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summer | main event
running from the 1st to the 30th of july 2023

© mattia bosio

b12 summer main event


location: eden***** studios


Oleg Stepanov

body-mind entagled movement researcher | dancer in Tanztheater wuppertal pina bausch


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I invite you to study the system of improvisation and movement generation, which I've been researching and developing for several years now. The longer I explore the body, mind and spirit, the more I find how diverse our tools of cognition and existence are, and how endless we are in our limitations. The organism is such a mosaic of states, qualities and structures that gives us almost infinite number of variations for constructing, experiencing and expressing the movement. It is this most infinite set of options that arouses my interest. I am eager to find how to achieve virtuosity and unpredictability in dance, complexity and simplicity at the same time, the feeling that the dance is easy, but at the same time, not primitive or boring. I am looking for a dance that, having conceptual and intelligent foundations in itself, nevertheless transmits them into body level. I like to play with defragmentation and re-assembling, non-linearly and non-trivially alternate the natural human movement with an unusual and peculiar, which allows me to break the habitual style of behaviour and create a dance that is constantly shifting, and thus really moving, even when it's still. As a result, not only physically complex material is being created, but also material that has metaphorical and poetic facets. all of the above already expands quite a large map for manoeuvres. The body is this map; the detail and scale of which we will delicately draw and define in this laboratory.

please be aware of our early bird special offer for this workshop! you can apply for this offer up until the 24th of march 2023. after the 24th the regular workshop fee applies. applications are accepted up until one day before the workshops starts.

oleg is a dance artist and choreographer, 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 collaborated in original creations with such choreographers/directors as dimitris papaioannou, saburo teshigawara, sidi larbi cherkaoui, alan lucien oyen, richard siegal, constanza macras, uri ivgi & johan greben, anton lachky and others. oleg actively creates independently, as well as in collaboration with other artists. his choreographic language and method is based on the observation of the body in space and space in the body. in particular, oleg sees the movement as a synthesis between the architecture and biomechanics of the body and a sensitive and sensorial inner journey. in his creative work, it’s important for oleg 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 a multitude of choices.


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