The Thinking Body
Relaxation, the use of voice, writing, breathing, and free association are some of the means to be used in this workshop in order to find the movements, actions, structures and desires of composition that are currently inside us. We will explore some of them separately in order to incorporate them later in longer and more complex improvisational processes or even in composition processes. Equally important will be the particular states of consciousness, the attention to exterior and interior signals (awareness), the use of space and the exploration of objects and materials. Irony and empty hands will take us further.
studied classical dance and was part of Ballet Gulbenkian in Lisbon for five years. Her breakthrough performances, drawing on female icons like Manet’s Olympia or Josephine Baker, received international critical acclaim in the 1990s. She has choreographed many ensemble and solo pieces for theatres and festivals in Europe, South America, Canada, Singapore, South Korea and the United States since then.
In recent years, her work has mainly dealt with issues concerning ecology and sustainability. She teaches composition and improvisation on a regular basis at institutions in Portugal and abroad. She has starred in performances and improvisational pieces by artists such as Meg Stuart, Steve Paxton or Mark Tompkins.
This workshop takes place on 8 and 9 March 2019.
Special offer: All participants of the workshop The Thinking Body will receive discounted tickets at the price of € 5 for Vera Mantero’s solo performance The Caldeirão Highlanders on 7 March. Available at our box office at TQW Studios.