Open level workshops
Rosalind Crisp's dance methodology could be called choreographic improvisation. It is a dynamic set of principles and practical tools that dancers can use to pay attention to the act of dancing - making dance in real-time, with and from the materiality of their own bodies.
The body is 'prepared' with a focus on breath, weight and sensation. Held tension and schematic patterns are undone and attention is brought to the materiality of the body itself. Compositional choices (textures, tones, images, body parts... ) and choreographic improvisation tools and parameters guide the dancer, for example, initiating from one surface of the body at a time. Awareness includes the whole body and is simultaneously localised, enabling the dancer to initiate from any part of the body at any time – parts that may be anatomically divided or fictitiously separated. Processes like flow, delay and rupture also assist the dancer to detach from presenting 'moves' and focus her attention on the continual emergence of, and shaping of the dance, in a shared and porous relationship with her audience.
Crisp's practice undoes the hegemony of movement patterns inscribed in dancers' bodies. She skills dancers to understand the presence of these histories in their bodies and how to continually renegotiate them in the dancing. Her tools are constantly evolving, constituting a rigorous and recognisable model for artistic self-learning. Her workshops offer processes by which dancers may guide themselves as independent creative agents.
In her Advanced Labs Rosalind Crisp shares deeper concerns, processes & questions arising from her artistic practice. She works with the body as a generative and intra-subjective environment in perpetual dialogue with its own choreographer, and deals with the possibility of art revealing processes instead of static entities.
Examples of areas explored in Advanced Labs are:
undoing dance from the hegemony of history / attention flow, lag & rupture / embodied imagination & the undomesticated body / plunging into the vast vat of bodily materials / picking over the rubble of dance's failed obsession with movements - through dancing / material body meets fictional body / why dancers move so much and other troubles with dance…
For over thirty years Rosalind Crisp has been dancing with and from the materiality of her body - the heavy weights that are continually present (gravity, flesh, breath, contents...) and the ephemerals (attention, imagination, and how things are constantly changing).
Her Advanced Labs offer dancers and dancer/choreographers who are familiar with her choreographic improvisation method, the artistic support for sustaining a long-term practice as an artist.
APRIL 8 -12 (arrive 7th)
ORBOST (Vic, Australia)
LAB - what can dance do?
JANUARY 2 - 3
DECEMBER 2 - 3
NOVEMBER 18 - 22
NOVEMBER 9 - 10
CARDIFF (Wales, UK)
NOVEMBER 5 - 6
NOVEMBER 2 - 3
JULY 19 - 22
FEBRUARY 25 – MARCH 1
FEBRUARY 23 – 24
FEBRUARY 4 – 7
JANUARY 27 – FEBRUARY 1
with Rosalind Crisp & Andrew Morrish
Art Stations Foundation
JANUARY 2 – 6
Advanced Lab with Rosalind Crisp
DECEMBER 27 – 30
Past Workshops & Labs
Since establishing Omeo Dance studio in Sydney in 1996, Rosalind Crisp has been teaching her method in:
Omeo Dance studio Sydney / Critical Path Sydney / ReadyMadeWorks Sydney / Dancehouse Melbourne / VCA University of Melbourne / QUT Brisbane / STRUT Perth / Orbost Mechanics Institute Victoria / Tathra NSW.
Centre de Développement Chorégraphique National (CDCN) Atelier de Paris – Carolyn Carlson / CDCN du Val de Marne / CDCN de Grenoble / Centre national de la danse Paris / Centre Chorégraphique National (CCN) de Franche-Comté à Belfort / CCN de Grenoble / CCN de Roubaix Nord-Pas-de-Calais / Micadanses Paris / Menagerie de Verre Paris / Le Gymnase Roubaix-Lille.
Tanzfabrik / LaborGras / Uferstudios / ImproXchange
Culture of Change Zagreb Croatia / Art Stations Foundation Poznan Poland / Dance Limerick Ireland / IndependentDance London / The Workroom Glasgow / London Contemporary Dance School / Trinity Laban London / Zodiak Helsinki / Tanzhaus Zurich / Trois C-L Luxembourg / Les Rencentres Professionels Geneva.
.... to name a few