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1 What is Body Weather – Body/Landscape?

The basic training and point of departure for this workshop, Body Weather, is a comprehensive training and performance practice that investigates the intersections of bodies and their environments. Bodies are not conceived as fixed entities, but just like the weather, constantly changing through an infinite and complex system of processes occurring in and outside of these bodies. Taking Body Weather into the outdoors, the aim is to explore and develop consciousness of the body itself being an ever evolving landscape within a greater surrounding landscape.

What will the programme include?

*MB -(mind/body, muscles/bones) dance training *practice of and reflection on physical and mental training *walking and wandering, silent walk, pilgrimage and nocturnal journeys *various modes of experiencing body, movement and landscape *investigating divergent senses of space and time *peripatetic records, drawing, writing *mental topography of a location, myth and genius loci

Participants profile

For artists and mature students working in performance, dance, sculpture, photography, theatre, visual arts and for roamers and people interested in environment and natural history. This workshop is for participants aged 18+

Frank van de Ven

Frank van de Ven is a dancer and choreographer who spent his formative years in Japan working with Min Tanaka and the Maijuku Performance Company. Together with Katerina Bakatsaki he founded ‘Body Weather Amsterdam’, in 1993, as a platform for training and performance. Since 1995 with Milos Sejn (Academy of Art & Design, Prague, Czech Republic) he conducts the interdisciplinary Bohemiae Rosa Project, connecting body and landscape with art, geology and architecture.

For more info on BW Amsterdam see bodyweatheramsterdam.nl

Peak District

Our base will be in the village of Hathersage, close to Stanage Edge, 10 miles south west of Sheffield and 31 miles south east of Manchester. UK’s first national park (1951) is known for its moorlands and millstone grit areas, likely to be covered in beautiful purple heather in August. The millstones from climber’s favourites Bamford Edge, Curbar Edge and Stanage Edge provided the grindstones for the cutlery industry in Sheffield that dates back to 1297. Little John, one of Robin Hood’s trusty merry men is buried at a local church. This carboniferous limestone and sandstone habitat hosts abundant flora: lily of the valley, primrose, cowslip and dog’s mercury as well as rare jacob’s ladder. Many of the rivers of the region are low enough in sediment to provide home for white clawed crayfish, and there have been sightings of otters since their reintroduction in the 1990s. Birds include the tubby little dipper with its characteristic white ‘bib’, the grey wagtail with its distinctive yellow breast and tail feathers, kestrels, warblers, and chiff-chaff.

2 Practical information

Dates

6-9 August 2024.

Arrival is Monday 5 August evening. Departure Friday 9 August around 3pm

Address

Hathersage Scout Hut, Baulk Lane, Hathersage, Hope Valley, Derbyshire, S32 1AF
(not wheelchair accessible and on untarmacked road)

Getting there

Nearest railway station is Hathersage (half a mile away) Connections at Manchester Picadilly or Sheffield
We will inform you of possible car pool options.

Workshop fee

£ 270. Early bird/student/unwaged £ 240 (only when full price is paid before 1st of July 2024)

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Lodgings

£20 per night (£80 total) – shared dormitories – bring sheets, towel and sleeping bag

Food

£25 per day for 3 meals (£100 total). Communal cooking in rotation

Bring also

hiking boots – light sandals – notebook – backpack – raincoat and trousers – insect repellent – warm clothes – torch

Organization/contact in U.K.

Ali: aeob.movement@gmail.com

Information and registration

tel : +61 455 454 782 (Whatsapp) frank.bwa@xs4all.nl

Insurance

Each participant should have health insurance. You will need to sign a release form before start of the workshop.

3 Booking

We expect to fill up so to avoid disappointment do book early.

Please apply by sending a short c.v. and motivation letter to Frank van de Ven: frank.bwa@xs4all.nl

Upon acceptance you will need to send a non-refundable enrolment deposit of £60 to confirm your place.

Please be in touch with any questions you might have.

We look forward to moving with you in the Peak District.

 

Body Weather: Movement/performance workshop in Derbyshire
Date & Time:
From 06/08/2024 To 09/08/2024
Price: £240 before 1 July (then (£270) + food £100 + shared lodgings £80
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How to book: To apply please send a brief CV and statement about why you want to attend to: frank.bwa@xs4all.nl