This workshop will be a laboratory for collecting new sensory information, as well as an opportunity to disorient ourselves, and move big. Part aerobic workout dance party, part mind body integration, our focus will be on coordination, motion, whole body perception, and embodied intimacy with self, other, environment, and group. We will sweat to music, manipulate each other’s bodies, and move very quickly, and very slowly, indoors and out. Expect to have fun and be challenged. All over the age of 12 are very much welcome, no dance experience necessary.
In their teaching, Asher and Hana draw from their movement/meditation/artistic practices, which are deeply influenced by Deborah Hay, d. Sabela grimes, Insight Meditation, Chi Kung, and Body Weather, a comprehensive movement (non)technique developed by Min Tanaka at Body Weather Farm in Hakushu, Japan, in which the body is encouraged to fluctuate – like the weather —changing constantly.
JULY 6-8, 2018
Instructors: Asher Woodworth and Hana Van der Kolk
Maximum students: 10
Asher Woodworth is a multidisciplinary artist based in Maine. Asher’s background is in performance, postmodern dance, and video. He works primarily with bodies and concepts, but also objects, plants, and heat. Recently Asher has worked with Dean Moss, Deborah Hay, and Hana van Der Kolk. He has shown his work at Movement Research, Danspace Project, SPACE Gallery, Boston Center for the Arts, and has led workshops and performed nationally and internationally at such venues as MoMA, The Walker Art Center, Diverseworks, BRIC, Kelly Strayhorn Theater, The Electric Lodge, CATI Dans, Body Actualized Center, and Uferstudios Berlin. He is the recipient of a 2015 Touring Grant from New England Foundation for the Arts. Asher holds a BA in Dance and Philosophy from Bennington College.
Movement Research; Danspace Project; SPACE Gallery; Boston Center for the Arts
2015 Touring Grant, New England Foundation for the Arts
Education: BA Dance and Pilosophy, Bennington College; Body Weather Farm
Hana Van der kolk
Hana van der Kolk is a dancer, artist, educator, and organizer of community events. Her art-making practice stems from the following questions: How do beliefs, culture, and thought shape corporeal life? How do somatic orientations and engagements shape mental space? And, how might examining and playing with (and in) these relationships positively destabilize notions of gender, sexuality, work, nature, politics, power, and death? The resulting works propose platforms for radical perceptual shifts-and maybe even healing-and take place on stage, in galleries and warehouses, on video and the page, and in outdoor public spaces, include live, video, sound, and written components. Based in Los Angeles from 2005-2011, Hana is currently based in Troy, New York and Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She teaches under the name radial diamond kinetics locally and abroad, has shown work nationally and internationally, and collaborates with numerous people including Sean Desiree, Tomislav Feller, Lailye Weidman, Kamryn Wolf, Daniel Lander, Asher Woodworth, Ethan Kiermaier, Jason Martin/Power Animal System, Shanna Goldman/CommunityLAB, and Senem Pirler. Hana co-hosts Troy’s seasonal queer dance party, Polly, which acts as a fundraiser for a different local social justice or arts initiative each season, and is a dedicated safe space for women, queers, and people of color, and works with Troy Bike Rescue’s Youth Shop. She has taught performance/dance at Williams College, Marlboro College, and the School for New Dance Development in Amsterdam, and has worked with refugees at the Psychotrauma Centrum in Den Bosch, the Netherlands, police officers and fire fighters in New York City, community members at Torteaturn in Stockholm, Sweden and the YWCA in Troy. Hana holds an MFA from UCLA and will be a begin a practice-based doctoral program in art at RPI in Troy this fall.