Starting from the landscape of Blanca, Meg Stuart will develop a week long!!! exchange of sharing, experimentation and exercises that playfully invites the collective consciousness of nature to speak to us as we move, bury, dig up and unfurl our humanity and emotions about the state of things. We will frame this exchange in intimate and formal encounters with each other as we merge with the natural environment.
The workshop is aimed at people from all fields and disciplines interested in improvisation used as a strategy to explore body memory as well as physical and emotional states.
Born in New Orleans, Meg Stuart is a choreographer and dancer who lives and works in Berlin and Brussels. The daughter of theatre directors, she began dancing and acting at an early age in California and regularly performed in her parents’ productions and those made by family friends. She made her first dance studies as a teenager focussing on simple movement actions. Stuart decided to move to New York in 1983 and studied dance at New York University. She continued her training at Movement Research where she explored numerous release techniques and was actively involved in the downtown New York dance scene.
Stuart’s choreographic work revolves around the idea of an uncertain body, one that is vulnerable and self-reflexive. Through improvisation, Stuart explores physical and emotional states or the memories of them. In the book Are we here yet? (2010), she reflects on her practice in a conversation with Jeroen Peeters and describes the exercises, tasks and narratives that she uses in workshops and as part of the creative process.