Tuesday 17 March 2015

Bodystorming Hits Bangalore


Can we reflect, remember, react and talk through our bodies?

Bodystorming is an initiative which explores this concept in action, giving people an experiential account of what it means to engage with the body as a medium of thought and communication. While we are quite familiar with brain storming- coming up with ideas rapidly in a group situation, we rarely think of doing the same with our bodies.

What happens when we collectively throw ideas together spontaneously using our bodies?

Bodystorming – which began as a way of physically committing to and testing ideas about biological processes at the cellular level, is very soon coming down to Bangalore, as a common initiative between the city's dance and the science community.

The National Centre of Biological Sciences (NCBS) supported by the Wellcome Trust is hosting the Black Label Movement for a 10 day intensive engagement with the dance and science communities in Bangalore. The fundamental idea behind this initiative is to use simple interaction rules between dancers to simulate and understand biological processes, drawing from deeply inter-disciplinary roots.
The Black Label Movement is a dance company led by Professor Carl Flink and closely working with Professor David Odde (Department of Biomedical Engineering), both from the University of Minnesota.

A series of events are planned, including a bodystorming workshop for 25 selected dancers and a residency at NCBS where in 10 invited dancers will work with BLM intensely. They will be in constant touch with scientists and researchers to discuss and articulate their work. These sessions will seek to explore the ideas for bodystorming, its potentials and limitations. The programme will also include public interaction sessions with lead researchers Carl Flink and David Odde and a final performance by the Black Label Movement. The programme is being coordinated by the Antara Artists’ Collective.
There are plans to continue this engagement beyond the duration of the workshop/residency series to offer dancers and scientists in Bangalore a way to keep the bodystorming practice alive in the city.

This program is an opportunity for dancers who wish to work with deeper awareness of body and its role in dance. At the same time it stretches the notion of what it means to experiment in science – playing with the idea that ‘to experience, is to know’.

The bodystorming workshop shall be held on 25th and 26th April 2015 from 2 to 7 p.m.

Register for this workshop by filling up this online form: Click here

Kindly note:

  • Applicants need to share a link to their performance video in the form
  • The last date for registration is 31st of March 2015
  • Applicants will be informed about selection for workshop on or before 1st of April 2015 through email/phone
  • Selected participants are requested to arrive at the venue at 1.30 pm on 25th April 2015 for orientation

Workshop Venue:

5th floor, Salma Bizhouse,
Manee Avenue Road,
Opp Lakeside hospital,
Above CCD, Near Ulsoor Lake,
Bangalore- 560042.

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