The Art of Presence – Benno Voorham

In my work as a dance maker and improviser I am interested to explore the crossroads between dance and theatre. Using the potential of the human body to tell stories through movement in a non-literal way.

Contact Improvisation will be the common ground to continue and deepen our skills to come into a physical and kinaesthetic dialogue with others. By awakening our physical and sensory awareness we will bring mind and body into a state of readiness and receptiveness for dancing in a playful and spontaneous way.

We will spend time to work on various skills and explore the underlying principles of Contact Improvisation, playing with physical forces such as gravity, levity, momentum and inertia.

In the second part of each class we will work with different scores and structures for improvisation with a strong focus on developing a playful and subtle presence in our dancing. Dances in which we can expect to be in physical contact at any moment and at the same time keeping an awareness of ones own direction in improvising.

“Being in the moment” will be our motto during this intensive workshop.

We will play and create dances in which we use our imagination and creative potential. We will spend time to tune our bodies in movement, to develop a sense for ‘being in the moment’ from where we will dive into the realm of improvisation.

read Benno Voorham’s Biography