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This Masterclass introduces the core principles of Taiji Quan and their creative application in the performing arts. We will practice a set of physical principles relating to breathing patterns and the merging of opposing poles such as in-out, open-close, gather-disperse. These physical principles are then experimented as choreographic dialogues of the body-mind-unit with the time-space-whole. Such operations are at the core of “Abstract Dramaturgy”, a continuously evolving set of structural and choreographic processes in which the word ‘abstract’ is used here as a verb – in that dancing is underscored as a live negotiation between Self and Otherness, between Figure and Ground. Meaning, narrative and dramaturgy are rendered as outcomes or by-products that depend on the liveness of the dance and dancer.

Venue: Trisutji Kamal Room, Taman Ismail Marzuki

  • Arco Renz

    Arco Renz is a choreographer, stage director, dance artist, dramaturg, teacher and performing arts curator. He studied dance and theater in his hometown of Bremen, Germany, in Berlin and Paris, before joining the first generation of P.A.R.T.S. (Performing Arts Research and Training Studios) in Brussels.

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