CPP 2021 edition will be virtual. Each week, training sessions will take place online via Zoom 5 days a week, starting at 9.30AM (US Eastern) / 3.30PM (Central European time) and continuing into late afternoons - 2PM US Eastern / 8PM CET. In addition to these sessions, which all registered participants are expected to attend, we will program ancillary activities that will be announced at a later date, and will be open to all participants. Exact schedule will be announced to registered participants in June 2021.
CLAUDIA DE SERPA SOARES
Sasha Waltz & Guests (Berlin, Germany)
Week 1: Monday 12 July - Friday 16 July
THE BODY – what an amazing and complex moving organism. My course will center on the body, each individual body and also the collective body.
As a starting point, I will refer to the piece “Körper” from the German choreographer Sasha Waltz, piece that I co-created and performed over the last 20 years.
We will look into our bodies closely, our skin, our bones, our muscles, our organs, our systems, and our feelings… We will look into different ways of moving our body, different energies, different pathways, different impulses and states. We will look at our bodies and the bodies of the others. And we will create ephemeral sculptures and explore body/architecture relationships.
We will give voice to our bodies and we will listen to our bodies. Our bodies have been challenged and invaded in the last pandemic months.
Our bodies’ freedom has been questioned. I feel the need to address and to let our bodies talk about these realities too.
Claudia de Serpa Soares, 2021
Sasha Waltz & Guests
The company Sasha Waltz & Guests was founded by Sasha Waltz and Jochen Sandig in Berlin in 1993 and celebrated its 25th anniversary during the season 2018/19. To date, more than 300 artists and ensembles – architects, visual artists, choreographers, filmmakers, designers, musicians, singers and dancers – from 30 countries have collaborated as »Guests« on over 80 productions, »Dialoge« projects and films. Sasha Waltz & Guests works in an international and constantly evolving network of production and guest performance partners, showing parts of its current repertoire of 12 pieces in about 70 performances around the globe each year. In Berlin, the company cooperates with a wide range of institutions such as municipal theatres, opera houses and museums and has contributed to the establishing of innovative production sites for artistic dialogue such as Sophiensaele (1996) and radialsystem, Space for Arts & Ideas (2006). 2013 the company has been named »European Cultural Ambassador« by the European Union. In 2014 Sasha Waltz & Guests was awarded the »george tabori ehrenpreis« by the Fonds Darstellende Künste.
Apart from her leading role in Berlin stagings and international guest performances, Sasha Waltz has been increasingly committed to educational and social projects. In 2007 she founded the Children’s Dance Company (»Kindertanzcompany«) in Berlin and in 2016 the interdisciplinary and open exchange platform »ZUHÖREN« which serves as a »third space for art and politics«. Alongside these initiatives, Sasha Walz continues to propose diverse offers in the field of knowledge transfer.
The company’s work is centered on the following four areas:
(1) Dialogic forms of artistic research and production with composers, conductors, visual artists and academics
(2) Conveying the artistic results to a diverse international audience in Berlin and on tour around the world
(3) Intercultural dialogue, which can be experienced both on stage and backstage due to the heterogenous composition of the participants of different cultural backgrounds
(4) Promoting the next generation via continuing education and transfer projects.
The company was named an official »cultural ambassador of the European Union« for the anniversary year of 2013. It received the 2014 »george tabori« prize of the Fonds Darstellende Künste.
Sasha Waltz & Guests is funded by the Senate Department for Culture and Europe.
SITI Company (New York, USA)
VIEWPOINTS + SUZUKI TRAINING
Week 2: Monday 19 July - Friday 23 July
SITI Company is renowned for its unique approach to theater training, based upon a symbiotic pairing of the Suzuki Method of Actor Training and the practice of Viewpoints. While the trainings are distinct from one another and are taught as such, they share hallmarks that include collaboration, rigor and addressing the meeting point where the individual encounters the ensemble. The influences on both these trainings range from classical Greek theater to post modernism. Together they offer an alternative to current practices in actor training that focus primarily on psychological and emotional approaches. The trainings are not intended to dictate a stylistic approach, rather they serve as a foundation for any avenue an artist wishes to pursue creatively.
Online training is specifically designed to challenge first time practitioners as well as experienced artists. The training is shared using physical demonstrations, graphics, and individual guidance. This intensive will take advantage of what distance learning does best by adapting to serve participants in their own space while celebrating the act of training together across distance.
Developed by the extraordinary Mary Overlie, the Viewpoints is a philosophy of improvisation that grew out of Mary’s observations and experimentations in theater and the postmodern dance world. Ms. Overlie broke down the dominant issues of time and space into six categories, calling this approach The Six Viewpoints (www.sixviewpoints.com). The practice is on sharpening one’s perception of world through the lens of the Viewpoints and responding appropriately. SITI Company has continued to research these notions, adapting and expanding them. The language of the Viewpoints allows artists to create together spontaneously and intuitively. It fosters a sense of ensemble, as well as deepens the individual’s sensitivity while onstage. The practice of the Viewpoints develops an artist’s awareness how to read what is being made in the process of making. It strengthens an artist’s articulation, and clarifies emotional, intellectual and physical flexibility.
SUZUKI METHOD TRAINING
Developed by internationally acclaimed director, Tadashi Suzuki and the Suzuki Company of Toga, the Suzuki Actor Training Method's principal concern is with restoring the wholeness of the human body and voice to the theatrical context and uncovering the actor's innate expressive abilities. A rigorous physical discipline drawn from such diverse influences as ballet, traditional Japanese, Greek theater and martial arts, the training seeks to heighten the actor's emotional and physical power and commitment to each moment on the stage. Attention is on the lower body and a vocabulary of footwork, sharpening the actor's breath control, Vocal Strength, focus and concentration. The physical practice is based on metaphysical ends and deals with the foundations of physical strength and control as well as the invisible processes involved in performance.
SITI Company is an ensemble-based theater company whose three ongoing components are the creation of new work, the training of young theater artists, and a commitment to international collaboration. SITI was founded in 1992 by Anne Bogart, Tadashi Suzuki, and a group of like-minded artists to redefine and revitalize contemporary theater in the United States through an emphasis on international cultural exchange and collaboration. We are an industry leader in the Suzuki and Viewpoints Methods of actor training where each year we welcome over 100 artists into our studio and meet many more as we travel domestically and internationally to teach Workshops in these methods.
SITI Company is committed to providing a gymnasium-for-the-soul where the interaction of art, artists, audiences, and ideas inspire the possibility for change, optimism, and hope. The company was built on the bedrock of ensemble and we firmly believe that through the practice of collaboration, a group of artists working together over time can have a significant impact upon both contemporary theater and the world at large. As we near our 30th anniversary and begin the process of transitioning to a smaller artist collective, we want to ensure that our impact is actually reaching a diverse audience and reflects the inclusive values that we have been striving for as an ensemble over the last three decades. We want our diversity to better reflect the countries and communities that we work in. As an organization that is committed to making art and helping others make art; anti-racism, equity, diversity, and inclusion is not simply a matter of our social responsibility within a diverse community but it is the foundation on which we want to build our work.
Photo credit: Claudia de Serpa Soares in EXODOS by Sasha Waltz & Guests
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