JULY 2018 - BERLIN
ABYME / PERFORMANCE PROJECT WITH SHANNON GILLEN
you will engage in a rigorous process of unearthing your inner wants and needs, which shannon uses to help performers develop characters that bond psychological and emotional states to physical ones. through combustive prompts, you will find yourself in a maelstrom of situations and feelings, which will compel each scene to escalate into a mad wilderness of movement.
immersed in the thick tension of the group, we will enter the abyss. not the emptiness of the void, but the fractal complexity of a dream within a dream. a process of reduplication will, like standing between two mirrors, force us to face the infinite extension of ourselves and our actions. doppelgängers, soul mates, and throngs of people will be seduced into wild mind-melds. you know that i know that you know that this is really happening.
shannon's experiences working with johannes wieland and currently with the artists of vim vigor, has influenced her approach to raw physical movement, the collaborative creative process and life. unabashedly personal, each work enters a terrain of human failure, triumph, and will.
VIVID STATES / A 4-DAY WORKSHOP WITH SHANNON GILLEN
i'm interested in raising the stakes and in doing so thrusting performers into surreal and heightened spaces. i'm interested in physical and psychological triggers and portals. and i'm interested in bringing characters to life that begin with our true natures and then break through into new and forbidden places.
working with improvisational and theatrical propositions we will look at: what happens when the floodgates of your inner world are opened? who do you become when you believe in a fantasy? how do we see the macro view of the full scene, whilst obsessed in the intimacies of our immediate interactions? how do we move seamlessly between the surreal and the simple?
activating both athlete and artist, we will begin each day with physical explorations that build strength and stamina, culminating into complex phrase work that traverses surprising and challenging landscapes of size, direction, tone and texture. theatrical propositions will follow, where the balance of listening and reacting will offer unprecedented access into the unknown territories of other people and ourselves.
to apply: www.b12.space