Flying Low with Ben McEwen
Monday 1 July
Morning Professional Class 10:30-12:00 (£5.50)
Afternoon Workshop 13:00-15:30 (£20)
Book one or join us for both!
In the morning we'll look at some principles of floorwork, through the material of Flying Low - a technique initiated by David Zambrano that uses simple movement patterns and principles (such as spiralling and alternating between expansion and cohesion) to dance our whole selves in, out and along the floor with safety, speed, efficiency... and pleasure! We'll take a detailed look at the movements, breaking them down to allow everyone to find a way though the material that works for them, before putting it all back together for some full-bodied dancing!
Continuing the thread from the morning, the afternoon will be group improvisation. We'll rigorously and playfully look at how to place our pathways, phrases and movements in relation to others' in space. Starting from walking and running patterns, with tools for opening our attention and sharpening our decision making. We'll then bring this work into our dancing, with the overarching attitude that generating movement is not the end point of improvisation, but rather dancing that is relevant to the situation and communicative to all participants and audience.
For the floorwork, we highly recommend long trousers (within reason!) and covered shoulders.
Suitable for advanced degree students, recent graduates and professionals
Ben graduated from Trinity Laban before going on to complete the training cycle at P.A.R.T.S. (BE), where he had his first opportunity to study with David Zambrano, the initiator of Flying Low. Now he regularly works as a performer and researcher for, among others; Charlotte Spencer Projects, Joon Dance, Francesco Scavetta/Wee and Vera Tussing. Alongside performing he teaches at conservatoires, universities and professional classes throughout Europe. He also practices Aikido at Tetsushinkan/MovingEast and enjoys barefoot running and wandering amongst mountains with a small tent and a big smile.