Workshop led by

Tess de Quincey

6 – 8 JUNE 2014

Friday 6 – 9pm; Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm.

Northcote Town Hall
189 High Street, Northcote VIC

This workshop will provide an immersion in BODYWEATHER principles alongside elements of BUTOH training. BODYWEATHER is a broadbased, comprehensive physical training which cultivates a conscious relation to the state of constant change inside and outside the body. It is an open investigation that can be relevant for anyone interested in exploring the body. BUTOH arose in the 1950’s, but references origins in ancient Japan. It is a contemporary dance form emphasising images which transform and explore extremities of the body.

The workshop introduces participants to three different areas of the practice which vary between high-energy work and more quiet meditative sessions:-
MB (Muscles><Bones / Mind><Body) – a dynamic and rhythmic work-out which includes aerobic and anaerobic exercises to develop strength, coordination and a vibrant, physical grounding;
Manipulations – a series of precise forms concerned with stretching and alignment done in couples on the basis of breath and weight;
Ground Work – a wide variety of exercises to sharpen sensorial focus and to develop sensitivity, awareness and the scope of expression through the body.

Participants should be aware that this work is NOT THERAPY OR HEALING.

BodyWeather was founded by butoh dancer Min Tanaka and his Mai-Juku performance group in Japan. This intensive workshop will be led by Tess de Quincey who was a dancer with Mai-Juku 1985-91. Tess introduced the BodyWeather philosophy and methodology into Australia in 1989 and has developed the training further through her work in Europe, India and Australia. BodyWeather is the basis of her performance practice and underlies the work of De Quincey Co.

For this 3-day intensive workshop we can offer the following two rates:
EARLY BIRDS – bookings before 31 May
FULL PRICE – bookings from Sunday 1 June:  $220

Paid reservations are essential as places are limited, so please register as soon as possible to ensure your place on the workshop. To book, please click here to fill out your contact details (name, address, telephone numbers and email) alongside a brief biography outlining your age, background and experience as well as detailing any previous injuries.

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