WE COSMOS!  – Performative exploration in urban spaces!

Fabian Chyle & Michael Lazar

22.07 – 23.07  | 10:00 – 13:00 & 16:00 – 19:00

For information and registrations email to: [email protected]

Our actions in space, in a room, in a city or in nature, leave their imprint both on our surroundings and on our own personal bodies. How people and their environment influence each other is the starting point of our artistic-scientific project. We seek to investigate, and above all, feel the interrelationship between human bodies, physical space and surrounding vibrations. Under the title WE_COSMOS, the performers and scientists Michael Lazar and Fabian Chyle would like to invite participants of this workshop to jointly discover embodied and kinestetic ways of connecting and reconnecting with our surroundings through a unique way of exploring and bonding with a place and its cultural heritage. The WE_COSMOS workshop seeks to connect people, landscape and nature by initiating a guided exploration of the environment of Chania. All observations will directly be transferred into performative and choreographic structures. After two sessions in the public space, the WE COSMOS workshop will culminate in an improvisational / choreographic arrangement, which will be shared with other visitors of the festival. Through this process leading up to creating choreographic structures and public interventions in the heart of the old city, we wish to reflect on its cultural essence and collective memory and seek out the boundaries where art, nature and life become entangled and inspire each other.

This four-part workshop includes:
Part 1 Kick off – Studio
Understanding and measuring vibrations (technically)
Understanding sensing and feeling vibrations (kinesthetically)
Exploring and learning observational tools
Exploring and learning the basic of SSTEMS

Part 2 Explore the city – Outside
Implementation with the goal of creating different performative interventions with and for the space.

Part 3 Explore nature
Participants explore and implement the tools in a natural environment. We cannot look at cities and social change if we do not re-think our relationship to natural environments.

Part 4 Re-locating material
The collected material (improvisational structures/ choreographic patterns / texts / images) will be developed and arranged in the studio as an improvisational landscape.

Fabian Chyle – choreographer/ performer (fabianchyle.de) and Michael Lazar – geophysicist/ multi-media artist (michael-lazar.com) met in 2014 at the experiment “Arts and Science in Motion” hosted by the Volkswagen Foundation. Since then they have exchanged ideas about the imprints human bodies leave behind in their environment, their culture, their cities and their politics AND how these politics, cities, cultures and environments leave imprints in and on the human body. They‘ve developed their work in different places: Tel Aviv, Stuttgart, Köln, Essen and online.

Fabian Chyle-Silvestri (Heidelberg, Germany) is an award winning freelance choreographer and performer and has created over 30 full-length-evening productions, which combined dance, theater, performance, new classical music and multimedia in a unique way. Aside from his artistic work, he is also a specialist in dance/movement therapy working with sexual offenders and in forensic settings. He developed a movement based treatment program for crime-reconstruction for sexual offenders and violators. Fabian received his doctoral degree in 2016. Between 2017-2022 he served as Head of the Dance Department of the Academy of Arts Education of the German Government and State of North Rine-Westphalia. He is currently a Professor of Dance/Movement Therapy in the Faculty of Therapy Sciences, SRH Hochschule Heidelberg.

Michael Lazar (Tel Aviv, Israel) was a professional sculptor for over 15 years before moving to performance, photography and audioscapes. In addition to his artistic work, he holds a PhD in Geophysics from Tel Aviv University and is a researcher at the University of Haifa. During the last few years he has focused on the combination between art and science utilizing scientific methods to produce artistic installations. He seeks to unravel the connection between the development of scientific thought and artistic expression through projects that combine the two disciplines. They merge, blend together and emerge in the form of installation, sound, video. His aim is to visualize the unseen, make audible the unheard and, more importantly, make his audience stop and think.

For information and registrations email to: [email protected]

22 – 23 July

10:00 – 13:00 & 16:00 – 19:00

Fabian Chyle & Michael Lazar | WE COSMOS!  – Performative exploration in urban spaces!

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