From Weightlessness to Zen Acrobatics

Examining the space between therapy, dance and intense physical challenges

 

with Almog Loven and Tom Weksler

20-22nd of October 2017, Sportcentrum de Club – Assendelft (near Amsterdam) – NL

This workshop will examine the connecting points between the technical ability to listen to the body and the ability to challenge it and push it towards extreme directions and angles.

For many years, Almog and Tom have been inquiring about how different states of mind may influence physical practices and vice-versa; how thinking patterns can support and enable a difficult challenge and how a mindful rigorous physical practice can lead to ground-breaking discoveries. What is key for becoming a resilient mover and how far can you stretch your limits and survive to push them further?

The workshop will touch both the therapeutic aspects of movement and the acrobatics training. It will use dance as an “empty canvas” or “laboratory” for reflecting over the differences and similarities between the two extremes.

Almog and Tom have been collaborating in different ways for over seven years. Their mutual interest in researching endless movement qualities is brought forth in this seminar: from the minute nuances of shedding self-resistance to the ecstatic feeling of riding an awesome wave – the different possibilities for taking flight will be explored.

About Almog Loven

Almog graduated from The Maslool professional dance program in Tel Aviv in 2009. He then won the prestigious danceWEB scholarship, for Vienna’s Impulstanz festival.

As a professional dancer, Almog has danced with award-winning dance companies such as Inbal Pinto and Avshalom Pollak Dance Company (Israel), La Veronal (Spain) and others. His practice is influenced by his study of the Axis Syllabus method, the Release technique and the principles offered by Moshe Feldenkrais. Almog is also a certified practitioner in the Ilan Lev Method, promoting an extension of skeletal mobility beyond the familiar range.

He holds a degree in Psychology, Literature and Cognitive Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where he focused on the study of chronic pain and psychological flexibility.
Almog is currently a guest teacher at ArtEZ dance academy, alongside giving Weightlessness seminars around the world.

About Tom Weksler

Tom has been practicing Martial Arts and different forms of acrobatic disciplines from a young age. Tom graduated in 2009 from The Workshop For Dancers and Choreographers in Haifa. Since 2010, Tom has been dancing with Inbal Pinto and Avshallom Pollak Dance Company and performed with the company’s productions in many theatres and festivals around the world.

Tom is currently performing around the world the performance “Collective Loss Of Memory” – choreographed by Rootlessroot (Jozef Fruček and Linda Kapetanea) and produced by Dot504. Since 2017 Tom has been working with the Barcelona Based Choreographers Guy Nader and Maria Campose and co-creating with them the “Set of Sets” which will premiere in April 2018 in Mercat De La Flor. In 2014 Tom Created the Duets “SARU” and “Heder” in collaboration with Tokyo-based dancer and choreographer Mayumu Minakawa. Both currently touring around the world.

Tom’s movement workshops have taken place in dance and circus schools, dojos, dance festivals and professional companies in Tel Aviv, Amsterdam, Athens, London, Copenhagen, Berlin, Bratislava, Milan, Rome, Antwerp, Brussels, Prague, Boston, Toronto, San Francisco, New York, Guadalajara, Kyoto, Tokyo, Hiroshima, Hong Kong and more.

Timetable

Friday 20th of October : 17.00 – 20.30h
Saturday 21st of October : 10.00 – 13.30h and 14.30 – 17.00h
Sunday 22nd of October : 10.00 – 13.30h and 14.30 – 17.00h

Costs

This seminar costs € 250,- (incl. BTW).

Location

The seminar takes place at Sportcentrum de Club, Industrieweg 10, Assendelft – NL. This is a 10 minutes drive from Amsterdam. There are several hostels in the area. If you need any advise on these, please contact us.

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