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November 06 to November 08, 2015 / 6 pm
Monica Gomis

> Tanztendenz

Sitting With The Body / PARADE - Installing Ourselves (workshop and intervention: no prior knowledge required!)

Lab & Lecture mit Heike Langsdorf

A first instruction for a person who practices yoga, says: go find a place where you can be undisturbed! Does this mean to search for absolute silence or a place where nobody else can come? Does it mean to be protected from cold, heat, dirt and wind? Or is the first thing to do, finding out what disturbance does mean for us?
A two day workshop, followed by an intervention explores in which conditions one can act 'undisturbed'. Is there something like an ideal place? How can we deal with less ideal spaces instead of avoiding them?

"Sitting With The Body" is a three day undertaking (6, 7, 8 November 2015) for at least 10 people: a two day physical-mental preparation (Friday, Saturday) is leading to a an intervention on Sunday in the semi-public space.

Preparing workshop (Friday, Saturday)
introduction / body practices
- how can we apply them artistically?
Body practices / a.o. Sitting With The Body (Zazen) / Looking for places
- what do I need in order to remain concentrated during 60 minutes on one spot?
Discrete Presence
- How can we install contemplative activities as performances?

Intervention (Sunday)
On Sunday 8 November several spots in the immediate surrounding of Tanztendenz München will be physically occupied. During a couple of hours (depending on the amount of participants min. 6 hours, max. 12 hours) people are installing themselves on the selected spots. With the help of a rotating system all spots are ideally continuously occupied.

People are invited to do a parcours, departing from studio A in Tanztendenz München and along the other spots, where they can watch the installed people or settle down themselves for a while.

"Sitting With The Body / PARADE" is based on the work "Sitting With The Body 24/7 - Retreat in public space".
Our lives are governed by an economy that never sleeps. What is its impact on our relationship with time, work and our body? During "Sitting With The Body 24/7" a group of people retreated into a vacant commercial space with huge windows giving out onto the streets - executing certain actions, in full concentration, seven days in a row and around the clock. Following a strict schedule people were sitting, lying down, standing, walking, resting, making things, dancing, speaking and looking around. This single-tasking contrasted with the urban surrounding and the possible influences and disturbances, which can stem from it. People could watch all of this or enter the space and delve into action themselves.

november 6 to 8, 2015, 11 am to 6 pm

Participants: max. 12 artists, already working on this topic or interested in it. Please send a short cv and letter of motivation to mgomis@gmx.de until october 28, 2015. No fee!

Call for papers (deutsch) / Call for papers (english)
LECTURE by Heike Langsdorf
november 6, 2015, 6 pm at Tanztendenz

november 8, 2015, 11 am to 5 pm / at Tanztendenz
(please check the starting time again)

Lindwurmstr. 88
80337 München
U3 / U6 Poccistraße

Free entrance

Tanztendenz Munich e.V. is sponsored
by the Munich Department of Arts and Culture
(*1974, Burghausen, Germany)
is a Brussels based performing artist. She studies classical and contemporary dance at the Conservatory of Arnhem (Nl) and followed the Advanced performance Training at a.pass, where she occasionally now works as a coach and in association with artistic researchers Elke Van Campenhout, Lilia Mestre, Einat Tuchman a.o.
She worked with various international theater makers, amongst others with Karin Post, Krisztina de Chatel, Thierry Smits, Alexandra Dementieva, Alexander Baervoets and Kris Verdonck, most intensively with Jan Fabre.
Since 2002 she is member of the artist collective C&H and since 2010 she produces work with her working figure radical_hope.
Since 2013 she gives class at KASK (Hogeschool Gent) Mulltimedia Design / Activated Space and frequently works with children and teenagers in various Brussels school contexts. In 2013 Langsdorf received traject subsidies as well as a development grant. Until the summer 2014 she is now busy executing her artist trajectory OTÇOE - works for passers-by and developping the movement research sitting with the body further into a choreographic work for public space, premiering beginning of 2015.