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What is really going on? Music and dance workshop with Asimina Chremos

I want to explore with dancers and musicians a mutual awareness of shared space. Sometimes it seems like dancers and musicians improvise and perform together, but it is like they are in two different worlds. I want to work on the reality that we ARE sharing the same space, and get deep about it. Dancers bodies make sounds, even if they don't vocalize or do anything percussive. Musicians have bodies and instruments that are visual elements in the performance area. Performance environments are rarely sound-locked - there are always some sounds from the environment. There is light, how we see what is happening. I want to work with the matter of our bodies and the reality of our sounds, with the reality of the fact that there is light, or dark, that our T-shirts have colors, etc.

In this workshop we will throw out the assumptions of our practices and look at what is really happening as we do our improvisational performance work. We will use our eyes, our ears, our skin, our perception to open to what is arising and real and not necessarily in our control. On the other hand, we can have faith that sensitivity leads to skill, and we always have choices to make, and we can refine our personal aesthetics through those sensitive, skilled choices.

Sunday June 5
potluck and performance to follow (workshop participants will participate in performance)
sliding scale, with $40 suggested donation - more if you've got it, free if you're broke

Asimina Chremos is a dancer, needleworker, and writer who focuses on embodied art processes. She has been exploring dance and related forms for over 30 years, and has been committed to solo dance improvisation, often in the company musicians, as a form for the last 15. During the 2000's she lived and worked in Chicago, where she formed a close working relationships with vocal improviser Carol Genetti. She has appeared at the High Zero Festival of experimental improvised music in Baltimore MD, and the XFest of improvised music, visuals, and movement in Holyoke MA. She is part of the Impermanent Society of Philadelphia, a group that promotes cross-disciplinary improvised performance. She currently lives in Philadelphia.