Just here, just now, just doing it.


Hi all, for september 3rd I propose a session on not very much at all and a lot at the same time.

Lately I have been inspired by and through ‘simply’ going into a space and ‘doing it’, practising improvisation over many hours on end. I notice that when I do this, the fact of staying with it and moving through everything that goes on without talking, or leaving or making sense or naming etc. the work changes in a way that I find fascinating at the moment.

I’ve been practising this way with other dancers and am curious to extend it to the other performance-arts in our midst. What happens when we all live in the same space for a few hours? How do we make sense without setting rules or scores? How do we navigate through moods, through solo and ensemble?

I propose a very simple structure: two hours of ‘open’ improvisation and two hours of making pieces. During the first two hours we will work without the audience/performer relationship, watching will be more coïncidental and have a quality of witnessing. The last two hours we’ll work with an audience and performers and a shift of focus to more emphasis on composition and collaboration. How we do this we can decide together, or I can propose a simple structure.

A way to support the open time can be to formulate a personal research question or theme, to create like an inner frame for working.

Hope to see you there. Natanja

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7 thoughts on “Just here, just now, just doing it.

  1. hey natanja! Super sessie lijkt het mij. Wil er graag bij zijn maar die dag moet ik in Rotterdam werken. Maar ik heb het gevoel dat het een sessie is dan regelmatig herhaald kan worden.

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