A 30 min practical workshop with Kate Lawrence, 'Listening to Dance'. In this session I would like to share a project I am currently working on, that began in 2016, in collaboration with photonics scientist, Ray Davies. Yn y Golau/In-visible Light investigates the science of light and its existence in the natural world, such as the burning heat of the sun, the earth’s position in the ‘goldilocks zone’ and the bioluminescence of the undersea creatures. One of the central concerns of this work is how to deliver experiences of dance to those who can’t see. This focus has led to some enlightening insights for me, shifts in my perception of how dance might be experienced and how I can choreograph differently from this awareness. I hope to explore this with you in ways that attune us more closely to senses beyond the visual and explore opportunities for varied interpretations.
Presentation by Next Generation Vertical Dance artists:
Esther Wrobel (Denmark) I’ve been creating Vertical Dance works in Denmark since 2008 . Everything about Vertical Dance makes sense to me and is something I really love. Three things in particular: 1. It connects the impossible with the possible. 2. It allows dance and acrobatics to meet. 3. It can give a new meaning to any place. I have tried to enhance these three aspects of VD in the work that I do whether for the stage or outdoors. Lately, I focus more on the participatory aspect, wanting to bring the audience closer and immerse them in the bodily experience of being in an ‘alternate’ gravity. I’m currently doing an MFA research where I am asking: How can I share the experience of an alternate gravity? I am experimenting with setups to invite 'normal' people into the wondrous body experience of vertical dance. This brings a new layer of joy to what VD is capable of. In the presentation I will share a video sampling from the past and focusing on the present and talk a little more about the counterweight system I am working with.