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Thursday 15th - Sunday 18th March
12.00pm - 4.00pm daily
Wellesley Studios - 113 Wellesley St West, Auckland
$200.00 + GST
This workshop is open to those who are currently completing or have completed a tertiary qualification in dance.
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The method commences starting on the floor with a series of exercises aimed to awaken the potential of the holistic body. It follows a classical barre which provides an important gateway to fully understanding the extremely physically demanding work. However, it is a far cry from its traditional and practical form. Iratxe gives imagery to ignite the senses, and a powerful sense of breath is used to ‘contaminate’ the body, the skin, and the organs with energy. The goal is to be fully present and alert, and to keep this concentration throughout the entire process.
Immediately following the barre, dancers begin to explore different parts of the body in a guided improvisation. It is a multi sensory experience: sight, smell, touch, and sound. These elements are built into the process from the very beginning, yet at this point , the body is warm and fuelled, stable yet agile, and ready to leave its being and transform itself. Although the improvisation is a highly individual exploration, Iratxe often encourages interactions within the group to increase awareness of the present moment which is being created.
A creation of personal choreographical material is then found based on the skills acquired during the improvisation. The process of personal investigation is then coached individually with the aim to visualize and work with the material from another perspective and enrich it. The use of breath is key in understanding this process. The body is woken up and made pliable through deep breath and is then used to show dynamisms. Dancers learn that breath is the initial impetus to give movements their desired quality. Through breath, musicality is intelligently understood and thus shown.
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