Laura Aris – Play Full Body

Technical exercises and improvisations with clear framework will be the starting point for the work in a group, as couples or individually. We will look for creative impulses that, when released, offer us new possibilities for achievement. We will observe how, sometimes, extreme qualities maintain a balanced tension, that the tension attracts attention, and that many times, silence speaks.

“As teacher and as artist, I am committed to sharing thoughts, questions, tips, and accumulated experiences that inspire and encourage others – hopefully enhancing a collective, intellectual curiosity. Through my years of teaching, I have learned to seek out a balance between goals relating to technical mastery and abilities of individual students to make their own choices, reflect deeply, discover anew, develop personae, and encounter imaginary universes.

Teaching requires a dynamic interplay between what is happening inside the teacher’s mind and what happens with the group in the room. The act of teaching and my professional artistic practice has for long been interconnected: They are in constant relation and evolving together. I often borrow ideas from my artistic work according to how relevant they are on a pedagogical level. I then invent work sessions and exercises that support the mechanisms and technical needs of the scenic idea. I select some concepts that can be taken out of context and embodied by other bodies, other minds – keeping the essence but also becoming filters for new, freshly arising materials. Teaching has undeniably become an important part of my professional life. Now, I strongly believe that the relationships between the act of teaching and one’s artistic practice is often undervalued.”

Laura Aris is a performer, choreographer and recognised international teacher. Her performing experience includes a
decade as a formal member of the renowned Belgium dance Company Wim Vandekeybus/Ultima Vez. For the past
seven years she has been working as a freelance artist developing her own creative practices.

Laura has great interest in developing a fluent dialogue between contemporary dance and other artistic disciplines.
She maintains a steadfast focus on collaborations with other artists. Through her work she seeks to promote
different forms of dialogue between the audience and the performer.

21 – 23 July

16:00 – 19:30

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