Open framings / framing the openness – Iiro Näkki and Anni Koskinen

Partnering Workshop with Iiro Näkki and Anni Koskinen
9-11 August, 2019
Wilhelminenhofstr 91, 12459 Berlin

Minimum level : Experienced movers from various disciplines are welcomed !

Through a practice of shifting weight we help each other to slide, fly and generally move through space. Our approach functions through games, movement tasks, rehearsing specific technical skills and learning to read contact through the skin.

Patterns of Weight Sharing:
– Leaning, falling, following
– Lifting, carrying
– Supporting, assisting

Scales of Touch and Manipulation:
– Touching, not touching
– Guiding, leading, forcing
– Grabbing, suggesting, asking

This weekend-long workshop includes themes such as seizing and releasing control, exploring the scales of manipulation and practicing adaptation in the form of managing distances, directions and amount of weight shared in the moment of dancing together. Through these different openings and framings we’ll explore various ways of moving with another.

We’ll also explore set movement sequences. Set material never stays the same though, as compositions require a practice of adaptation and awareness. What is that practice? This approach of ”semi-fixed sequences” allows for a spherical aesthetics that does not assume a certain spatial path. It rather negotiates its movement trajectories each time anew.

Places: 30
Times: Friday: 18.00-20.00h
Saturday and Sunday: 11.00-13.00h / 14.00-16.00h
Price – Early bird: 75€ Regular price: 85€
On the door: 95€

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Iiro Näkki and Anni Koskinen have been working together on the subject of partnering for over eight years, recollecting knowledge from various teachers and disciplines across the thematic – from contact improvisation to boxing and from circus acrobatics to philosophy. Together they have performed internationally and trained students from beginner classes to dance university programs.

Anni Koskinen is a dancer, dance maker and performer (MA in dance arts, 2018). She has worked internationally and her collaborators include Mette Ingvartsen, Ivo Dimchev, Tero Saarinen and Kinetic Orchestra dance company. Her dancing is characterized by a mix of lightness and strength, energy and commitment that makes her a joy to work with. She has been teaching partnering in SEAD (Salzburg Experimental Academy of Dance) and University of the Arts Helsinki.

Iiro Näkki is a choreographer (MA in choreography, 2018) interested especially in interconnections between spatiality, specific forms of movement culture, their discourses, and the embodiments these connections could produce and be produced by. He works with site-specificity and with staged pieces, oftentimes also overlapping the two. His performances are often revolving around creating or occupying specific spaces to encompass the emergence of physicality and movement of bodies. His personal background lies in various contemporary dance techniques, circus arts and parkour-related movement systems. He has worked as guest teacher and lecturer for various dance and circus establishments and trained students from beginner to professional levels within both fields in university programs, international workshops, and social circus projects in Scandinavia, Central Europe, Russia and the Middle East.