January 01, 2013
Q: Will I be learning specific Pilobolus repertory?
A: You will not be learning Pilobolus repertory. However, the Level II and Level III workshops may use repertory as examples of fundamental weight sharing techniques and styles. These exercises are used to learn skills, which will be applied to creating your own Pilobolus-style movements.
Q: What is a typical day like?
A: A typical day begins with an organized group warm-up, exploring movement as a group, as well as movement through space, and time and the ability to recognize non-verbal communication within movement. Next, the group explores Pilobolus principles and methods for creating through exercises and physical improvisations. These exercises, directed by veteran Pilobolus dancers and teaching artists, develop our physical language for further discussion on the material developed by the group and individuals.
After lunch, small groups will create original work together based partly on the lessons learned through the morning's explorations. You will be putting the Pilobolus collaborative philosophy in practice: making art together demands a mutual commitment from the group to the individual and the individual to the group. Showings of the work will be presented to the full group after which everyone will make observations on what they have seen.
Q: How physical is the workshop?
A: You will be moving all day. The principles are both explored and utilized through movement. Some exercises are taught through basic partnering, which brings you into direct contact with other participants. Strenuous physical exertion is not necessary but there will be opportunities for those who wish to challenge themselves physically at their own level. The physicality is self-regulated, but you will break a sweat several times each day. And you will have fun doing it!
Q: What should I wear?
Q: Is anyone interested in sharing accommodations?
A: Participants frequently share accommodations here in Washington. We'd be happy to connect you with those who are looking to share.