This training runs from 17 till 21 and from 24 till 27 June 2019. No training on 20 June.
With DYS_FUNCTIONAL BODIES the Viennese choreographers and performers Michael Turinsky and Georg Blaschke invite for the first time to a focused confrontation of their personal approaches of their choreographic thinking and somatic practice.
Michael Turinsky: Based on my positionality as a disabled performer and on the consideration that compositional practice always occurs in the encounter of choreographer-body and performer-body, my choreographic practice departs from the specific materiality of my own body, its specific effect (agency), its relationship to space and time, to repetition and variation, to movement flow and its interruption. Thus, basic formal decisions always have to take into account the inherent formal tendencies of the material – and that means, first and foremost, the functional difference of the bodies involved. In other words, how can the impetus emanating from a body marked as “functionally different” be used in such a way that this “impetus” literally “in-forms” not only the basic choreographic structures, but also the kinaesthetic texture beyond the body’s boundaries.
Georg Blaschke: Over the last few years, I have developed a form of sculptural thinking in my choreographic research, based on both, the practice of somatic methods – primarily the Feldenkrais method – and on phenomenological concepts of the visual arts. I am particularly interested in the following juxtapositions:
– fragmentation of movement versus movement flow
– the anatomically “normal” body image versus the image of the “distorted” or “extended” body
– the duality of centre and periphery of the body versus the non-hierarchical sensitisation of body parts
– the stability in the own skeleton versus the dynamic balance through touch of another body
These juxtapositions open up a field, which bodywork, partner work and choreographic research mutually influence and refine each other in recurring sequences.
lives and works as a choreographer, performer and theoretician in Vienna.
His interest focuses on an engagement with the specific phenomenology of the body, marked as disabled, its specific being- in-the world, its relation to temporality and rhythm, affect and affect production, gender and sexuality, visibility and invisibility; as well as on a rigorous engagement with discourses around the productive tension between politics and aesthetics. Between 1998 und 2005 he studied philosophy at the University of Vienna. His most important choreographic works are heteronomous male (2012), my body, your pleasure (2013), Second Skin – turn the beat around, Second Skin – Master of Ceremony (2016) and REVERBERATIONS (2018).
works as a freelance choreographer, producer, dancer and pedagogue in Austria and abroad. His activities as dance lecturer in the fields of contemporary dance technique, movement research, improvisation and choreography have been taking place in the frame of internationally renowned festivals, universities and training workshops. He has presented his own choreographic works as freelance producer successfully in various formats of collaborations.