Scientists are discovering that earth’s organisms are more intelligent and complex than previously credited with higher communication skills, self-awareness, empathetic capacity and collaboration between and across species. In the current social climate, those seem to be the things that humans need to work on.
How can we learn from all forms of nature — from microbes up the scale to plants and animals? How can we tap into some of these ideas with our own bodies?
In this workshop, we will try on other organisms’ physicality, find new ways to communicate and sense each other, experiment with pattering, and move through space symbiotically. Through scientific findings, gentle bodily exercises, visualization, improvisation, and perhaps a little choreography, we will direct our attention to non-human bodies and learn from how they interact with each other.
This workshop is appropriate for dancers and people who like to move who are open to experimentation and have a sense of curiosity.
Flora Wiegmann is a Los Angeles-based dancer and choreographer. After a year at the Laban Centre in London, she earned her BA in Dance from Columbia College, Chicago and got her MFA from UCLA in 2007. She works in both live performance and film, often making research-based work that is specific to its particular site. Her projects have been presented at the ICA, Philadelphia; The Kitchen, New York; the California Biennial, Newport Beach; The Hammer Museum and the Music Center, Los Angeles, Midway Contemporary, Minneapolis; The David Roberts Foundation and The Camden Arts Centre, London; The Banff Center for Creativity in Canada, and Université Rennes in France. She is co-founder of the Laboratory for Embodied Intelligences with Nina Waisman where they have been translating scientific research in the field of astrobiology into movement since 2016.