Dancehouse

Perception, Imagery and Improvisation

Gretel Taylor leads a 6-week series of workshops exploring Body Weather and Butoh modes of perceiving body, space and time, with a focus also on the experience and performance of imagery.   

Sessions will begin with stretching and releasing exercises. Facilitated perception and imagery tasks lead into improvisation and experimentation with scores for performance. Workshops will be studio based but may occasionally venture outdoors. Some movement/ performance experience is recommended but not mandatory. Focus is disciplined and creative, but not strenuous (we will not be doing "MB").

Gretel Taylor

Gretel Taylor is a dancer and performance artist whose work is often site-specific. In 2008 she completed a practice-based PhD exploring relationships between body, place and identity. Over the past five years she has been employed as a lecturer/ tutor in Performance Studies at Victoria University.
Gretel has trained extensively in movement improvisation, Butoh and Body Weather, including stints with Min Tanaka and Kazuo Ohno in Japan and with Frank van de Ven in Europe, as well as training with Tony Yap and Yumi Umiumare in Melbourne for over ten years.
She has facilitated her interpretation of Body Weather training since 2000 and also leads intensive outdoor workshops as part of her Body_Place_Project (www.bodyplaceproject.com). She is currently recipient of a solo performance residency through Victoria University (2010) and is co-facilitating a cross-cultural dance project with Warlpiri elders in remote desert country in the Northern Territory.

Date: Wednesdays 10am-12noon 24th Feb- 31st March 2010
Cost: $95 waged/ $80 concession.
Enquiries welcome: ph. 0425 759 988 or Gretel.taylor@vu.edu.au

Bookings essential by 19th Feb.