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Living Memory


Tutor: Josephine Grundy
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR
Next date: weekend workshop: Saturday 23 & Sunday 24 September 2017

Intensive workshop in butoh dance and voice

Exploring different aspects of memory in relation to movement and voice

? Working with fundamental concepts from butoh dance such as the body as object or vessel, the

tension between opposites, the awareness of different scales in time and space

? Working with voice and sound as an integral part of dance and physical expression

? Suitable for all levels, no previous experience necessary.

? Please bring comfortable clothes for movement.

What will this course cover?

'So not only does our imagination draw on what we've experienced in our personal trajectories through life; it also feeds on those of the countless generations that preceded us. Our expressive range is not confined only to the human dimension. It also embraces those of fishes, plants and amphibians. Even that gush of freedom we once felt on soaring through the sky is stored in there.' (Kazuo Ohno)

This workshop focuses on different aspects of memory and how they feed into our experience and expressive potential, both as individuals and as part of the human collective.

The connection with our breathing, with our primitive selves, the relationship between our body and the space and structures that surround us. Listening to the voices that inhabit or pass through us.

We will work on different techniques from physical theatre, butoh dance and vocal training in order to connect with our deepest memories and explore our physical and vocal potential.

This course is suitable for anyone who is interested in butoh dance, and exploring body and voice together.  No previous experience of dance or vocal technique is required.

About the tutor

Josephine Grundy comes from a multicultural (UK/France/Spain) and multidisciplinary background.

Having studied Human Sciences at University College London she went on to train in the Lecoq theatre method (Estudis de Teatre Berty Tobías) and to study theatre and physical technique with several different companies and directors.

She has extensive training in music and vocal technique (Estill Voice Craft, Loti Lewis) and lends her voice to a wide range of musical projects and professional recordings. As a result of her bilingual upbringing she also has a great interest in language and linguistics, working at times as a lexicographer, translator and interpreter.

In the last 12 years she has become especially interested in butoh dance, studying extensively with masters from Japan and other parts of the world (including Rosana Barra, Atsushi Takenouchi and Gyohei Zaitsu) and has been developing her own individual cross-disciplinary approach to performance.

Josephine gives regular classes and workshops in physical/vocal technique and performance, and produces her own pieces within the VoxDansa project, as well as regularly collaborating with other artists and musicians.

For more information see www.voxdansa.com