Workshop with David Zambrano – Fly Low and Passing Through

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

When: from 17 to 21 February 2017

Fly Low

This workshop focuses mainly on the dancer’s relationship with the
floor. The class utilizes simple movement patterns that involve
breathing, speed and the release of energy throughout the body in order
to activate the relationship between the center and the joints, moving
in and out of the ground more efficiently by maintaining a centered
state. There is a focus on the skeletal structure that will help improve
the dancers physical perception and alertness. The class includes
partnering work and movement phrases, which explore the primary laws of
physics: cohesion and expansion.

The class begins in stillness and students are asked to read their body
in a standing position. They are urged to connect their entire bodies
with the environment: the air, floor, and the energy of others, forming
an interconnection by just standing. When one is standing, the whole
room is standing with one. When one is moving, the whole room is moving
with one. The image of the body constantly spiraling, whether running,
dancing, walking dancing or standing dancing is the main practice during
the whole class. Working with spirals help the dancers go into the floor
and out of the floor with ease, and also help the dancers to see
themselves and the room from all sides. The spirals propel the class all
over the room, both on the ground and upright. This is the flying low

Passing Through

In the making of movement compositions, David Zambrano focuses on
creating and developing the dynamics for complex systems to present
leadership in the form of a group web. In science, cells do not need a
protein leader to create life. Neither does the brain need one protein
leader to create a thought. With this in mind, Zambrano thinks that
movement needs no leader in creation. The “passing through” takes
students through various exercises to manifest that same philosophy. The
group will create dynamics that will be flexible, complex, getting the
group to fit tight together, yet always keeping doors open for the
unexpected. The group moves constantly, transforming the environment of
the dance. After taking part in the “passing through” the student will
learn to instantly connect with their environment and become more
spontaneous in the making of choices as an improviser, choreographer or
dancing in someone else’s work.Zambrano uses three main exercises to
complete this training. Under, over and around enables the student to
make instantaneous creative choices as well as increases flexibility in
both the mind and body.

It is a very physical game that requires a lot of endurance in which the
full body of the student goes under, over and around the bodies of other
students. Zambrano allows no time to take to make a plan, therefore the
student learns the choosing and doing as one. By the end, dancers will
dissolve into other dancers as one with the environment. With leading
and following, the students use their bodies to constantly exchange the
roles of leader and follower. They do so unprompted, according to their
instantaneous individual needs. The student must focus on either leading
or following, how and when to make the choice to change, and how to
control their body while doing so. An image that Zambrano uses is to
lead and follow as balls of light, where there is non specific gender
and non specific front of the body. The student can never get lost
because they are constantly leading or following. From an outside
vantage point, the group give the appearance that it is moving without a
leader or a follower while truthfully, everyone is leading and/or
following. The workshop culminates when Zambrano asks the students to
see the room full of pathways – infinite system of curved pathways in a
finite environment passing through the walls, the floor, even the
bodies. These pathways go in any direction and are filled with curves,
large, medium and small curves. When any student moves, he/she becomes a
pathway. Thus the “passing through” is created into a spontaneous
composition. When the group becomes one mind, it can never get lost. The
whole group is constantly traveling, weaving their bodies inside and out
of their classmates and still always aware of the environment around them.

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Costs for participants:

Registration by 30 November 2016: 335€

Registration after 01 December 2016: 355€

Registration to two or more workshops you have the discount of 10% on
the tariff for all year.

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