with Roberto Olivan
8.08 – 13.08.2021
Roberto Olivan forges dance from physicality, body power and technique, taking the body to extreme situations. His goal is to encourage loosing fear of moving in a specific context. The workshop is especially focused on generating dance material from our animal instincts and our own creativity. Moreover, it strengthens group confidence by building safe conclusions from difficult situations. Moving efficiently becomes an important issue, but there are other important purposes too. Working with gravity, the consciousness of inner sensations, such as breathing, and the visualisation of energy released by movement. This consciousness of body unites mind and physical structure relating it to spatial energies, to others and to oneself.
In this sense, the body becomes a tool of projection for the physical and emotional flow. The force of mental images, such as lines and structures around and in the body, are used to define and help us better understand the body’s functionality. After learning and using many kinds of dance techniques, Olivan discovered their limitations for artistic expression. Whilst accepting the necessity for these conventional techniques, he knows that using them exclusively curtails freedom in dance and in the performers. This is why Olivan is embarked on a constant quest for the freedom that creates singular forms, refining his technique in order to develop a unique language that can be recognised as his own style, a language focused on speed and precision.