What arises from relating through touch when its explored within an artistic, movement-oriented context that is freed from healing intentions, sexual interaction and from a particular knowledge aesthetic? What individual and collective realities and relations are sensed in an environment where expertise can become relative?
We will play with listening to and following the presence of the ‘mind of the touch’ itself. Touch as a sense not always in relationship to hands, or another person, but also in relation to oneself, to space, to vibration, to matter and to psyche.
Methods we use are informed by Chi Kung, sounding and somatic practices, movement work with elders and by improvisational ways of approaching movement.
We pay attention and respect to the boundaries, intimacies and riskings that arise.
There will be touching, movement and reflection.
My intention is to create a studio environment where relating in mutual, specific and ambiguous ways can be practiced, questioned and enjoyed by the people present.
This workshop is for all people who have some experience with movement awareness, are open to not knowing and interested in exploring touch across differences and similarities.
Melanie Maar is a New York based dance artist from Vienna Austria. Her work explores performance in relation to reflection, uncertainty and communal phenomena through the intimacy between movement and sound, animalism and humanism, feminism and objectism, resonance and struggle in changing contexts. She was awarded the 2015 Grant to Artists from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts. Her choreographies have been presented by Danspace Project, Chocolate Factory, Laboratory Arte Alameda Mexico, Impuls Tanz Vienna and Tanzfabrik Berlin. Her writing has been published at Entkunstung.com and EU Movement Disorder Journal. Melanie is collaborating with sound artists Christian Schröder, Kenta Nagai and the performance collective Masters of Ceremony. She co-curated 2013 Moving Sounds Festival and The Movement Research Festival 2010. She has performed for and studied with artists like luciana achugar, RoseAnne Spradlin, Janet Panetta, Daria Fain, Walter Dundervill and Luis Lara Malvacias. She works with senior citizens of the Bronx, teaches workshops internationally for dance people, is currently faculty at Movement Research and a recent guest teacher at The New School/Lang College NY. http://www.foundationforcontemporaryarts.org/recipients/melanie-maar