Be Like Water – A Workshop with Kari Hoaas


Firkin Crane, Shandon, Cork
Monday 13th – Friday 17th February 2017
10am – 3pm daily with sharing at 1pm on the final day
Cork City Dance Artist in Residence Programme Presents:
Be Like Water
by Kari Hoaas, hosted by Luke Murphy
€100 full week
(This low cost is made possible through Firkin Crane Supports for Dance)
Book early to avoid disappointment – Limited places
Booking fee online €1.50 per ticket
Booking (021) 4507487 (Opening Hours 11am – 2pm Tuesday to Friday)

Each day a technique class will take place from 10 – 11.30am followed by a 3 hour workshop from 12 – 3pm. A sharing will take place on the last day at 1pm. This workshop is suitable for dancers/dance students, movers and performers interested in exploring their physicality and developing their creating approaches.

Based on a philosophy that recognises individuality and constantly questions the choices we make as dancers, Kari will share her ongoing investigations into release based technique and choreographic practice. 

Focusing on the importance of breath and being grounded, dancers work with initiation and arrival, visceral and organic movement. Principals like support of the skeleton, the softness of joints, fall and momentum and sequential movement patterns will be explored, while sharpening the dancers attention and senses. The technique training  is about understanding the shifting of weight, clarity of movement, attention to detail, precision and dynamics in a multidirectional approach. 

In choreographic practice you will work individually, in partnering as well as group settings. Using Bruce Lee’s famous quote as a starting point and catalyst, diverse methods and approaches to creating dance will be proposed, practiced and discussed. Combining exercises of structure, resistance, manipulation and off-balance with mental imagery and imagination, you will strengthen your creating skills and trust in your individual potential and expression. 

About: Kari Hoaas is an award winning Norwegian choreographer, dancer and teacher. In 2005 she established Kari Hoaas Productions in Oslo, upon her return there after more than a decade working in New York City. She has created seven evening length productions in addition to numerous shorter works, commissions, site specific projects and collaborations with other artists. She is known to create physical and complex performances that allow for ambiguity and contradiction, while retaining a profoundly human quality connected to our broader culture. Her work has been produced and presented by major venues all over Norway and the Nordic region in addition to international co-productions and tours to the USA, Caribbean, Europe, Caucasus and the Middle East. She is Associate Professor at The Norwegian College of Dance in Oslo and teaches internationally.

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