Jurij Konjar
“Dynamics of Dialogue”

July 27 – 31
14.30 – 19.00 H
Studio B
Advanced
In English

Being more similar than different, we-the-people share a playground; dealing with issues such as space, memory, music, need, body ability, panic, reading of our senses, reading our partners etc. Though much indicates our differences in how we perceive and describe such phenomena, we fill in for the lack of certainty with assumption in movement, through touch and in conversation; and keep adapting as we go.

The Slovenian dance artist Jurij Konjar, who has been working with Steve Paxton for years, suggests in his class that in order to develop this communication platform further, phenomena needs to be experienced, observed and named the only way they can be – individually; to then enable dialogue. In these five days he’d like to challenge you to dialogue with an old friend – your bodily movement, from a fresh perspective.

Let’s assume the natural, given state of a body is movement. I can direct, transform, guide, even deny it; what I can’t do is avoid it. From this perspective, movement is therefore not something I need to strive for, but rather observe and guide that which is already happening. This workshop suggests a step backwards; to observe the various processes we call “dancing” before they result in shape.

The workshop is appropriate for all who perceive the world through change; and who aspire to being beginners again.