Two day workshop Oct 2 & 3 2016.
This workshop will be an introduction to the real –time choreographic systems explored by Prue Lang in her creative practice.
After experiencing a number of different approaches to improvisation in her career from the tactile and instinctive nature of Contact Improvisation to the rigorous and cerebral Forsythe Improvisation Technologies, Prue developed her own approach to creating systems of generating and organizing movement in real-time.
These systems are based on what she calls ‘physical thinking’ -a kind of logic that one becomes familiar with when working with Prue for some time. Each system is developed according to the content and direction of each particular work and forms the basis of her creative process. So although there is an inherent logic that appears in all her works, these systems continually overlap, transform and re-define themselves.
During the workshop the dancers will be led step by step through a series of explorations and tasks that are largely based on the principles of connecting thinking, sensing and action. Further explorations and tasks will heighten the awareness of one’s own idiosyncratic motion and propose tools to generate and modify the movement in alternative ways. When a real-time analysis of the body and an awareness of specificity is integrated by the dancer, a larger range of articulation and creative choice opens up.
This workshop is suited to dancers who are interested or appreciate an analytical approach to improvisation.
Dates: Sunday Oct 2 & Monday Oct 3
Time: 11-5 pm
Where: LWDance Hub Studio
Cost: $50 for Sunday or $90 for both days (please note only those who have participated on the Sunday are eligible to attend on the Monday)
After studying at the VCA Melbourne, Prue joined Meryl Tankard’s Australian Dance Theatre. In 1996 she moved to France to work with the Choreographic National Centre in Angers, Compagnie Cre-Ange in Paris, as well as creating and facilitating her own independent projects. In 1999 she began an important collaboration with William Forsythe as a leading soloist and choreographer of the Frankfurt Ballett and The Forsythe Company. She created five original works for the company, some of which also toured independently. She is a leading exponent of Forsythe’s improvisation technologies and a researcher on the Motion Bank project.
Since 2005 she has been working as an independent choreographer presenting her work in international festivals, theatres and museums throughout the world including Theatre National de Chaillot Paris, HAU 3 Berlin, Mousonturm Frankfurt, Tanzhaus NRW Düsseldorf, Tanzplatform Deutchland, Context Festival Hebbel-am-ufer Berlin, Tanzperformance Koln, Festival faits d’hiver Paris, Rencontres choregraphiques internationales de Seine-Saint-Denis, Mains d’oeuvres, Festival temps d’images Paris, Festival Mettre-en-scene Rennes, TATE Modern, London, Adelaide International Arts festival, Chunky Move, Dancehouse, Dance Massive Australia
She has been voted Most Innovative Production, Most Outstanding Choreographer and most Outstanding dancer by Europe’s Balletanz's Annual Critics' Survey, awarded in Hybrid Art by the Prix Ars Electronica, and won Green Room awards for Design, Original Choreography and Best Ensemble in Australia.
In 2014 she moved back to Melbourne to continue her work in Australia.