Body Weather: Open Training — Gretel Taylor
Body Weather: Open Training
‘Body Weather’ is a physical training method and philosophy developed by Japanese dancer Min Tanaka. Gretel Taylor has continued to evolve a practice informed by Tanaka’s Body Weather for 20 years. Open Training sessions consist of a curious, loosening warm-up; an hour ‘MB’ work-out (Mind-Body, Muscle-Bone); and imaginative and sensory activities leading into improvisation. The training is beneficial for all kinds of performers and anyone looking to strengthen and tune their bodies and expand physical range and qualities of movement. Basic fitness recommended.
Gretel Taylor is a dancer, researcher and curator whose site-responsive works have been performed locally and internationally. Gretel studied Body Weather with founder Min Tanaka in Japan in 1999 and 2000, and she has since shared this practice with the Melbourne performance community through her facilitation of training and workshops (as BodyPlaceProject). She has developed an improvisational ‘locating’ practice as a mode of relating to place during her PhD (2009) and as an ongoing inquiry. Gretel is a core artist of Environmental Performance Authority (EPA), which uses Body Weather as an underpinning method. She has taught Dance and Performance at Deakin, RMIT, Monash and Victoria Universities.