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summer main event

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b12 summer main event


location: eden***** studios


Oleg Stepanov

dancer in tanztheater wuppertal pina bausch | former dancer in gothenburg dance company


from the pure potentiality / constructing inside and outside the body space

imagine a space of any possibilities and endless creative abilities. imagine a space comprising of many versions of any possible event or action, or sound, image, text, etc. a space that is ready to burst with its potential at any moment and simultaneously endowed with qualities of chaos and order. imagine you're in that space, and these things manifest themselves through your body in one way or the other. you just need to budge, you need only to find a point around which something begins to coagulate, and then another point at which that material converges into a certain feature, and then you observe how newborn things acquire shape and rhythm. imagine that space containing myriads of such points pulsating and waiting for their activation. in this 4-day study, i propose to create a system based on the above idea where we can exist in multi-universes of movement and gesture. we'll try to create a kind of mechanism for dance and a landscape in which our body can become a tool for extracting from incomprehensible endless emptiness something distinct and articulated, simple or complex, that can be assembled into a variegated mosaic, and form an autonomous language for the movement and dance. we'll establish the principles that set the vector towards the goal while allowing the deviations and defects of the system to become an impetus for the new, unpredictable, and unfamiliar. and maybe we'll even get closer to the mystery of how and why things happen the way they happen.

some workshops offer group improvisation or partnering. these workshops elements may or may not be possible and the teachers and choreographers will modify their workshops accordingly in line with the health and safety measures required at the time. please stay flexible. thank you!

oleg is a choreographer and dance artist. born in russia, he graduated from the department of physics at ural state university. he began his dance career at the age of 23. as a dancer, he received and developed his skills at various workshops. he danced and created pieces in the leading companies of contemporary dance in russia. for 3 years he danced in gothenburg dance company. since 2016, he has been a dancer in tanztheater wuppertal pina bausch. he has worked with choreographers/creators such as dimitris papaioannou, saburo teshigawara, sidi larbi cherkaoui, alan lucien oyen, constanza macras, Richard siegal, uri ivgi & johan greben, anton lachky, and others. oleg develops his choreographic language and method through observation of the body in space and space in the body. And in particular, he sees the movement as a synthesis of the architecture and biomechanics of the body with a sensitive and sensorial inner journey. In his creative work, it’s important for him to assume and envision that the body is endowed with qualities of the subject and the object simultaneously, and that it exists in spacetime among pure potentialities and multitude of choices.


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