CABOOM Research-Workshop in Berlin

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In two intensive weekends, this workshop delves into creating an enhanced movement aesthetics for choreographed tap dance. At the first weekend, we generate choreographic images and rehearse new tap sequences. In this, Sebastian Weber will introduce many aspects of his new CABOOM method. To truly get the entire body into motion, each day begins with an hour of Gaga-training.

At the second weekend, the choreographic material will be modified and enhanced by transferring methods of contemporary dance to tap.

CABOOM

CABOOM is Sebastian Webers new approach at creating and rehearsing more visually captivating tap choreography. It sets off with analyzing the „inner logic“ of a choreographed sequence: how is the body organized in movement? Which parameters are important – functionally and aesthetically?

From this analysis, we develope an objective vocabulary that helps us shape movement more conciously, use momentum and gravity more effectively, and release movement blocks. As a result, the dancers move more dynnamically and spaciously.

In a second step, the movement repertoire is expanded by adding gestures and images that are drawn from thematic improvisations and movement research. The goal is to generate a specific movement language from a given thematic interest in a dramaturgically convincing way.

Gaga

Gaga  is the world famous training method of the Batsheva Dance Company and offers a great way for beginners and advanced dancers alike to deveope flexibility, agility, expressiveness and sensitivity in a very individual way. Plus, it‘s a lot of fun and can immediately be done by everybody!

Method transfer from contemporary dance

…is what the second weekend is all about. The focus is on two main questions. First: which suggestions for a better execution of our choreography does a good contemporary dancer have? And second: how would a contemporary choreographer use the potential of the tap dancers?

To find out, we expose ourselves to the ideas of renowned dancer and choreographer Damian Gmür. He may change the rehearsed sequences as he likes: delete or repeat parts, turn things upside down, add stuff, change tempo or phrasing, create new movement, implement improvisation, whatever…

The aim is to experience new perspectives on tap dance and find out what still feels like tap to us and what does not. What inspires and what annoys? What expands tap dance and where are the limits of the dance form?

Damian Gmür

Trained at the Hochschule der Künste of Zürich, Damian danced for numerous theaters and companies across Europe for more than 15 years. Today he works internationally as a choreographer for stage and film and as a teacher.

Melanie Sorin

Melanie Sorin studied contemporary dance in Lisbon und London, worked as a freelance dancer and started to get into Gaga intensively in 2010. She completed the first official Gaga Teacher Training Program lead by Israeli choreographer Ohad Naharin.

Sebastian Weber

Sebastian Weber works internationally as tap dance soloist, choreographer, and teacher. As a choreographer, he has realized numerous, often genre-crossing productions that develope tap dance as a contemporary form of artistic expression. For that he received many prestigeous grants on local, state, and national levels, as well as the Leipzig Movement Art Award twice.

Dates

Fr, Aug 18th, 2017 6pm – 9pm (with Sebastian Weber)
Sa, Aug 19th, 2017 10am – 7pm (with Melanie Sorin & SW)
So, Aug 20th, 2017 10am – 5pm (with Melanie Sorin & SW)

Fr, Aug 25th, 2017 6pm – 9pm (with Sebastian Weber)
Sa, Aug 26th, 2017 10am – 7pm (with Damian Gmür & SW)
So, Aug 27th, 2017 10am – 5pm (with Damian Gmür & SW)

We take breaks as needed, the workshop spans over about 30 hours of collective work.

Fee & registration

The workshop is for advanced tap dancers.

Participation fee is € 240. There is an early bird discout of 20 Euro for registration before June 15th.

Please note the terms of registration on the registration form.

Place

The workshop takes place at Blue Tap Steptanzstudio, Ohlauer Str. 43, 10999 Berlin

Informations

If you have questions, please send an email to office@sebastianweber.de
Classes will be held in English and German.