15. September um 10:00 - 13:0050 / 30
Dance workshop with Tarantella dancer Maristella Martella from southern Italy.
Maristella Martella’s starting point of research is ritual, and the origin of therapeutic traditional music and dance from Southern Italy: of trance and Tarantism. For Martella, delving into the technical virtuosity and choreographic complexity of traditional dance is not enough. She takes it further by analyzing the practice of ritual and its theatrical expression by adding the dimension of contemporary dance’s language. This way, different possibilities for reading and interpreting traditional codes and their transformations can be offered.
The methodology that Martella follows is predominantly experiential and deductive. Therefore, the foundation is practice. However, it alternates with moments of observation and reflection aimed at developing a new practice.
Practical and conscious experience matures through the process of transformation of the movement, within a structure of choral improvisation. The training is based on a conscious and profound exercise of one’s own energetic body, which follows to the material one. Martella’s personal reflection on movement, which has matured through her work as a dancer, choreographer, and interpreter of ethno-contemporary dance, flows into it.
The exercise of listening to one’s own and others’ movement and the intertwining of their respective motoric geometries, determines a deep immersion in the body itself as a mirror of a unique experience; bearer of one’s own individual and collective history.
Movement is experienced in an incessant transformation – transition of forms in balance between fullness and emptiness, tension and relaxation, balance and disequilibrium. The individual dancers will undergo a guided improvisation to move through these processes.