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TWO: The Art of Duet

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TWO: The Art of Duet

A dance improvisation workshop 

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Saturday 9th Dec 2023 

2-5pm

St. Martin’s Hall, Mullumbimby

In this 3- hour workshop we will explore ways of moving with a partner and developing a duet, or a shared moment of dance together.   

Drawing on principles from dance improvisation, physical theatre, contemporary dance, Body-Mind Centering®, and the Viewpoints Method,TWO: The Art of Duet will provide a safe space to investigate some of the following questions: 

  • How do we sustain the richness of our own enquiry while being open to another? 
  • How do we cultivate a state of deep listening in our entire body- to self, partner, and the world within which the dance occurs? 
  • What are the different ways we can engage with another through stillness and movement?
  • How do mirroring, contrasting and witnessing provide different pathways into our moment together, and how do these enhance the playing field? 
  • How do we celebrate diversity and difference while staying in relationship with the other?
  • How does anchoring in roles such as ‘initiator’ and ‘responder’ support the dance, and what pathways open up when these roles dissolve? 
  • What are the ways in which being witnessed alters our dance and experience thereof, from within? 
  • How can we stay ‘in’ the experience while also maintaining an awareness of compositional choices in time and space?
  • What are the strategies (conscious or unconscious) that we employ when entering, developing, and ending a dance with another? And how can we develop a wider range/skill set around that (if that is what we want)
  • How do we communicate clearly along our spectrum of Yes and No? 

WHAT TO EXPECT:

  • Solo warm-up and exploration 
  • A range of partner exercises 
  • Open space for improvisation based on the proposals made in the space
  • Paired-hands on exercises involving touch,movement and breath
  • Some wider ensemble improvisation 
  • Playful exploration and time for integration through movement and dance.

This workshop is suitable for anyone with an interest in movement, as well as for dancers, actors and practitioners who wish to infuse their practice with renewed spontaneity, freedom and receptivity.

NO PRIOR DANCE EXPERIENCE IS NECESSARY!

$70/$65

$60 Early bird before 17.11.23 


About the Practitioner: 

Noa Rotem is a director, performer, somatic movement educator and facilitator. She has worked and trained extensively in Australia and overseas as a freelance artist and with companies such as The Human Theatre, The Danger Ensemble, Little Dove Theatre Art and the SITI Company (NYC). She is a graduate of the Soma School of Body-Mind Centering ® (Paris), HaKvutzah School of Dance (Tel Aviv), the University of Sydney and of the Actor’s College. She is also a co-founder of Mullumbimby’s own MaKom Collective. 

Noa has taught widely at a range of international professional companies (eg. Metta Theatre, Manila, Queensland Ballet) tertiary institutions (eg. Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, QUT, University of Asia & The Pacific), secondary schools and youth companies

Noa's training includes Dance Improvisation, Body-Mind Centering, The Viewpoints, The Suzuki Method of Actor Training, Contemporary dance, Authentic Movement, The Morris Technique, Butoh, Gaga, Contact Improvisation, Practical Aesthetics, The Meisner Technique, and Yoga. 

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Photo of ERA by @ MaKom Collective (NORPA, 2021).

Credit @Kate Holmes


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