Jen Rosenblit

Absence has to be organized: a choreogrpahic workshop on mess but more, what remains.

Start at the table, use the table to put things on. Make sure there are some chairs in case you need to sit. Gather all the things and posture, I mean, position them around you.  Create the altar with yourself as central. Broadcast a scenario where your absence is noted.  You dreamed of, longed for. I barely recall you. Memorialized. please. don’t. disappear. 

Using Emily Roysdon’s proposition, “what is a transition that is not a solution”, this workshop is  concerned with making dance and performance at the moment of change.  What is that duration? How do we deal or manage in this precarity? What do we hover around, pivot on, flirt with, linger near? Can we measure or archive transformation without  rendering it obsolete? When making dance and performance how can content thrive without having to be explained by timing, sequence or the more traditional notions of what dance is and how the body can do it.  Does choreographic thought only exist on the human body? We will navigate various tangential thought processes that allow for known forms of organization to dissolve into hybrid systems that we don’t yet have names for.  Presence will be our starting point and hopefully there will be no way to record where we ended up.

Look at me Don't Look at me 
a class structure on improvisation that deals directly with language, the felt, a questioning and a widening of space.  

This gathering follows in my research and practice of improvisation, performativity and choreographic thought, allowing for an agenda to build on itself among those who are present.  Any score generated is located experientially.  The culture of the workshop maintains a dedication to improvisation in all it's glory, there is no goal for a thesis statement.  There is no word limit.  We can delete our mission statements.  We don't have to get to the point.  We will honor an interrogation of performance that understands the complexities of being looked at and all the desires and expectations that follow.  We will talk a lot.  We will improvise with our bodies and we will look at each other  There will be no pre determined guidelines for how to speak about what we do together.  The work will be to move toward understanding each other.  How do we engage and how can we engage with that?  What are our systems, considered or not, for organizing information?  The politics of organization and desire will be points of departure for the group to access if we need something to stand on.  We will consider our bodies as institutions that generate a governing order.  This is about tone, qualitative quantity, specificity without narrowing and what the needs are for those who attend. Approaching improvisation as a culture rather than aesthetic or technique, this workshop will locate (dis)organization as both a somatic and political gesture. We will hold information, experience, watch it, talk about and rearrange it. This class will consider improvisation as aggressive as technique, as rigorous as choreography and as expansive as performance is. This will be a space to move toward ideas with our complex bodies. We will follow tangential thought to move away from definition and closer to precision.
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