July (5 days) (arrival 27th June, departure 3rd July)

Deadline for applications: Till completed: 8 places available

Water, Forest, Concrete (WFC) is a 5-day retreat that integrates physical training, theory, choreography and material experimentation, in synergy with various natural and human-made environments. An interdisciplinary, creative and conscious experience within diverse landscapes, guided by choreographer / designer Javier Murugarren and movement coach/writer Daniel Eagles.

This residential retreat will be based at ReMo Studio; a movement studio, atelier and performance space in Amsterdam North.

This process invites participants to enter into a process of personal exploration within a collective group, offering a unique program that enhances new and intuitive connections to 3 different environments: Water, Forest and Urban Spaces. The exposure to these environments will allow a deeper, more embodied relationship with both ‘nature’ and public space.

WATER: weightlessness, flow, breathe, respect, unfolding, transcend

FOREST: landscape, earthing, camouflage, discover, flourish, observe
, root, respect

URBAN SPACE: manifest, architecture, expose, incorporate, construct, intervene, interrupt

The visual and performative work will use both brought and found materials, props, objects and surroundings as a starting point to develop physical, visual, sonic and dialectical associations. Participants will work in groups and individually to generate studies; compositions in text, movement and image work within diverse natural and self-constructed settings.

Dialogue, collaboration and the ‘individuation’ of each participant is central to the process. That being said, there will be a clear structure through which the group will be guided; providing ample time for rest, informal creation and exploration of the natural and urban areas, as well as deep, concentrated work for several hours each day.

This retreat is open to people of all disciplines who want to investigate both physical and creative languages in connection with their (forever changing) environments. Performing and visual artists, designers, researchers, writers, movers, athletes and dancers, musicians and creatives from diverse backgrounds will be able to find and rethink working methodologies and inspiration in this process.

Our morning trainings will include body weather, calisthenics, mindfulness, yoga, partner games, body work and various approaches to movement and voice research. Creative sessions will follow, utilising visual perception and awareness, improvisation, compositional exercises and translation methods. There will be specific times during the day for personal creative work, rest and sharing of participants’ realities.

**There will be short performance/showcases/expositions opportunities on Thursday & Saturday evenings
Daily Environmental Theme (depending on weather conditions, subject to change)

In this meeting, we will also pay special attention to food, offering a complete and healthy vegetarian cuisine, attending to the needs of each person. We will learn and celebrate various well-loved recipes at ReMo Studio and embrace those of the participants also. Participants will be involved in food preparation and maintenance of the space. Accommodation will be in shared rooms and utilise the dance floor also for extra space if required.

Technical requirements:
A sketchbook, pens/pencils, camera or smartphone with a small tripod, a (optional) small bag with a selection of materials that inspire you and/or with which you want to work (meaningful objects, garments, fabrics). Natural and waste materials can be collected in the environment also. For the training, bring a yoga mat if possible, sports shoes for practicing outdoors and comfortable clothes; plus, everything you consider necessary for a 5-day stay, including a sleeping bag if possible. We advise you to pack light, so that everything fits in a medium size backpack.

*If you want to take part in this retreat, we ask you to write a short text telling us a little bit about your process including the reasons why you want to come.

**For Amsterdam residents and locals looking to attend, feel free to contact us regarding accommodation and/or fees
Contact: Daniel Eagles //+31687101599 // danieleagles4@gmail.com to confirm your place

This laboratory will be facilitated by Javier Murugarren and Daniel Eagles

Javier Murugarren is a multidisciplinary artist working with choreographic experimentation, bringing movement together with textiles, sound and language. Besides numerous collaborations, his performance works have been presented in venues such as Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Saatchi gallery and V&A museum (London), and Casa Encendida (Madrid), Tic Tac Art centre (Brussels) among others. He has facilitated creative processes and workshops worldwide.
www.hobelasai.com / www.remostudio.nl

Daniel Eagles is a movement coach, writer, philosopher and barefoot runner. He is a dedicated student of the Ido Portal Method and the creator of the Tao Of Movement, combining multiple movement disciplines into a unique and integrated weekly practice, as well as other ‘Taoist’ Rituals and Public Performances. Daniel also leads (barefoot) running rituals and adventures, and writes and publishes his own modern take on Taoism, Zen Buddhism and Sufism in the form of blogs, philosophy collections, poetry and novellas. He also recently began training (and creating) as a shoe-maker.

How to register:
For information and registration send a mail to: danieleagles4@gmail.com

Costs for participants:
Price: €600
Early Bird: €500 (if you register before 1st May)
Includes: Workshop, Food for the entire retreat and Stay

For further information, please visit https://www.remostudio.nl

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