There is another edition of Wonderland (music and dance performance for kids and parents), this afternoon at Oostblok theatre, Amsterdam. I will perform with some lovely musicians and dancers. Grab your kids and be there!
Originally posted on Genetic Choir:
From noise to music and back, is it a question of the mind and it’s perspective? It certainly is an experience we recognise in the Genetic Choir work: Many voices that are creating a noise-wall of sound will become more musically distinct purely by the joint effort of singers and audience members to listen more closely or changing their listening position.
A new blogpost on the lovely website everydaylistening.com yesterday describes the “Microtonal Wall” of Tristan Perich. And in the description of it makes the above statement: Noise is something which exists in our minds only – we just can’t keep track of all the different things happening at once, so it becomes “noise”. (whole blogpost is here)
The inspiring thing about this aspect of noise/music when talking about live performance is that it creates a much more reciprocal relationship between performers and listeners when instant composing: Singers of…
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It’s a week with Genetic Choir activity in two very different (sub)cultural contexts. Come and listen!
Late Night Concert on international festival for improv theatre, IMPRO Amsterdam
Be_Hacker Sound Performance on Minikunstfestival 2015
Entrance: free / Doors Gallery open at 8pm, start performance at 9pm – More info: click here
This Monday I will be dancing in Bimhuis again, this time with Anne LaBerge on flute/electronics, Wilbert de Joode on double-bass, Ben Brown on drums, Hartyáni Gábor on cello and Lisa Simpson on sewing machine (!!!). My fellow dancers will be Kenzo Kusuda, Kim Hoogterp, Rita Vilhena and Alma Sua Lindenhovius. Ellen Knops will be on lights.
All brought together by Ben and Alma, who are curating the evening.
Looking forward to it. Let’s have a great opening of this new year of interdisciplinary improvised performance!
5th of January 2015, 20:30, Bimhuis, Amsterdam
This is going to be an exciting year! :-)
Originally posted on Genetic Choir:
The new year is approaching, and here is an overview of when and where to experience the Genetic Choir In 2015 (concerts, workshops, projects). Some concrete dates for the next few month and some glass-bowl looking for other things to come…
17+18 January 2015 – 10:30-17:00 – OLD SONGS, NEW SONGS (open workshop sessions)
29 January 2015 – 22:30 – LATE NIGHT CONCERT in the Compagnietheater, hosted by international theatre improv festival IMPRO Amsterdam
31 January 2015 – 13:00-16:00 – Genetic Choir taster workshop on IMPRO Amsterdam
1 March 2015 — GENETIC CHOIR ONE-DAY SESSION (open workshop session)
21+22 March 2015 — SPACE / SOUND / BODIES , 10:30-17:00 (open workshop sessions)
13+14 June 2015 — RHYTHM AND TIME(ING) , 10:30-17:00 (open workshop sessions)
PROJECTS IN THE PIPELINE FOR 2015:
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Instant composition performance and aikido principles – I explored this theme for one weekend with some dedicated dancers and aikidoka’s in October, and we now decided to pick a date directly for a 2nd edition in February!
You are welcome to join us.
Experience in either improvisation dance or aikido required (at least one of the two). Tell us you are interested by also telling us a bit about your experience – apply through the website of Dansimprovisatie Utrecht.
The Moment of Contact
7 + 8 February 2015, 10:30-16:30 – Utrecht
Aikido training has many things in common with Contact Improvisation (strong sense of centre, flow, yielding to the partner’s movement) but being a martial art, some things are decidedly different. The fact that you work with an opponent means that timing and distance are crucial. The moment of contact, or more precisely the moment just before the contact is where everything is decided.
As timing is also crucial for improvisation performers, we will spend this weekend researching timing, flow and making bold decisions (at the right time :-) ).
In aikido, it is the moment where you either yield to your partner (becoming one) or pro-actively move in, creating a new situation. Therefore, it is also a moment that asks for unhesitant action. In dance improvisation we sometimes loose ourselves in the flow of movement, which in performance context can become problematic. Aikido training teaches us to combine flow with crisp choices and our openness/availability to ‘what is’ with the courage to seize the moment and make it your own.
This workshop is recommended for all physical improvisers who want to strengthen their ability to instantly compose, but also for aikido practitioners who are interested in dance improvisation. Would be exciting to have a mixed group of improvisers and aikidoka’s on this weekend!
There’s another edition of Wonderland tomorrow (Saturday 13th) in MLK Amsterdam where I will be dancing & ‘musicking’ along with some very fine colleagues and a lot of kids: