Folktrance / Improvisation
Folktrance training is, in its essence, an improvisation practice that calls for our spontaneity and for our capacity to surrender and trust. This week offers a soft embrace of artistic and spiritual practices and a good balance of voice-, movement- and breath work. The training offers a very helpful preparation for the Folktrance workshop with Corine Sombrun which is to follow in the week thereafter. However, it can also be booked separately.
Folktrance proposes ways to discover our trance- and ecstatic potential which allows us to drop into a state of being moved rather than moving actively. The tools for this will be folk, trance and party used in four stages of „getting in touch“. Getting in touch with: the self, the other, all and the unknown. „Self“ as in starting with practices on our own in silence. Then getting in touch with the „other“ as couples. Later into the „all“ by group practices and then into „the unknown“. Folk comes in by using social dances, folk dance and folk music („all“) and couple dances („other“). Trance is used here as a symbol for transformational processes, meditation („self“) or states of being moved („the unknown“). Party describes a way of transformation and learning by using joyful resources, accessing pleasure and celebrating.
is a performer, choreographer and musician. He was born in Austria in 1984 and studied at the Vienna State Opera Ballet School, at the Performing Arts and Research Studios in Brussels (P.A.R.T.S.) and he was a member of the Vienna State Opera Ballet. In 2009, he founded his band Rising Halfmoon as a singer, songwriter and guitarist. Simon Mayer has worked for Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, Wim Vandekeybus and Zita Swoon, amongst others. He choreographed several solos, duets and group pieces, which have been presented internationally. He received the outstanding artist award from the Austrain Chancellery in 2017.
Mayer was artist in residency at Theatre de L’L in Brussels and he organizes the international art festival SPIEL in Upper Austria together with his association spiel. Simon Mayer teaches contemporary, community and traditional dance and voice techniques and he is a guest teacher at the Music and Arts University of the City of Vienna.
This training runs from 23 until 27 September 2019.