Moving Material with Charlie Morrissey

Charlie Morrissey Workshop 2017

Monday 11 - Wednesday 13 December 2017
10.00 - 17.00

Early bird: £60 (book before Monday 13 November)
Full price: £65

Location: Dance Base, Edinburgh

Email with subject "Charlie Morrissey workshop" for booking and payment details.
Spaces are limited and payment must be transferred for confirmation of your place. Attendance is required for the 3 days. Please email with any access requirements.

The Workshop
This physical workshop plays with the body as material, landscape and perceiving machine; and with the mover as both explorer and territory for exploration. We will look at how bringing our attention to the experience of movement offers us an opportunity to take a ride on our own momentum and that of others.

It will be a combination of practical solo, partner and group exercises and focused improvisational scores.

We will also take time to explore different ways of composing in real time through exercises that bring attention to the instruments of perception: to the activities of seeing, listening, and feeling sensation, and to the ways the senses interact - each informing the others. We will notice how we notice, and will bring this expanded attention to play with seeing and being seen, and to composing solo, in duets and in larger groups. We will explore different ideas of what we mean by material and see how we begin to accumulate content.

We will work, play, and rock our substance into motion.

This work is influenced by and uses elements of Steve Paxton's Material for the Spine and Lisa Nelson's Tuning Scores

Charlie Morrissey is a director/choreographer, performer, teacher, and researcher, and has been working in the field of performance for nearly 30 years. He creates large and small-scale site-specific and theatre and gallery based performance work in diverse contexts and locations; organises and collaborates in a variety of performance research projects; and performs and collaborates in the work of other performance makers. He has significant and ongoing working relationships with Steve Paxton, Siobhan Davies, Lisa Nelson, Kirstie Simson, Scott Smith, Katye Coe, K.J.Holmes, Andrea Buckley, Katie Duck and others. 

A selection of recent work:
On Off – a solo performed at most recently at the Tanzwerkstatt Europa festival in Munich
Test Pieces – Charlie performed in this piece by Rosemary Butcher as part of her retrospective at Tanz im August in Berlin 
This thing that we do - with Katye Coe at Sadlers Wells, London 
The Running Tongue – film contributions to this cinematic collage by David Hinton and Siobhan Davies 
What Happens When - a commission from Joint Adventures with Andrea Buckley, Orlando Gough and the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra in Munich in 2016 
Materials Rearranged To Be with Siobhan Davies Dance: Charlie collaborated on this installation which has just finished touring venues across the UK 
Excerpts from an encyclopaedia of experience – solo performed at OT301 in Amsterdam 
White Charlie – Charlie is currently working on a new solo with Colin Poole at the Place, London 
Inheritors Project – Charlie will be part of artist duo Webb-Ellis’s latest film work

Charlie also continues his teaching internationally for dance companies; conservatoires and university departments of dance, as well as for independent organisations and festivals. 

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