In the frame of the 2022 Residance program PLAST - Slovak Contemporary Dance Platform and Yasen Vasilev invite you to participate in Introduction to NUTRICULA, a free movement research workshop, based on a 7-year long international movement research, followed by A Score for an Empty Swimming Pool, a week of collective research practice, leading to а public presentation.
Location: Telocvičňa - Dance Residencies Centre, Nová Cvernovka
Sept 29-30 - 14:00 - 19:00 (with 1 hour break)
3. - 4.10. //14:00 - 18:00
5.-7.10. // 16:00 - 20:00
10.10. //14:00 - 18:00
Preparation: Oct 10,
Public presentation/showing: Oct 11
**Number of participants: 6 - 10 for the final presentation / more for the intro workshop
The workshop is suitable for professional dancers, performers, actors, dramaturgs but is also open to people without any professional stage experiences. The workshop includes movement exercises, critical discussions, creative writing and an introduction to the structure of thephysical solo.
**The workshop is free of charge.
IMPOSSIBLE ACTIONS puts the performers through a series of tasks that aim to test and re-imagine the limits and functions of the body and deconstruct (un)conscious habits of movement. The work aims to liberate the body and its movements from meanings imposed on them. The work deals with the dynamic between global and local within the performer's body, with the ways the socio-political reality and the personal biography inform the process, and the possibility of the performer to claim space beyond the concept.
A Score for an Empty Swimming Pool is a movement research practice for a collective body. The session explores the possibility of forming a collective body with a group of participants. They feel each other as an extension of the self, coordinate thoughts, actions, movements, search for new approaches to touch in the post-pandemic situation. The practice is inspired and informed by the many-headed slime (physarum polycephalum) – a complex unicellular organism that doesn't have a brain or central nervous system but is able to coordinate, strategize and remember.
Yasen Vasilev works in the field of contemporary dance and performance as a maker, dramaturg and critic. NUTRICULA is the practical research of his master thesis on the politics of dance from Shanghai Theatre Academy, developed and presented in the form of workshops and performances internationally. Since 2018 he's been a contributing author for Springback magazine and a dramaturgical consultant for choreographer Ehsan Hemat (BE/IR). Locally, he works with the artist-run residency space for playwrights and artists at risk Radar Sofia and co-runs Drama Pact, a collective of writers and performance makers who share resources instead of competing for them. He published four poetry collections and four plays and received the audience award at Sofia:Poetics 2010 and the CEI Fellowship at Vilenica festival in 2020.
NUTRICULA is a physical solo first developed in 2015 in Shanghai in collaboration with Philip Kwame Boafo, performance artist and researcher from Ghana.
IMPOSSIBLE ACTIONS is a collective performance for 10 people who activate the physical solo, change it according to their bodies and biographies and create and perform a variety of versions in the same space.
Date: 29.09.2022 - 30.09.2022
Time: 14:00 - 19:00
Place: Telocvičňa, Nová Cvernovka